The new season also welcomes singer and songwriter Ria Hall as a co-presenter alongside Te Ori Paki, landscaper David Clayton-Greene and builder Harry Anneff.
Ria Hall says it was a privilege to come on board as a presenter. “It was a really great challenge and such an awesome experience. It was great to be working with Te Ori and I learnt so much on every shoot.”
The latest series of AIA MARAE DIY kicks off at Putahi Marae in Frasertown in Northern Hawke’s Bay, where an army of workers face some massive construction challenges and have to make a mad dash for the finish line.
Other episodes have the team working their wonders on Haititai-Marangai Marae in Whatuwhiwhi in Northland, Waimako Marae in Waikaremoana and Allandale School in Whakatane.
Hundreds of people come together for the four-days of renovation at each location, putting in lots of hard work and having a whole lot of fun.
Producer Nix Jaques says the four-day makeovers would not be possible without the support of local business communities and national trade organisations, and rely on the labour force of whānau.
“It’s incredible what can be achieved over such a short timeframe. All in all, the results are fabulous and the memories last a lifetime,” she says.
“It’s Kiwis doing what we do best - mucking in for our whanau.”
AIA MARAE DIY premieres for its 10th season on Māori Television on Wednesday, July 3 at 8.30pm.
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