Māori TV to deliver Gallipoli service to worldwide audience

A century after the Gallipoli landings, Māori Television will provide a live feed of the New Zealand Commemorative Service at Chunuk Bair to a worldwide audience. 

This year is the second time Māori Television will be the host broadcaster at the New Zealand Commemorative Service in Gallipoli. Māori Television will provide a live feed of the service to other media including TVNZ, TV3, NZME, the BBC and Turkish Public Television.

Māori Television’s Anzac Day programming will start with live coverage of the Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and will conclude with the commemorative service from Gallipoli.

Chief Executive Paora Maxwell says that it is a privilege for Māori Television to be chosen as the host broadcaster for such a historic event. “It is an honour to be involved in this year’s centenary commemoration. It is also an opportunity to pay homage to New Zealand service men and women who died in battle, over one hundred years ago, and to also acknowledge the Allied and Turkish service personnel who gave their lives for their respective countries.

“Māori Television is well placed to tell New Zealand stories from a Māori perspective and to reflect New Zealand culture in those stories.” 

Producer Colin McRae says this year’s programming has a strong focus on live broadcasts from the service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and from Gallipoli. “Programmes are themed around the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign and C Company of the 28th Māori Battalion.”

Highlights of this year’s coverage will see premieres of five documentaries, Tides of Blood featuring actor Sam Neill who looks at his family’s involvement in war and the legacy of Anzac on both sides of the Tasman. Brendon Butt’s Shovels and Guns, explores controversial accusations of cowardice levelled at his great uncle, an officer in the Māori contingent during WWI. Echoes of Gallipoli by broadcaster Cameron Bennett puts the Gallipoli campaign into a modern perspective. The Cowboys, C Company with Wena Harawira looks into the personal stories behind C Company, the Cowboys of the 28th Māori Battalion. Kirsty Babington’s Ngā Rā ō Hune discusses why the Tainui iwi refused to send its men to join an army that confiscated 1.2million acres of its tribal lands only 50 years before.

Caption: Māori Television’s Anzac Day host Judy Bailey at Gallipoli Peninsula overlooking Anzac Cove.

Lana Simmons-Donaldson
Tumu Whakapā | Communications Manager
Email: lana.simmons-donaldson@maoritelevision.com
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