New Series Tackles Issues That Affect The Core Of NZ Society

We meet people like George, who openly admits to physically abusing his wife.  We hear the disturbing details of his behaviour directly from George and his wife, and we see how he has turned his life around with forgiveness and love from his whānau. Taurangi talks about the effect his gambling addiction had on his family, Zack and Georgina speak about their devastating loss of a child and Shannon describes her difficult road to becoming a transsexual.  Other stories cover topics including suicide, drug addiction, crime and mental illness. 

Producer Nicola Smith, of Auckland-based Brave Star Media, says TE ARA WAIRUA – A NEW HOPE was hugely emotional to film. “It wasn’t uncommon for the crew to shed a few tears during the interviews. The atmosphere in the room would become so charged that we felt physically exhausted afterwards.” In TE ARA WAIRUA – A NEW HOPE, each subject sits alone in front of the camera, “looking down the barrel” of the lens and with unnerving honesty they share some of the darkest yet most honest experiences of the human condition. “It’s as if they are sitting with the viewer, sharing the space between the camera and themselves,” says Smith. “This makes each episode resonate with intimacy and truth,”
TE ARA WAIRUA – A NEW HOPE guides viewers through the complex layers of each person’s journey, avoiding the sensationalist and gratuitous and instead focusing on the essence of their story. The result is a gritty, provocative and, above all, graceful series.  Tune in to TE ARA WAIRUA – A NEW HOPE Monday, July 8 at 9.30pm on Māori Television. 

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