A voice for women speaks out in new show on Māori Television

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Friday, 28 March 2014

A VOICE FOR WOMEN SPEAKS OUT IN NEW SHOW ON MĀORI TELEVISION

A cherished Māori cultural art form comes to life on Māori Television with a new series called KARANGA – THE FIRST VOICE starting next week 

Hosted by Taupunakohe Tocker, this 10-part series explores the use and practice of karanga on different marae, in different iwi and hapū around Aotearoa.

Produced by Brave Star Media, KARANGA features a variety of Māori woman who perform the kaikaranga role on their marae and provides a platform for them to share their experiences as the first voice that visitors and guests hear.

Producer Nicola Smith says “some of the kuia talked about how tough it can be as a kaikaranga... the hours can sometimes be long, you could be sitting out in the rain... and you represent the mana of the marae; so if you don’t bring your ‘A’ game, you’ll hear all about it”.

Beginning on Wednesday 2 April at 7.30pm, this inspiring series celebrates the beauty of women and shares the treasured memories and stories from kuia, which Taupunakohe described as an honour to listen to. 

“It was an experience that not only reiterated some of the things that I already knew about karanga, but hearing the stories from the kuia also taught me about being a woman”.

KARANGA – THE FIRST VOICE screens on Māori Television from Wednesday 2 April to Wednesday 4 June at 7.30pm.

ENDS

Episodic billings and participant information to follow.

BILLINGS:
Episode one – screens Wednesday 2 April, 7.30pm
A new series about the treasured art form of karanga hosted by Taupunakohe Tocker. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to Te Wai Pounamu to speak to kaikaranga from Ngai Tahu. (PREMIERE)

Episode two – screens Wednesday 9 April, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to Rotorua to meet with kaikaranga from Te Arawa.

Episode three – screens Wednesday 16 April, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to the East Coast to meet with some Ngāti Porou kaikaranga.

Episode four – screens Wednesday 23 April, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe meets Auckland based Ngāpuhi kaikaranga, then travels north to Dargaville.

Episode five – screens Wednesday 30 April, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to Hawke's Bay to meet some kaikaranga from Ngāti Kahungunu.

Episode six – screens Wednesday 7 May, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe attends Koroneihana at Ngaruawahia to find out more about the role of kaikaranga at the special occasion.

Episode seven – screens Wednesday 14 May, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels Waitara and Parihaka to learn more about the unique karanga of Taranaki.

Episode eight – screens Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to Whakatane, Matata and Te Teko, to meet a few Ngati Awa kaikaranga.

Episode nine – screens Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels between Kaipara and Auckland to meet kaikaranga from different hapū of Ngāti Whātua.

Episode ten – screens Wednesday 4 June, 7.30pm
The traditional art form of karanga is the basis of this show. Tonight Taupunakohe travels to Te Urewera, Murupara and Wellington, to meet with kaikaranga from Tūhoe. (FINAL)

SERIES PARTICIPANTS AND LOCATIONS

Te Wai Pounamu: Hana O’Reagan, Paulette Tamati-Eliffe, Megan Potiki, Kiwa Hutchen, Ranui Ngarimu
Te Arawa: Norma Sturley, Lena Hinerunga Rapana, Minnie Ngahuka Vercoe, Tui Matira Ranapiri-Ransfield, Aroha Yates-Smith
Ngāti Porou: Georgina Kerekere, Ani Pahuru-Huriwai, Rhonda Tibble, Ani Piki Tuari, Raunikau Stainton, Keri Kaa
Ngāpuhi: Rangi Davis, Bella Hutchinson, Missy Hutchinson, Rina Tau|
Ngāti Kahugnunu: Raina Ferris, Helena Ferris
Tainui: Hera Haunui, Taui Thompson, Kirimaaku Kihi, Poihaere Barrett, Reta Puni-Tamainupo, Te Rita Papesche
Taranaki: Ngamata Skipper, Whero Bailey, Josie Bigham, Makere Wano, Puna Wano Bryant
Ngāti Awa: Amohaere Tangitu
Ngāti Whātua: Rewana Waaka, Rita Waaka, Naida Glavish, Koromiko Richards
Tūhoe: Rangimarie Rose Pere, Hokimoana Te Rika-Hekerangi, Hema Temara, Wena Tait, Te Ripowai Higgins

For interviews, images or further information contact:

Matangaro Paerau
Kaiwhakaputa Tuarua
Junior Publicist
Maori Television
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