Native Affairs returns for its 2015 season

By Native Affairs

Tonight the Native Affairs team returns to Māori Television with a ground-breaking first show for it’s 2015 season.

For the first time the award winning current affairs show will also be live streamed on

Kicking off the season tonight, the Native Affairs team speaks to Lucy Akatere and Tania Vini who were wrongfully imprisoned at just 14 and 15 years old. 

In 2001 the court of appeal overturned their conviction and said they had the court's sympathy for the injustice that had wrongly sent them to prison.

However the injustices they suffered didn’t end there, the prison walls that had held them were gone, but the discrimination and judgement remained.

For the first time in 10 years Lucy and Tania come together in an emotional reunion to share their story with Native Affairs

The show also takes a look at the world’s largest and most prestigious kapa haka event, Te Matatini. Semiramis Holland looks into the festival to gage whether this indigenous art form and those who perform are receiving the recognition and support they should.

The Kawhia Kai Festival on the Waikato's West Coast is renowned for its annual day of traditional and rare Māori kai, however organisers of the event are facing some challenges. Billie Jo Hohepa Ropiha looks into the event and what the organisers had to say.

Ruwani Perera also spends time with 20 year old Mitch Evans, making his mark on the motor racing circuit.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8:30 on Māori Television or watch the live stream on our website. All the stories and the full show will also be available on Native Affairs Facebook page and