Karanga: The First Voice is a documentary series that explores Karanga - the unique artform practised by Māori women.
- EPISODE 1 - MĀ WAI RĀ E TAURIMA? - Monday 05 October, 8.00pm
Our panel of Kaikaranga discuss the many factors involved in being a Kaikaranga – what the responsibilities and challenges are. We head north to spend time with Panguru based kaikaranga, Deidre Wijohn.
- EPISODE 2 - MANA TUKU IHO - Monday 12 October, 8.00pm
Naida Glavish talks about inherited mana and the unique role of women which stems from the whare tangata. We meet Māori midwife Heather Muriwai and 2 sisters Lynley and Hinemoa who welcomed their daughter and niece with a karanga.
- EPISODE 3 - TAHA WAIRUA - Monday 19 October, 8.00pm
Our panel consider wairua and karanga. We meet Makuini Ruth Tai who references environment in her karanga. We also meet Brigitte Te Aweawe, a trainee Anglican priest. Her Karanga references Te Runga Rawa.
- EPISODE 4 - RANGARANGA - Monday 26 October, 8.00pm
A Kaikaranga can set the tone for a hui offering up connections through history or whakapapa. Whakaarahia Koroheke from Taranaki and Waikato-Maniapoto talks about the rich content and imagery in her karanga.
- EPISODE 5 - WHAKATUPURANGA RUA MANO - Monday 02 November, 8.00pm
The panel discuss ways to learn Karanga. We find out about Whakatupuranga Rua Mano, a remarkable 40-year strategy implemented by Te Kotahitanga (Ngāti Raukawa, Te Atiawa and Ngāti Toa) for the reclamation of reo and tikanga and how this impacted karanga.
- EPISODE 6 - TUKU REO, TUKU MOURI - Monday 09 November, 8.00pm
It all comes back to the Reo. Te Ingo Ngaia and Puna Wano Bryant (Te Reo o Taranaki Trust) outline the reo strategy to grow whānau knowledge of Taranaki mita through waiata, whakapapa, history and karanga.
- EPISODE 7 - KŌTIRO MĀORI E - Monday 16 November, 8.00pm
Our panel discuss the complex issues around girls and karanga. At Turakina Māori Girls College, Marton the girls learn reo, tikanga and also karanga. Principal Terehia Channings outlines her school's decision to do so.
- EPISODE 8 - ME KO HINE RĒHIA AHAU - Monday 23 November, 8.00pm
How does karanga within performance differ from karanga at the marae? The panel offer their thoughts on karanga in performance. We also meet 2 Kaikaranga, Tiahuia Ropitini and Renata Curtis who come from a kapa haka background.
- EPISODE 9 - KEI WĀHI KĒ - Monday 30 November, 8.00pm
Karanga often happens away from the marae. We meet Maaki Howard, kaikaranga at Auckland University of Technology who begins each graduation with a karanga. Healer Awhitia Mihaere gives her thoughts on the effect of karanga on wellness.
- EPISODE 10 - NGĀI PĀKEHĀ - Monday 07 December, 8.00pm
Anna Berry is a Kaiako at the Hoani Waititi kura and a kaikaranga at the marae there. She is also Pākehā. Our panel debate Pākehā women taking on the role of kaikaranga.
- EPISODE 11 - TE AO HURIHURI - Monday 14 December, 8.00pm
Selena Pirika is a Kaikaranga and a transgender woman. Selena talks about her love of karanga, and her supportive whanau. We follow Selena when she is Kaikaranga at Auckland's Gay Pride Parade. Panelists Mera and Rhonda give their opinions on this topic.
- EPISODE 12 - HE KETE KŌRERO - Monday 21 December, 8.00pm
Some final thoughts from Kaikaranga on issues such as preparation to deliver karanga, qualities of an outstanding karanga, and manaaki. Our panel take their leave of each other with some heartfelt comments about their time together.