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15 October Series 6 ep 32
Mighty River Power will be removed from the State Owned Enterprises Act on Tuesday 23 October, with the sale earmarked to go ahead between March and June 2013. Earlier this evening we spoke to the Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, and asked him what the point was of consultation when the outcome was a forgone conclusion? Making comments are Hone Harawira, John Tamihere and in Wellington Sir Eddie Taihakurei Durie. The name James Takamore is now nationally synonymous with the tension that exists between Māori customary practices and the Kiwi way of doing things. Reporter Mere McLean was given an exclusive tour of the Takamore whānau urupā in this special Native Affairs report. We spoke to the Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett about the security breach in her department. Hukanui and Whata Brown made Maori TV history by being the first father and son to make it through to the Grand Final of Homai Te Pakipaki. On Friday night Hukanui was named the 2012 Grand Champ and no one was happier about it than his old man.
08 October Series 6 ep 31
Here to debate the virtues of the Colour Blind campaign and NZ race relations are John Ansell and Metiria Turei. When Cook Islander Bill Teariki Mataki Framhein was 18 he was balloted into the NZ Army for national service. The NZ government won’t allow this former NZ soldier to receive his veteran’s pension in Rarotonga despite paying 26 years of taxes to this country. Semiramis Holland reports. Here to discuss the case are Major Ron Mark and Richard Pamatatau. At 9 years old Erana Clark was world famous in New Zealand, by 11 she already had a top ten single on the pop charts. Even if you haven’t heard Erana Clark's songs, chances are you've heard her singing the theme song to Home and Away or seen her on Australian Idol. Now at 52, she is Australia's go to vocal coach and has mentored stars like Stan Walker, Jessica Mauboy and Ricki-Lee Coulter. But the vocal legend has had enough of working on programmes like Australian Idol and X Factor because she believes the talent show genre is geared against Māori and Pasifika contestants. We caught up with Erana Clark at her Sydney recording studio.
01 October Series 6 ep 30
Local iwi, communities and councils took thirty years to develop a resource management plan for the Marlborough Sounds to protect certain areas from aquaculture. New Zealand King Salmon - a Malaysian majority owned company, applied to have the plan changed so they could build salmon farms in the protected zone. Iulia Leilua investigates. We spoke with Paula Bennett about a certain caravan park. What is the future for those communities whose lives have depended on mining coal for generations? Reporter Renee Kahukura Iosefa looks at the impact the job losses will have on the community of Huntly. Joining us are our political pundits Matt McCarten, Scott Campbell and Tina Wickliffe. He is the pride of Ngati Hine, Tony Kemp from the NZRL talks rugby league.
24 September Series 6 ep 29
We focus on a caravan park in West Auckland. Is it a campground or is the government using it as a dumping ground for the most desperate? Adrian Stevanon reports. We spoke with Housing Minister Phil Heatley earlier today.
They are our invisible workforce. It's reported that children as young as 12 are selling sex on the streets of Auckland. Native Affairs reporter Renee Kahukura Iosefa ventured out on the streets of Auckland to see how the law is being enforced to crackdown on child prostitution. From Gladys Knight to Chaka Khan, Van Morrison to Cliff Richard, she's sung with them all. Even current pop sensation Jessie J has sought out her special talents. We caught up with legendary jazz singer and music mentor Joy Yates.
17 September Series 6 ep 28
As part of its consultation process to discuss Maori rights to water, the government will begin meeting with iwi. Semiramis Holland reports on the water summit held at Turangawaewae. Bill English will meet with various iwi to discuss the Waitangi Tribunal's proposed share plus plan. We spoke to him about his new round of iwi consultation. Dr Ranginui Walker, Dr Ella Henry and Ward Kamo discuss the resolutions of the Wai summit and the government’s response. Earlier this evening we asked Hekia Parata why there was a proposed merger for the two kura kaupapa Māori in the region. Hip Hop choreographer extraordinaire Parris Goebel has had remarkable success since we last caught up with her and the crew from ReQuest - she's worked with Jennifer Lopez and is set to tackle Michael Jackson for Cirque Du Soleil. The girl from Manurewa was back in town to launch the programme for the SouthSide Arts Festival, which runs for a month starting on October 12.
03 September Series 6 ep 26
The Government has "decided to undertake a short period of consultation with iwi on the 'shares plus' concept raised in the Waitangi Tribunal's interim report”, even though it believes the share plus concept will not work and shouldn't proceed”. We speak to Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson. Dr Pita Sharples is in the studio to give us the Maori Party's reaction to the Government's announcement. Joining us now in the studio are Wai claimaint Maanu Paul, commentator John Tamihere and in Wellington Tamati Cairns, Pouakani spokesman. Semiramis Holland reports on the annual Pacific Islands Forum. It's been six years since Navy diver Rob Hewitt nearly lost his life while diving for crayfish off the Kapiti Coast. Since then he's published two books on his ordeal and featured in the popular international television series "I Shouldn't Be Alive”.
27 August Series 6 ep 25
Donna Hall is a lawyer who's fighting for her reputation as a lawyer. She is before the Lawyers and Conveyances Disciplinary Tribunal on a charge that alleges she brought her profession into disrepute. She denies the charge and says she has no case to answer. Last week the Waitangi Tribunal confirmed that Māori have residual proprietary rights to certain bodies of water. Discussing the Tribunal’s findings are Wai claimant Maanu Paul, commentator John Tamihere and live from Wellington, public law expert Mai Chen. Should Māori be able to expect the same level of accountability from their organisations and leaders as Pākehā? Here to discuss the issue of Maori accountability are Te Waihoroi Shortland, Scott Campbell and Ward Kamo. Michaela Angela Davis is the Brand Manager for Black Entertainment Television, the world's leading media brand for African Americans. Over her long career Michaela-Angela has worn as many hats as she has shoes. So when she hit town recently Annabelle Lee-Harris just had to meet her.
20 August Series 6 ep 24
Three more of our troops were killed in Afghanistan, including the first New Zealand woman to be killed in conflict in over 40 years - Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker. We’re joined by the Minister of Defence, the Honourable Dr Jonathan Coleman. The latest report from the Human Rights Commission says Māori, Pacific and Ethnic people aren't getting a fair go in New Zealand. And the Race Relations Commissioner, Joris De Bres, says this is evident in New Zealand's justice, health and education systems. Joining us now to discuss the report are Joris De Bres, Ella Henry and in Wellington is the campaigner for a "Colourblind" NZ, John Ansell. Work in Australia but keep Aotearoa home. Now it seems the government wants to keep those workers here. While it's ruled out mining our most precious conservation land, it now wants to survey less controversial areas like Northland and the West Coast. Semiramis Holland reports. The Limited Service Volunteer Programme run by Work and Income and the New Zealand Defence Force takes on 1,500 youth between 18-24 each year. The six weeks course, aims to get 85% of participants into employment. The team at Youth Development Unit North have managed to get 90% of its trainees into employment this year. Adrian Stevanon follows the highs and lows of their previous intake.
13 August Series 6 ep 23
From Aotearoa in Afghanistan to Unemployment in Upper Hutt, we talk politics with our esteemed panel. In studio are Leader of the Mana Party Hone Harawira, NZ First Leader Winston Peters, Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei and Shane Jones from the Labour Party. And all the way from Wellington is Te Ururoa Flavell for the Māori Party. Conspicuous by their absence this evening is the National Party. We approached no less than 12 National Party MPs to appear on our programme tonight including all of their Māori MPs, but not one of them made themselves available.
06 August Series 6 ep 22
A selection of Maori leaders met in Wellington at a special hui convened by the Minister of Maori Affairs to discuss Maori rights to fresh water, an issue currently being considered by the Waitangi Tribunal as part of an urgent claim taken on behalf of several hapu by the Maori Council. We spoke to the Minister of Maori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples. In the studio is one of the iwi leaders who was invited to be a part of today's hui; Haami Piripi, CEO for Te Rarawa. According to one young mother from Kaitaia, Ngahuka Wiki, the disrepair of her house shows a lack of integrity on her landlord's part, Housing NZ. Kaitaia Social Service provider He Korowai Trust is hoping to assist low income whānau into their own homes through a new housing development. Here to discuss this issue are Hone Harawira, leader of the Mana Party, and Yvonne Dainty, Glen Innes housing advocate. A high profile Australian journalist, Andrew Bolt, ended up in the federal court after he accused a group of educated Aboriginals of only identifying as indigenous for financial gain. One of the plaintiffs, Anita Heiss, has published a book titled 'Am I Black Enough For You? It talks about the right to self-identify, and the real meaning of freedom of speech. Makere Edwards reports. In an acting career that's spanned decades George Henare from Ngati Porou has come full circle, starring again in Awatea. The Auckland Theatre Company is staging Bruce Mason's play - which hasn't been seen on NZ stages for nearly 40 years.
16 July Series 6 ep 19
The water wars continue under urgency in Lower Hutt where today the Waitangi Tribunal heard evidence from Crown experts. The New Zealand Maori Council want the Government to halt its controversial sale of four state owned power companies until the Tribunal can determine what rights Maori have to water and whether the Mixed Ownership Model breaches Article Two of the Treaty. Reporter Tina Wickliffe wades into the debate.
We speak to Tony Ryall, Minister of State Owned Assets. Also on tonight are Shane Jones, David Clendon and Hone Harawira. We also have a panel of commentators, John Tamihere, Mai Chen and Duncan Garner.
09 July Series 6 ep 18
Marcelle Beer breaks her silence and talks to Semiramis Holland about the events leading up to the shooting of Anthony Ratahi last year. We strongly warn viewers that there is a segment that some people might find disturbing.
Iulia Leilua reports on Busby Noble, a mature student from Mangamuka who jumped aboard a Norwegian yacht called the Nilaya, and set sail for Antarctica.
Julian talks to Mihingarangi Forbes of Māori Television, and Mark Crysell of TVNZ on the findings of a study which found "Māori news in English language bulletins are relatively rare, and prioritises violence and criminality".
02 July Series 6 ep 17
Six senior Māori politicians from the various parties assemble at the Māori Television studios in Tāmaki Makaurau to discuss a range of current issues.
Tau Henare, Metiria Turei, Hone Harawira, Te Ururoa Flavell, Brendon Horan and Shane Jones talk with Julian Wilcox about the proposal to drug-test beneficiaries, marriage equality, Family Start and Whānau Ora, state asset sales and Māori claims to water.
We also reveal who Māori Television viewers rate as their most trusted… and least trusted… Māori politicians… and get our MPs reactions.
25 June Series 6 ep 16
Gay marriage. It's a divisive issue that could soon be put to Parliament. Claudette Hauiti and Sharon Hawke join us in the studio, they are in Civil Union relationships and are raising children with their partners, and joining them is child advocate Anton Blank. Five Māori Family Start providers have come under fire from the Government and will have their contracts cancelled at the end of this week; they spoke exclusively to Renee Kahukura Iosefa. Waipareira Trust is one of the five Māori Family Start providers to have their contract pulled. The Trust’s Chief Executive, John Tamihere, has just filed a court case seeking judicial review of that decision. We also talk with league legends Steve Price and Tony Kemp.
He was the last surviving officer of the 28 Maori Battalion. He was one of just two surviving veterans of C Company from Te Whānau ā Apanui. News broke that John "The Major" Waititi, passed away at Tauranga Hospital. In 2009, Julian Wilcox was fortunate to interview Papa John at Tukaki Marae in Te Kaha. John, "The Major" Waititi is currently at Wairuru Marae, but will be taken to Kauaetangohia Marae tomorrow morning. His funeral will be held at the Marae on Thursday 28, at 11am.
No reira, hoki atu e pō whaiariki!
Nau mai rā e te ao Marama!
Tihēwa mauriora ki a tātou katoa!
18 June Series 6 ep 15
For every major development in New Zealand that requires resource management consent there is a Māori consultant. One such consultant is Buddy Mikaere. Iulia Leilua reports. Winston Peters and his NZ First Party held their AGM in Palmerston North over the weekend, and they believe they are far from a spent force, and are, in actual fact, growing in popularity. Joining us in studio are Tuariki John Delamere, Carmel Sepuloni, former Labour and David Clendon a current list MP for the Green Party. This month Samoa is celebrating its 50th year of Independence. Our reporter Adrian Stevanon delves into the migrants’ story; as told by the larger than life Laughing Samoan funny man, Tofiga Fepulea'i.
11 June Series 6 ep 14
In a television exclusive, reporter Tina Wickliffe spoke to the whānau of the eight people who perished in the Easy Rider tragedy in the Foveaux Strait. On the political panel we have Duncan Garner, Matt McCarten and Marama Davidson. The Ngāti Pōneke Young Māori Club celebrated their 75th anniversary at the marae of Pipitea, Makere Edwards reports. Hone Harawira and Dr Lance O’Sullivan are on the Māori Health panel to speak about Dr Sullivan’s resignation from Te Hauora o Te Hiku o Te Ika. Last week Iulia Leilua travelled to Tolaga Bay to observe a piece of astronomical history, the transit of Venus.
04 June Series 6 ep 13
Tonight we catch up with our political panel to see what they're thinking about the current state of parliamentary affairs; two participants of the controversial GC series are livein our studio - what were they thinking - and we're up north where local iwi want a rethink on a proposed tourist cycleway.
28 May Series 6 ep 12
Lawyers for Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara filed appeals against their sentences for firearms convictions following the Urewera raids in 2007. We get a reaction from Police Commissioner Peter Marshall. Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party MP for Waiariki, whose electorate includes Te Urewera joins us. On the panel we have Metiria Turei, Khylee Quince and Nevil Gibson. This week Samoa celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence from New Zealand. The celebrations played out against the backdrop of two of the darkest chapters in New Zealand's history. Adrian Stevanon reports from Apia.
21 May Series 6 ep 11
Iulia Leilua reports on two of the country’s most famous Māori schools, St Stephens and Queen Victoria, and the Anglican Church.
Guests Louisa Wall, Andy Haden, Willie Lose and Joris de Bres discuss racism in NZ sport.
Lincoln Roberts is a 4 year old Māori boy who was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. His mum Nancy Himiona told their story to Renee Kahukura.
14 May Series 6 ep 10
On Native Affairs LIVE we dedicate our programme to Operation Eight. Justice Brewer granted a crown application for a stay of proceedings in Auckland's High Court. This followed the failed prosecution of Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Signer and Emily Bailey on charges of belonging to an organised criminal group. Julian speaks to Greg O’connor of the NZ Police Association, and on the panel are Annette Sykes, Matt McCarten, Stephen Franks and Russell Brown.
07 o Haratua Series 6 ep 9
We travel to Hawaii where charter schools are becoming the school of choice for many indigenous Hawaiians. In the studio are Catherine Isaac, the former ACT Party President and Chair of the government's Charter Schools Working Group, and Laures Park, Matua Takawaenga, NZ Educational Institute.
Next month the Waitangi Tribunal will hear, under urgency, a claim by the Mangatū Incorporation. Discussing the wider implications of this are commentator Sandra Lee - and Roger Drummond, legal advisor to the Mangatu Incoporation.
30 o Paengawhāwhā Series 6 ep 8
Key issues are discussed amongst senior Māori MPs from the main political parties. On the panel are Dr Pita Sharples, Nanaia Mahuta, Hone Harawira, David Clendon, Winston Peters me Hekia Parata. Topics include Asset sales Hīkoi, Pokies, Mihi Puriri and her children, Charter schools and a tribute to Nanny Hui Kahu of the Pātea Māori Club.
23 o Paengawhāwhā Series 6 ep 7
Last year Mihi Puriri and her husband Mohamed Azzaoui took their three children back to his native Algeria to see his sick father. Mihi family claims it was all a ploy to get custody of the children. Annabelle Lee-Harris reports.
Lesley Longstone, Secretary for Education from the Ministry of Education is on the panel.
Four years ago the tiny community of Whakakī just south of Gisborne had their pātaka kai decimated when a commercial fisherman plundered the tuna stocks. Renee Kahukura-Iosefa was sent back to her hapū of Whakakī Kiri Tuna, to produce this story.
On Wednesday Māori Television will once again broadcast extensive coverage of ANZAC Day celebrations from around the country.
16 April Series 6 ep 6
For decades the Aussies have been claiming what's our is theirs but Jennifer Alexander is claiming a slice of land in Paramatta for Māori so that it can be returned to the Aboriginal people of the Dharug Nation.
Moerewa School senior classes have been under threat of closure - Keri MIlne-Ihimaera joins us on the panel.
The Cold Creek Water Supply issue is heating up in south Taranaki over who should own and operate the rural water scheme.Joining us in the studio is Morgan Godfrey who blogs as Mauistreet and Matt McCarten. Native Affairs attends a rodeo event in Waikato as calls have been made by an animal rights group to ban rodeos in the Hamilton area.
9 April 2012 Series 6 ep 5
Sir Peter Tapsell- Tangi held at Whakaue Marae.
Corporal Douglas Hughes - tangi held at his Mother's marae, Te Tarai o Rahiri Marae, Pakotai Kaikohe.
Moerewa School - Senior students are passing exams above the national average for Māori, but the Ministry of Education wants to close down the senior classes.
Narrow Neck - Ngāti Whatua Orakei Claims settlement Bill.
2 April 2012 Series 6 ep 4
Native Affairs pays special tribute to the late Archdeacon Dr Hone Kaa live from Hinepare Marae in Rangitukia…
Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Anglican Bishop of Te Taitokerau and Iritana Tawhiwhirangi speak to Julian Wilcox…
King George Tupou V is remembered. Adrian Stevanon has a special report on the state funeral and the new king, King George Tupou VI…
Keri Kaa converses with Julian…
6 March 2012 Series 6 ep 3
Annabelle Lee-Harris presents Native Affairs while Julian is attending the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network conference in Norway.
Tame Iti and Urs Signer join us in the studio...
Whitecliffs. He’s Pākehā, she’s Tuhoe, and they live in the heart of Taranaki. They’re fighting what they call a modern day land grab against a district council and a government department who have grand designs on their land...
Tongan King. Reporter Adrian Stevanon interviewed Lord Albert Vaea, Chairman of the State Funeral Committee...
Ports of Auckland and Maritime Union have failed to reach an agreement on when 300 wharfies will be allowed to return to work...
19 March 2012 Series 6 ep 2
Tonight we’re LIVE from Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff. It’s been a dreadful week for the community following the Easy Rider tragedy…
Adrian Stevanon talks with Dallas Reedy, the sole survivor…
Part of a 2009 Native Affairs story by Whetu Fala about the muttonbird harvest...
Stephen Bragg, Māori Relations Manager for the Conservation Department & relative of the missing…
12 March 2012 Series 6 ep 1
A very special mother daughter duo in Christchurch...
Waitangi Tribunal meets Māori Council & the Crown over Māori rights to fresh water...
Sir Graham Latimer, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and section 9...
Dr Pita Sharples & Hone Harawira...
Hohepa - A true story about injustice, love and war...
25 July 2011, 05/19 WARNING: We warn viewers that Series 5, episode 19, 25 July 2011 contains graphic images of a tūpāpaku that some viewers may find disturbing. Exclusive with Ratahi Whānau. The whānau of Taranaki man Anthony Ratahi, who was shot dead by police, have approached Native Affairs to share their story. The daughters of Mr Ratahi are speaking out on episode 05/19 of Native Affairs, followed by a panel discussion led by anchor Julian Wilcox.