Friday Night Is Whānau Night On Māori Television

Māori Television is taking viewers back to an era of light entertainment with WHĀNAU FACTOR, a new family game show premiering on Friday, October 18 at 8.00pm.

The 13-part series hosted by Mātai Smith (Best Presenter Entertainment/Factual at the New Zealand Television Awards 2012) takes us back to the era of light entertainment and serves it up with a Māori twist.

Each week, team leaders Robynleigh Cowan-Emery and Parata Berryman will join a family pair in a series of challenges that will test their general knowledge, mental prowess and Māori language skills over three rounds in the hope of winning a jackpot of fantastic prizes.

Challenges include Out of Time, which takes contestants back to different periods in history; Family Whispers; Listen to Me, which tests the teams’ understanding of commands in te reo Māori, and a look through the pop culture archives for What The #Tag Are You Kids Watching?

The winning family pair then has the opportunity to win a truckload of household appliances, entertainment gear, as well as camping and lifestyle equipment – all supplied by U Buy.

Contestants came from far and wide to represent their whanau and take part in the studio-based game show, which is produced by the award-winning Scottie Productions.

In the first episode, Raewynne Murray (Weymouth) and her aunty-in-law Kathy Thomas (Atatu North) take on the mother-daughter combo of Riparata and Lineni Tuitupou (Papatoetoe) to compete for $4000 worth of prizes.

Strap yourself in for a rib-tickling half-hour of television that pits family against family in WHANAU FACTOR, starting Friday October 18 at 8.00pm.



Episode One:  October 18

A mother of nine and her youngest daughter take on an aunty and niece in this new studio-based family game show.  The first game is set in 1841 – can you guess which items had been introduced to Aotearoa then and which are ‘Out of Time?’ 

Episode Two: October 25

A Ngati Hine father and son team take on a dad and daughter combo from Kawhia Moana to compete for $4000 worth of prizes. The opening game Listen to Me will test the participants’ understanding of commands in te reo Maori.

Episode Three: November 1

It’s a cross-generational competition on Whanau Factor tonight. Team Wild, Wild West is a kuia and her great-nephew from Raglan who face off against an aunty and her namesake niece, who hail from Waiuku. 

Episode Four: November 8

Whanau Factor kicks off this episode in 1939 with host Matai Smith proudly wearing the Maori Battalion uniform.  Can the teams – a Ngati Hine mother and daughter and Ngai Tuhoe mother and son – work out which items had not yet been invented?

For interviews, images or further information contact:

Lauren Mentjox 
Kaiwhakaputa Matua
Senior Publicist
Maori Television
DDI +64 9 539 7108