From Sunday 3 March, New Zealanders living in Australia will be able to watch TE KĀEA, Māori Television’s flagship news programme every Sunday at 6pm on National Indigenous Television (NITV).
NITV, part of the SBS family of channels in Australia, launched free-to-air in December 2012, attracting over 2.7 million viewers in their first month. They are already broadcasting popular Māori Television programmes HUNTING AOTEAROA and TANGAROA WITH PIO.
With the latest figures showing approximately 140,000 Māori and over 800,000 New Zealanders overall living across the ditch, chief executive Jim Mather said it is becoming increasingly important for Māori Television to broadcast programmes in Australia.
“With such large numbers of Māori and other Kiwis living in Australia, we are committed to remaining connected to them through this partnership with NITV. We also plan to offer more Māori Television programmes to showcase our language and culture to NITV’s rapidly growing audience”.
As members of the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network (WITBN), Māori Television and NITV enjoy a strong collaborative relationship. NITV channel manager Tanya Denning says: “We are proud to be able to feature local and national stories from the reporting team at Te Kāea and we look forward to developing this connection further.”