New Zealand's Wharenui Explored

Travelling around the country, WHARE TAONGA shares more heartfelt stories with captivating insight into the local histories and tupuna of significance as well as the history of the buildings.

From the heart-wrenching tale of the Ngāti Whatua land confiscation to Te Poho-o-Rawiri, the first wharenui built under the guidance of Sir Apirana Ngata, WHARE TAONGA presents an important part of Aotearoa past, present and future.

Scottie Production’s executive producer Meg Douglas says although the show explores aspects of design and construction, the history of the people behind the buildings is the primary focus.

“The wharenui are not only physical structures, they are vessels for our stories, our histories and our futures,” she says.

“The series is a visual archive, preserving the knowledge of the people who have lived in and around the wharenui featured.”

From Papawai marae, the focus of Kotahitanga, the Māori parliament movement in the 19th century to Onuku marae, the Karaweko wharenui, which was one of the first places the Treaty was signed in the south, series two is rich in history.

WHARE TAONGA won Best Māori Language Programme at the New Zealand Television Awards 2012.  Series two promises iwi another chance to share their taonga, with the rest of the nation.

Tune in to WHARE TAONGA on Māori Television on Wednesday, July 3 at 8.30pm and on Te Reo channel on Sunday, July 6 at 8.30pm.


For interviews, images or further information contact:

Brooke Hawe

Kaiwhakaputa Tuarua

Junior Publicist

Māori Television

Phone     +64 9 539 7000

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