NZ On Air supports a documentary on the 1975 Land March and a variety show which sees Temuera Morrison follow in Sir Howard`s footsteps under its Maori programming strategy, Te Rautaki Maori.
Hikoi, a one-hour one-off documentary will focus on the 1975 Land March. It will retrace the steps of the original marchers, speak to living participants and use archival footage of the actual march. Made by Scottie Douglas Productions, it will screen on TV One.
NZ On Air has also agreed to support a new variety show featuring a wide spectrum of Maori entertainment hosted by Temuera Morrison.
Happy Hour, featuring a mix of music and comedy, will screen on TV One and be recorded in front of a live studio audience. The show promises to be in the tradition of some of our most loved Maori entertainers, with the multi-talented Temuera following in his uncle Howard’s footsteps.
“We look forward to seeing the revival of the variety format in Happy Hour. It will aim for broad appeal, with laughs and song. And the documentaryHikoi will be an important documentary which will examine and re-tell this significant piece of our history for a new generation,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.
Happy Hour, 8 x 1hr, Pango Aotearoa, TV One, $1,182,822
Hikoi, 1 x 1hr, Scottie Douglas Productions, TV One, $232,513