Maori television programming continues to be critically acclaimed with nine nominations for the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards.

November 29, 2021

TE AO WITH MOANA is a finalist for Best Newsreel and Te Māngai Pāho for Best Maori Program while a feature documentary commissioned by Māori Television – LOIMATA: THE SWEETEST TEARS – is a finalist in three categories.

The New Zealand Television Awards recognize television excellence in honor of the special skills and unique talents of the individuals and companies who create, produce and perform in programs at Aotearoa.

A total of 117 nominations were named 2021 finalists out of more than 530 nominations in 37 categories.

Another acclaimed drama, Ahikāroa, recently won the supreme distinction for best performance at the NZ Web Fest awards.

The pioneering web series also won Best Actress for Turia Schmidt-Peke and Best Ensemble, while special mention was made to Best Director finalists Te Manawanui Rawiri, Kiel McNaughton, Puti Simich and Miriama McDowell.

The winners of the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards will be announced at a red carpet gala to be held at Shed 10 in Auckland on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

The finalists for Māori Television are:

Best News Program:

TE AO WITH MOANA

Hikurangi Kimiora Jackson, Moana Maniapoto and Colin McRae – Maori Television

Te Māngai Pāho Best Maori Program:

TE AO WITH MOANA

Hikurangi Kimiora Jackson, Moana Maniapoto and Colin McRae – Maori Television

NZ On Air Best Documentary:

LOIMATA: THE SWEETEST TEARS

Anna Marbrook, Jim Marbrook, Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni and Dame Gaylene Preston – Anna Marbrook Productions

Best Pasifika program:

LOIMATA: THE SWEETEST TEARS

Anna Marbrook, Jim Marbrook, Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni and Dame Gaylene Preston – Anna Marbrook Productions

Best Documentary / Factual Director:

LOIMATA: THE SWEETEST TEARS

Anna Marbrook – Anna Marbrook Productions

Best Live Event Coverage:

AUCKLAND DAWN SERVICE 2021

Sean Murphy and Wayne Leonard – Maori Television

Best Factual Series:

HOUSE, LAND AND SEA

Nicola Smith – Jack Media

Te Māngai Pāho Best Reo Maori Program:

TE RONGO TOA

Amanda Jones and Mana Epiha – Faultline Films

Te Māngai Pāho Best Reo Maori Program:

RAGE AGAINST RANGATAHI MMXX

Ngahuia Wade and Tina Wickliffe – Te Noni Limited

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