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  1. Part one of two from the first half hour of Māori Television launch coverage.

  2. Part two of two from the first half hour of Māori Television launch coverage.

Synopsis

After years of protest, agitation, and court hearings, the Māori Television Service finally launched on 28 March 2004. This is the first 30 minutes that went to air. Presented by Julian Wilcox and Rongomaianiwaniwa Milroy, the transmission begins with a traditional montage of Aotearoa scenic wonder (with a twist of tangata whenua); the launch proper opens with a dawn ceremony at Māori Television's Newmarket offices, featuring MPs and other dignitaries. Wilcox also gives background information on the channel and outlines upcoming programming highlights.

Background

Whakaata Māori Dawn Service karakia, transcribed by Anahera Higgins 31.03.2014

Whakataka te hau ki te uru
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta
Kia mātaratara ki tai

Kia hī ake he atākura he tio
He huka he hau hu 

Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama
Tihei mauria ...

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 Rongomaianiwaniwa Milroy
 Julian Wilcox

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 Jerome Lepulu

Jerome Lepulu

One of the greatest milestones in New Zealand Television History. I Love You Maori TV, your shows are always informative, enlightening. You stay true to everything not just your culture, but the spirit touches us all.

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E ngā iwi o te motu tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai ki te wā whakatihi nei e rewa ai tēnei puiaki hou o te ao Māori hei ngāhunga ma te ao whānui tonu. Ina, ko te ratonga Irirangi Whakaata Māori e whai teita nei kia tiaho mai I nga tonga rerewa kua roa e toto katia ana mai anoo mai anoo ā mohoa nei. Iaianei kua ea te awhero kua māpurapura ngā whatu kua areare ngā taringa no reira anei ahau mihi te rere arorangi nei. 
E nga mana e nga reo nau mai ra. Welcome to the launch of the Māori Television channel. The launch marks the realisation of a dream that has taken many years of blood, sweat and tears. And we pay tribute to the efforts of those who've passed on. Today we celebrate the start of the Māori Television channel: A new era in broadcasting.