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Bailey Mackey: The man behind the GC…

Interview – 2013

Former Te Karere and 3 News reporter Bailey Mackey went on to produce high profile Māori shows through his company Pango Productions. He was the main creative force behind high profile series The GC, and reality show The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison.

In this ScreenTalk, Mackey talks about:

  • The shock of going from iwi radio to TVNZ show Te Karere
  • The challenges of working on 3 News
  • How the show Code brought sports talk to Māori Television
  • The origin of the show's famous phrase "Mean Māori Mean"
  • Being proud of rugby series Beneath the Māori Moon
  • Wanting to show a different side of Māori life in high profile series The GC
  • His thoughts on the controversy surrounding the show
  • Pitching actor Temuera Morrison the idea of featuring in his own reality show
  • Getting the right mix of drama, vulnerability and humour on the show
This video was first uploaded on 25 November 2013, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
I remember filming it, thinking that we were either onto something really really big, or it was gonna be something quite obscure that nobody was going to get . . . It did well. I think one of the most pleasing things for me was the amount of Māori that watched it —  that's probably the most satisfying and fulfilling thing for me.
– Bailey Mackey on the success of reality show The GC