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Tainui Stephens: Foremost Māori broadcaster...

Interview – 2009

Tainui Stephens (Te Rarawa) is one of our foremost Māori broadcasters. He has worked as a reporter, writer, director, producer and executive producer. His credits include Maori Battalion March to Victory and The New Zealand Wars. Stephens was a stalwart of TVNZ’s Māori Programmes department in the 1980s and 90s, working on the regular series Koha, Waka Huia, Marae and Mai Time.

In this ScreenTalk, Stephens talks about:

  • Being raised by his Pākehā mother, and his own personal journey 'into my Māoridom'
  • Beginning work at TVNZ Māori Programmes in 1984, and how much he enjoyed his work there
  • How he loves all the programmes he has worked on over the years
  • The good that Māori broadcasting can do
  • Māori Television - its success, and the important role it plays in New Zealand life
This video was first uploaded on 17 May 2009, 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 - Monika Ahuriri. Camera - Clare O'Leary. Editing - Leo Guerchmann