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Whai Ngata

Producer, Reporter, Executive [Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui]

Whai Ngata worked in Māori broadcasting at Television New Zealand for 25 years, a period when the quantity of Māori broadcasting underwent a major expansion. Starting as a reporter, he rose to become TVNZ's general manager of Māori Programming, a post he held from 1994 until retiring in 2008. Ngata was named an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit in 2007. He passed away on 3 April 2016.

Much of the revitalisation of Māori language and culture and its improved standing in Pākehā New Zealand has been the direct result of a handful of skilled, dedicated and passionate people like Whai. TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis in The NZ Herald, 21 June 2008

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Interview

Whai Ngata: Māori broadcasting pioneer...

Interview, 2010

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In Memoriam 2016

2016, Subject - Short Film

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Subject - Television

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Steven Wallace

2001, Executive Producer - Television

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Rangatira: In the Blood / He Toto i Tuku iho - Donna Awatere Huata

1998, Executive Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 1 - The War that Britain Lost (First Episode)

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 2 - Kings and Empires (Episode Two)

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 3 - The Invasion of the Waikato (Episode Three)

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 4 - Taranaki Prophets (Episode Four)

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars 5 - The East Coast Wars (Episode Five)

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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Rangatira: Merata Mita - Making Waves

1998, Executive Producer - Television

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The New Zealand Wars

1998, Associate Producer - Television

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Rangatira: Pita Sharples

1997, Executive Producer - Television

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Mai Time - Hirini Melbourne interview (excerpt)

1997, Executive Producer - Television

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Mai Time

1995 - 2007, Executive Producer - Television

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Radio Wha Waho

1993, Māori Language Consultant - Television

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Radio Wha Waho - First Episode

1993, Māori Language consultant - Television

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Ngarimu V.C

1993, Executive Producer - Television

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Māori Battalion - March to Victory

1990, Executive Producer - Television

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Waka Huia

1988 - 2008, Producer, Subject, Executive Producer - Television

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Waka Huia - First Episode

1987, Programme Editor - Television

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Te Karere

1983 - 1993, Editor, Presenter, Reporter - Television

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Koha

1983 - 1989, Director, Reporter - Television

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TV One News

1992 - 1993, Reporter - Television