Marae DIY is a long-running Māori Television series that brings a tangata whenua twist to the home renovation reality format: "marae knock out their 10-year plans in just four days". This Qantas Award-winning episode heads to Manutuke Marae (south of Gisborne) mid-winter in 2006. Marae DIY creator Nevak Rogers (aka Nevak Ilolahia) has Rongowhakaata whakapapa. Alongside co-presenter Te Ori Paki, Rogers plays cheerleader as her whānau rally to meet the goals: from french doors for the kitchen, to makeovers for the nannies (including a moko by Derek Lardelli).
[Marae DIY was a] great thing for the people of Manutuke. We did so much work, it seems so surreal – the wharenui, the dining room, the kitchen, the gardens, deck and courtyard. I walk around our marae today and think ‘wow I was part of this and I did this with my kaumatua, my whānau and my cousins’ and it gives you a buzz.– Matai Smith, Manutuke Marae
Hula Haka Productions
Made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho
Music by Mike Jonathan, Platune Productions, DJ Poroufessor and Kimo Winiata