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Maori TV has scooped the lion’s share of NZ On Air documentary funding for 2014, with $1.7 million for two series - although most of the content hasn’t been confirmed.
NZ On Air announced $2m in new documentary and factual funding on Monday, including $1.49m for 12 hour-long episodes of Maori TV’s Pakipumeka Aotearoa series.
One episode, with $117,711 in funding, will look back at Once Were Warriors 20 years on; another, with $125,000 will look at the health of Maori children compared with Pakeha children.
The subjects of the remaining 10 episodes are yet to be confirmed but will receive a total of $1.25m.
Maori TV also gets $280,000 for a new seven-episode series titled Te Araroa: Tales from the Trails.
It will follow comedian Pio Terei as he travels Te Araroa trail, a 3000-kilometre tramping route from Cape Reinga to Bluff which opened in 2011, to discover stories of the land, culture and history from a Maori perspective.
A two-hour documentary marking Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s 70th birthday, set to screen on TV One, will get $300,000.
The show will take viewers behind the scenes with the Kiwi opera great as she discusses her career and works with young opera singers.
NZ On Air also announced $390,000 from its platinum fund will go to Beneath NZ, a three-part Prime TV series about New Zealand’s shaky tectonic and volcanic foundations.
The platinum funds supports educational or informative programmes “with something important to say about New Zealand”.[here]