“A window to the world, through the eyes and lives of the Indigenous people.”
By MĀORI TELEVISION / SECRETARIAT OFFICE
The production for the third series of WITBN’s pilot news and current affairs show, Indigenous Insight 2011, has started and was aired July 5 on New Zealand’s Māori Television and will soon be launched on WITBN’s website.
Once again, Indigenous Insight will be a celebration of Indigenous stories from around the world. The show looks at widely debated issues such as conservation and religion, but also is a celebration of our artists, musicians, and our future generations.
The first episode looks at disasters and the effect they have on Indigenous cultures. In February, Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by a massive earthquake, leaving 182 people dead and thousands injured and homeless. As Christchurch tries to rebuild, there has been much discussion on how to save many of the heritage buildings that Christchurch is well known for. Local Māori, on the other hand, also hope that the same attention is paid to their sacred sites, which have also been extensively damaged, but have not received as much attention because not much is known about their significance.
We can also look forward to some beautiful Hawaiian hula, for the first time at the recent Merrie Monarch Festival a hālau performed in traditionally made kapa, definitely one to watch out for.
This series of Indigenous Insight will be produced by Shannon Haunui-Thompson, who brings more than 15 years of experience working in mainstream television producing news and current affairs.
Haunui-Thompson says she is enjoying the challenge of applying her mainstream experience into weaving a diverse Indigenous current affairs program for the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network.
“I’m looking forward to producing the program and working with the Indigenous producers around the globe and to provide some insight into the key issues impacting on our Indigenous people and cultures.”
For more information about Indigenous Insight, visit the Project page on www.WITBN.org; look out for new series of Indigenous Insight every week on our website.