I watched Maori TV’s Native Affairs again last night: their first live debate for 2013 with politicians from all parties (except Peter Dunne) discussing a wide range of issues. I really enjoyed it. (You can see it here at the Maori TV website. I recommend you do.)
I described Maori TV as “this country’s last best hope for public (television) broadcasting” in my brief encomium to Native Affairs‘ new host Mihingarangi Forbes.
Last night’s debate was a good thing. It was valuable programming, taken at the pace of current affairs shows of old. These days it seems a lot of NZ commercial television (with exceptions) is too focussed on short attention span wham-bam-whizzo to devote an hour of prime time programming (outside an election year) to illuminating political discussion of important issues.
Hats off to Maori TV. Really good broadcasting.
I saw a comment from the NZ Herald‘s TV reviewer John Drinnan to the effect that many in the media seem ‘smitten’ with Native Affairs. Yeah, I think he’s right. And justifiably so.
UPDATE: Here’s John’s comment:
— John Drinnan (@Zagzigger) March 12, 2013
At the end of the debate (go and watch it) Maori TV promoted a documentary this coming Wednesday featuring veteran journalist/foreign correspondent Jon Stephenson reporting on NZ’s military involvement in Afghanistan. It looks unmissable … so I told my iPhone to remind me to watch Maori TV … the response shows my Australian-accent-based Siri doesn’t quite understand Te Reo, huh? 🙂