54th Reunion, Napier RSA
Maori Television Anzac programming
Maori Television Press Release
SEVEN YEARS OF DEDICATED ANZAC DAY PROGRAMMING
For the seventh year running, Māori Television will devote its entire 25 April broadcast schedule to commemorating Anzac Day.
ANZAC DAY 2012 focuses on D Company in the 28th Māori Battalion, which covers Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Wairarapa, Taranaki and the South Island.
Starting at 5.45am on Wednesday 25 April at the Auckland War Memorial Dawn Service, coverage runs through until 12.30am the next morning with a range of live interviews, documentaries, movies and archival footage to screen throughout the day.
The channel will provide comprehensive live coverage from three locations, including two in the D Company region and the following live web streams at 5.45am - Dawn Service, Auckland War Memorial Museum and at 2.30pm - LIve ANZAC Cove Commerations.
Māori Television’s Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox co-host from Auckland, Annabelle Lee-Harris and TV personality Sarah Bradley will report from Christchurch while Māori Television’s Mātai Smith will present from Te Aute College in the Hawke’s Bay.
The legacy of Te Aute College, which was central in Māori war efforts, forms a significant part of the ANZAC DAY 2012 coverage.
About 250 former pupils served in the 28th Māori battalion during WWII, including Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery and gallantry.
ANZAC DAY 2012 features live coverage of the Gallipoli ceremony as well as a look at commemorations around the country and across the Tasman. New this year is an exclusive glimpse into the Special Air Service (NZSAS) ANZAC Day Service in Auckland.
Other special segments include appearances with military historian Dr Monty Soutar; Chef Pete Peeti cooking up a storm at the RSA’s Great Anzac Day Brunch; local drama “Strange Resting Places” and the documentary “Charlie Shelford: Rebel Hero”.
And as in previous years, Māori Television will bring the 2012 ANZAC Address to the nation, to be delivered by Māori academic and playwright John Broughton.
Schedule – Wednesday 25 April 2012
5.45 am Dawn Service 2012: In Remembrance Carol Hirschfeld, Julian Wilcox and Maori military historian Dr Monty Soutar host live coverage of the Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. (LIVE broadcast and web stream).
6.30 am Dawn Service 2012: In Remembrance Annabelle Lee-Harris, television personality Sarah Bradley and RSA chief executive Dr Stephen Clarke host live coverage of the Christchurch Dawn Parade at Cranmer Square. (LIVE)
7.00 am Auckland War Memorial Museum Carol Hirschfeld chats to Dr Monty Soutar about the history of d Company and its role within the 28th Māori Battalion (LIVE).
7.30 am Te Aute College – An Educational Legacy Mātai Smith joins us live from the Hawke’s Bay at Te Aute College, which was central in the history of Māori war efforts. (LIVE)
8.00 am Auckland War Memorial Museum Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox talk to key people including Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. (LIVE)
8.40 am Te Aute College and Christchurch Descendants of war veterans share their stories with Mātai Smith at Te Aute and Annabelle Lee-Harris in Christchurch. (LIVE)
9.00 am The Great ANZAC Day Brunch – Christchurch The RSA’s Great ANZAC Day Brunch kicks off in Cranmer Square with specials guests, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Kai Time on The Road chef Peter Peeti. (LIVE)
10.00 am Te Aute College – An Educational Legacy Mātai Smith talks to students who remember their fallen old boys and we honour Te Aute alumni including Victoria Cross winner Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu and Sir Apirana Ngata. (LIVE)
11.00 am The New Zealand Army Band New Zealand’s favourite military band entertains with a performance at Cranmer Square in Christchurch. (LIVE)
11.30 am Auckland War Memorial Museum Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox talk to Dr Monty Soutar and James Brown at the Auckland War Memorial Museum about the role of the D Company in the 28th Māori Battalion. (LIVE)
12.10 pm ATAMIRA: Strange Resting Places A made-for-television play starring Paolo Rotondo and Rob Mokaraka that shines a light on the emotional bonds of New Zealand’s wartime history in a story about a young Maori soldier and an Italian deserter. (PREMIERE)
1.25 pm Special Air Service (NZSAS) Commemorations For the first time in history, the New Zealand Defence Force SAS unit allows access to its ANZAC Day service in Auckland.
1.50 pm Te Aute College – An Educational Legacy New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup hero Piri Weepu shares experiences and memories of his time at Te Aute College.(LIVE)
2.30 pm Live ANZAC Cove Commemorations We bring you live coverage of the 2012 Gallipoli Memorial Service held by the Turks, Australians and New Zealanders at ANZAC Cove. (LIVE Broadcast and web stream).
3.30 pm Australia & New Zealand Highlights Highlights from ANZAC Day commemorations around New Zealand and across the Tasman.
4.00 pm Te Aute College – An Educational Legacy Current Te Aute students perform a special ANZAC Day recital. (LIVE)
4.15 pm Auckland War Memorial Museum Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox talk to key people at the Auckland War Memorial Museum about the challenges and sacrifices of the D Company in the 28th Māori Battalion
4.30 pm RSA Secondary Schools Speech Competition We hear from some of New Zealand’s best young orators from the National Bank RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition 2012.
5.00 pm ANZAC Day 2012 Highlights Revisit ANZAC Day 2012 with highlights of the day’s happenings from Auckland, Christchurch and Te Aute.
5.30 pm News: Te Kāea Local, regional and national Māori news and international news from the Māori Television reporting team. (Māori language). (LIVE)
6.00 pm Auckland War Memorial Museum Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox host coverage, including a look at New Zealand’s classic wartime song ‘Blue Smoke’ by Ruru Karaitiana, which went on to become an international hit with a cover version by Dean Martin.
7.30 pm News: Te Kāea Local, regional and national Māori news and international news from the Māori Television reporting team. (Māori language with English language subtitles) (REPEAT OF 5.30 PM BULLETIN).
8.00 pm ANZAC Day 2012: ANZAC Address Māori Television and the RSA are proud to bring you this year’s ANZAC address to the nation by New Zealand playwright and academic John Broughton.
8.30 pm DOCUMENTARY: Charlie Shelford – Rebel Hero The story of a ‘rebel hero’, Charlie Shelford was dubbed one of the bravest soldiers in the 28th Māori Battalion and went on to be awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).
9.30 pm FILM: Beneath Hill 60 Based on the true story of Australian Oliver Woodward. Beneath Hill 60 follows him into WW1, where he must leave his lover for his secret platoon of tunneller fighters.
11.30 pm ANZAC Day 2012 Highlights Revisit ANZAC Day 2012 with highlights of the day’s happenings from Auckland, Christchurch and Te Aute.
12.00 am News: Te Kāea Local, regional and national Māori news and international news from the Māori Television team of reporters. (Māori language with English language subtitles) (REPEAT OF 7.30 PM BULLETIN).
12.30 am Closedown