Te Karere turns 35
Te Karere now has new, state of the art studios that coincide with an important milestone for the program - yesterday Te Karere marked 35 years of broadcasting to the nation.
On that day in 1983, broadcasting pioneers, Derek Fox and the late Whai Ngata, aired the very first, official edition of Te Karere - it's duration then, a mere four minutes.
By the time Te Karere marked its tenth year in 1993, the bulletin had increased to 15 minutes.
In 2009, Te Karere is 25 years old, the program is 30 minutes long, and later included new features such as live captions.
Fast forward to yesterday, and Te Karere now broadcasts from modern studio facilities which have modern innovations such as augmented reality.
But aside from all the advances, the core ethos of Te Karere has not changed in 35 years, and that is to validate Māori language and the Māori perspective.
Moari Stafford is a former reporter and producer for the show and says the show has grown over the years.
“Kua whānui te kitea o ngā kaupapa ināianei e whakapāohotia ana i runga i a Te Karere kua moohio te iwi anei anō tētahi huarahi hei tirohanga mā rātou.”
Stafford also reflected on the changes from his time to now.
“Kārekau he mea pēnei waea pūkoro heoi anō ko tāhau e haere ki ngā toa ki ngā kāinga o ētahi atu ki te whakapā mai ki te tari ki te whakamōhio mai kei whea mātou e ahu atu ana i roto i ngā rā.”
From those times, there have been many developments.
Shane Taurima was appointed as Executive Producer when the program extended to half an hour.
“He whanaketanga nui tērā nō te mea ka uru mai ko ngā pānui hokohoko, ko ngā tohu huarere, me ētahi atu momo āhuatanga hōu.”
Māori Development Minister, Nanaia Mahuta acknowledges current and previous Te Karere workers who paved the way for te reo Māori on television.
“Te aro atu ki ngā kaupapa matua kei te iwi Māori ka whakaaro ake ki ngā ripoata o mua, ā r ātou pukumahi tino mihi rawa atu.”
Te Karere – 35 years and working towards 35 more.