TVNZ Highlights: 12-18 September
Celebrate Māori Language Week with TVNZ
Starts Tuesday 15 September, 8.30pm on TVNZ 1
Hosted by Scotty Morrison (Te Karere, Marae), Origins is an extraordinary new series that explores the evolution of Māori, seeking to discover where they originated from and how they reached Aotearoa.
Join Scotty in this three-part documentary series as he retraces the journey his tūpuna took across oceans and land to Aotearoa. From French Polynesia, Samoa, Vanuatu, Taiwan to Ethiopia, he digs further and further into the past as he searches for Hawaiki – his homeland, and where his ancestors set off from.
In this deeply personal and emotional journey, Scotty sifts his way through whakapapa, oral history, archaeological, and DNA evidence, unpicking fact from fiction in his search for the truth. This is not a series that pits science and traditional knowledge against each other. Rather, the two are explored both separately and together to deepen knowledge and understanding of Māori history.
Made with the support of NZ On Air.
Kids: An Instruction Manual with Nigel Latta
Starts Monday 14 September, 8pm on TVNZ 1
Nigel Latta returns in this new, heart-warming series, offering viewers a unique insight into relatable parenting issues including sleeping, differing parenting styles, solo parenting, kids on devices, anxiety and temperament.
Nigel puts six families into a hi-tech observation house custom rigged with cameras, to film and observe each family around the clock for 24 hours, capturing real moments of family life.
Armed with this uniquely personal footage, Nigel uses psychology and the latest science to take families through his ‘instruction manual’ with three simple golden rules and how to apply them for a happier, calmer family life.
Made with the support of NZ On Air.
Māori Language Week
From Monday 14 September on TVNZ OnDemand
Ahikāroa: New season of the Māori bilingual drama series, which follows the trials and tribulations of messy but fiercely loyal best friends Smooch, Hemi and Geo.
The Ring Inz: The colourful world of competitive kapa haka is the backdrop for this comedy/drama, which captures the conflict and aroha for a hapless group of competitors trying to get it together for the national champs.
Kairākau: Te Ao Māori meets 70s kung fu movies in this series, as a modern guide travels back to pre-Pākehā times to introduce "the greatest warriors of the past".
Available Monday 14 September on HEIHEI
Let the music take control!
Ten new waiata are released for Māori Language Week that will encourage and support the normalisation of te reo Māori. With a mix of energetic bop tracks to hip hop and trap beats, each waiata is accompanied by choreographed dance routines designed to get you moving! Even if you have two left feet, jump on in and give it a try!
Supported by Te Māngai Pāho.
South Seas Spearo
Starts Wednesday 16 September, 8.30pm on DUKE
Follow a group of fanatical fin-addicts on extreme expeditions in pursuit of underwater adventures. Danger goes hand-in-hand with spearfishing, with ravenous sharks seeking an easy meal and the ever-present risk of drowning through shallow water blackout.
Many have had their own brushes with death over the years, but they’ve been lucky enough to live to tell the tale, and most importantly, to learn from their mistakes. And now with South Seas Spearo, they have a chance to educate others, by delivering stunning 4K spearfishing action to viewers in its purest form – action that will simply take your breath away.
Available Friday 18 September on TVNZ OnDemand
The critically-acclaimed Australian comedy drama is coming to TVNZ OnDemand.
When family outcast Lucky Flynn (Tim Minchin) learns his mother is dying, he decides to drive to the other side of Australia to see her, packing nothing but an upright piano for the journey. But his plans are soon turned upside down when he meets the runaway teenager Meg (Milly Alcock), who’s dealing with some family demons of her own.
New season starts Tuesday 15 September, 7.30pm on TVNZ 2
Return to the frontline with Australia’s ambulance crews in a race against time to save lives. Cameras fitted to road ambulances and helicopters give unprecedented insight into the daily lives of these emergency service heroes.
From heart-stopping drama to heart-warming moments, the dedicated paramedics win the admiration of their patients through bravery, compassion and humour.
Aliens in the Attic
Saturday 12 September, 7pm on TVNZ 2
While on vacation with their families, six children discover that their holiday home is riddled with aliens who intend to conquer Earth using a mind-control weapon.
Filmed in Auckland, and starring Ashley Tisdale, Austin Butler and Robert Hoffman.
Tuesday 15 September, 8.30pm on DUKE
A fearless warrior decides to work as an assassin, but when she is tasked to kill an innocent man and his daughter, she decides to protect them.
Starring Jennifer Garner, based on the Marvel character.
Friday 18 September, 8.30pm on DUKE
In this spoof of vampire-themed movies, Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.