Matangireia: Māori Political Legacies is coming to RNZ on 8 June
The second season of Matangireia – Māori Political Legacies, explores the careers of former Māori Members of Parliament.
Eight former Māori MPs from across the political divide discuss the highs and lows of their time in Parliament in a series of revealing conversations.
Filmed in Parliament's historic Māori Affairs room from which the series takes its name, Matangireia is presented by three acclaimed Māori journalists; Mihingarangi Forbes, winner of the NZ TV Awards’ Best Presenter News and Current Affairs 2020, Maiki Sherman, award-winning TVNZ political reporter, and former press gallery reporter for Three Scott Campbell, founder of Campbell Squared Communications.
Series two of Matangireia features a diverse range of politicians including National MP, Paula Bennett, Labour MP, Georgina Beyer, Mana MP, Hone Harawira, NZ First MP, Ron Mark, Māori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, Green MP, Denise Roche, Labour MP, Dover Samuels and National MP, Harete Hipango. Matangireia is unique insight into the power, passion and price of Māori politics.
Made with the support of NZ On Air.
About the Presenters
Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Maniapoto
Mihingarangi Forbes is an award-winning broadcaster who is known for her fearless brand of journalism, never shying away from asking the tough questions and tackling the big issues.
As the Māori Affairs reporter for One News in the late 90s Forbes spent much of her time at Parliament reporting on Māori politics. During that time she reported extensively on the fortunes of NZ First and their clean sweep of the māori electorates in 1996.
Today Forbes hosts three’s current affairs programme The Hui where she regularly interviews politicians from various parties. In 2020 Forbes won Best Presenter News and Current Affairs at the NZTV Awards.
Ngāpuhi, Te Whakatōhea
Maiki Sherman is an award-winning senior political reporter for TVNZ’s 1news. She’s also the deputy chairperson of Parliament’s press gallery. Having worked across three television networks including Māori Television, Three, and TVNZ, Sherman has developed a reputation for breaking stories and courageous reporting.
During her career Sherman has covered several general elections, the rise and fall of the Māori Party, Sir John Key’s National government, Hone Harawira’s failed merger with the Internet Party and the ascension of Jacinda Ardern.
In 2014 she showcased her presenting skills when she shared co-hosting duties with Mihingarangi Forbes for Māori Television’s election night coverage.Sherman is a kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa alumni and a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, the invitation only academy for excellence in te reo Māori.
Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Arawa
Scott Campbell is a former press gallery reporter, communications specialist and political commentator. During his time in the gallery Campbell was known for his fair but firm style of journalism.
He began his television career in 2004 under Three’s editor Stephen Parker before being appointed deputy editor in 2010. Campbell was based in the press gallery during the controversial seabed and foreshore legislation which saw 20,000 Māori march on Parliament. He reported on the rise of the Māori Party under the co-leadership of Dame Tariana Turia and Sir Pita Sharples. He also covered Don Brash’s tenure as leader of the National Party.
Campbell left the press gallery in 2010 and is now the chief executive of Campbell Squared, a communications company based in Tauranga. He is a regular commentator for RNZ, The Hui, Newshub Nation and other media outlets.
About the production team
Annabelle Lee-Mather, Producer/Director
Annabelle Lee-Mather (Ngaai Tahu/Ngaati Kahungunu) is an award-winning journalist with 18-years experience in broadcasting. She served as an EP on RNZ’s NZ Wars series. As well as producing The Hui for Three, Annabelle is the series creator and co-producer of The Casketeers.
In 2020 Annabelle was named Editorial Executive of the year at the Voyager Media Awards.
Mihingaarangi Forbes, Producer/Director
Mihingaarangi Forbes (Ngaati Paoa /Ngaati Maniapoto) Mihingaarangi is an award-winning investigative journalist and the presenter of weekly current affairs series The Hui on Three. She began her career in the 90s as a rookie reporter at Te Karere. Since then she’s worked across a range of channels and mediums, with roles on Campbell Live, 20/20, Native Affairs, and as Maaori correspondent for RNZ. In 2020 Mihingaarangi was named Best Presenter News and Current Affairs at the NZTV Awards.
Wena Harawira, Executive Producer
Journalist Wena Harawira has a career that spans 4 decades. Harawira was just 19 years old when she became the first wahine to work on TVNZ’s fledgling Māori news service Te Karere alongside the legendary Whai Ngata.
She went on to become the Executive Producer of news and current affairs at Māori Television where she now leads the newsroom.
Having worked in nearly every aspect of the Māori media industry, Harawira is much admired not only for her leadership and journalism but also for the many reporters she has mentored and inspired.
in 2017 Harawira was honoured with Te Tohu a Tanara Whairiri Kitawhiti Ngata for lifetime achievement at Ngā Kupu Ora awards.
About Aotearoa Media Collective
AMC is a boutique Maaori production house that specialises in indigenous storytelling and content. Founded in 2019, by journalists Mihingaarangi Forbes and Annabelle Lee-Mather AMC has created NZ Wars: Stories of Waitara (RNZ) and The Hui (Three) with Great Southern Television as well as independently producing Matangireia (RNZ) and Coastwatchers: Operation Pacific (TVNZ).