Series Final of The Money Man

19 06 2008

In these tough financial times, Money Man Brendon Johnson shows one family how they can save a little extra cash, and how we can, too. The final of Money Man screens on Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00pm on TV3.

“Although the Mataio family were already pretty budget conscious, there were always ways to cut back on costs around the home, and this episode is crammed with ways for all of us to save a few extra dollars – that adds up over time,” says Johnson.

“A busy mum running around after three great kids, an overworked Dad who after a week of 12 hour shifts and a game of league is too exhausted to enjoy his family – sound familiar? I show them how to not only manage their money, but how to manage their time, and ways to save a little money that involves the kids having fun.”

In these turbulent financial times, it is not surprising that the Mataio family, like so many other Kiwi families, are feeling the stress of debt due to soaring financial costs. For the last ten weeks, Johnson has been around the country helping other people, just like the Mataios, to manage their money.

“This has been a great series for me. I have met loads of interesting people from all over the country and have enjoyed working with them and guiding them towards better money management. As well as this I would like to say a big thanks to all the support I have been given by well wishers around the country; it’s great to hear so many have been inspired to take a long hard look at their finances!”

So for those of us not lucky enough to receive a personal visit from the Money Man, what does Johnson recommend we can do to help us through this economical slump?

“Remember, if you are feeling the pinch at the moment TAKE SOME ACTION. Ask for a pay rise, go check to see if you are entitled to any government help or benefits, sell stuff you don’t need and above all, learn to ‘live below your means.’ Although these are turbulent times, remember, the Chinese symbol for chaos is the same as the one for opportunity!”

Tune in for the educational final of Money Man, Tuesday, June 17th at 8:00pm on TV3.

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Maori TV’s inside look at Policing.

26 09 2007

Maori Television’s inside look at policing from a uniquely Maori perspective – KAITIAKI O TE MAUNGARONGO (GUARDIANS OF THE PEACE) – returns with fresh faces and even more refreshing attitudes on Monday October 29 at 8.00 PM.

With the focus on a group of central North Island Maori police officers, the 13-part series follows the trials and tribulations facing every serving officer as well as allowing an insight into some of the extra difficulties faced by Maori police men and women.

Maori are over-represented in crime statistics – so how do these officers try and turn those figures around, change the mindset of young criminals and work constructively with some openly mistrustful Maori communities?

Rotorua-based Maui Productions (Kai Time On The Road, TOA, Whatukura) has made this second series for Maori Television and producer Jo Santamaria says it is important to take an honest look at the community’s perceptions of the police and see how they match up with reality.

“Throughout this series, we get to know these officers, we see the huge effort they are putting in both professionally and personally and we see their human side. They truly are the guardians of the peace for their communities.”

In this second series, viewers can join Waikato officers as they try and clamp down on the boy racing culture, take a look at frontline policing of drink drivers, see how the Taupo police manage several large events, join a sole charge officer in the remote community of Ruatoki and much more.

Join Maori Television for a remarkable series featuring truly remarkable people when KAITIAKI O TE MAUNGARONGO GUARDIANS OF THE PEACE)

Premieres on Monday October 29 at 8.00 PM.





Finalists for Air NZ Screen Awards show diversity of screen industry

5 07 2007

A stellar line up of familiar names and fresh newcomers in New Zealand film and television were announced as finalists in the country’s most prestigious film and television industry awards.

The Air New Zealand Screen Awards, well supported by the industry and led by the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand (SDGNZ) is now in its third year. The standard of this years finalists further reflects the growing strength of local productions and the depth of talent in both film and television industries. The winners will be announced at the Air New Zealand Screen Awards 2007 ceremony which will take place at Auckland’s SkyCity Theatre on Wednesday August 1st 2007.

Outrageous Fortune Finalist for Best Drama
“Outrageous Fortune” – Finalist for Best Drama

AIR NEW ZEALAND SCREEN AWARDS 2007
TELEVISION CATEGORY FINALISTS

Category/ Name of Programme/ Entrant – Finalist

Sony Best Drama Programme/ Shortland Street – Episodes 3599 & 3642/ South Pacific Pictures
Sony Best Drama Programme/ Karaoke High – Episodes 1 & 9/ Debra Kelleher
Sony Best Drama Programme/ Outrageous Fortune – Episodes 7 & 16/ South Pacific Pictures

UKTV Best Comedy Programme/ Wayne Anderson – Singer of Songs – Episode 3/ Glenn Elliott, Julia Parnell, Orlando Stewart, Jason Pengelly
UKTV Best Comedy Programme/ Moon TV – Series 3, Episode 1/ Leigh Hart
UKTV Best Comedy Programme/ bro’ Town – Episode 3.2/ Elizabeth Mitchell

New Zealand On Air Best Documentary/ Touch Wood/ Production Line
New Zealand On Air Best Documentary/ Try Revolution/ Leanne Pooley
New Zealand On Air Best Documentary/ Love, Speed and Loss/ Visionary Film & TV

Best Factual Series / Emergency – Episodes 2 & 7/ Jenny Williams
Best Factual Series / Hidden In The Numbers – Episodes 1 & 3/ Mark McNeill and Dianne Lindesay
Best Factual Series / Hunger for the Wild – Episodes 2 & 3/ Peter Young and Tracy Roe

Best Maori Language Programme/ Korero Ki Nga Kararehe – Episode 5 Makimaki/ Robert Pouwhare
Best Maori Language Programme/ Korowai o Te Aroha Part 3/ Waka Huia TVNZ
Best Maori Language Programme/ Te Tau Whakamahara I a Tumatauenga/ Waka Huia TVNZ

Best Children’s Programme/ Let’s Get Inventin – Rocket Skates Episode 1/ Neil Stichbury and Luke Nola
Best Children’s Programme/ The Killian Curse Series 1/ Thomas Robins and Debra Kelleher
Best Children’s Programme/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 8/ South Pacific Pictures

Best Lifestyle/Entertainment Programme / Marae DIY/ Screentime and Hula Haka Productions
Best Lifestyle/Entertainment Programme / The Living Room – Series 3, Episode 10/ Mark Albiston – Sticky Pictures Limited
Best Lifestyle/Entertainment Programme / Dancing With The Stars – Series 2, Episode 8/ Debra Kelleher

Best Event Broadcast/ Vodafone X*Air 2006 Post Event Shows – Episode 3/ Warren Green, Jason Naran and Sticky Pictures Limited
Best Event Broadcast/ Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu – 1931-2006/ Derek Te Kotuku Wooster
Best Event Broadcast/ Nā Rātou Mō Tātou – They Did It For Us/ Screentime/Maori Television

Best Sports Programme/ IRB Sevens World Series – Wellington/ Stu Dennison – TVNZ Sport
Best Sports Programme/ The Chosen Ones – Episode 2 John Walker/ Martin Crowe and Ian John
Best Sports Programme/ Code – Episode 32/ Code – Maori Television

Best Reality Series / Piha Rescue – Series III, Episode 1/ Eric Derks
Best Reality Series / Tough Act – Episodes 1 & 5/ Gibson Group
Best Reality Series / Henderson To Hollywood – Episodes 8 & 9/ Ondrej Havas

Performance by an Actress/ Shortland Street – Episode 3642/ Amanda Billing
Performance by an Actress/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 2/ Rose McIver
Performance by an Actress/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 16/ Robyn Malcolm

Performance by a Supporting Actress/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 14/ Antonia Prebble
Performance by a Supporting Actress/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 13/ Siobhan Marshall
Performance by a Supporting Actress/ Shortland Street – Episode 3566/ Anna Julliene

Performance by an Actor/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 12/ Jordan Metcalfe
Performance by an Actor/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 7/ Grant Bowler
Performance by an Actor/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 7/ Antony Starr

Performance by a Supporting Actor/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 12/ Tammy Davis
Performance by a Supporting Actor/ Orange Roughies – Episode One/ Will Wallace
Performance by a Supporting Actor/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 13/ Frank Whitten

Presenter Entertainment/Factual/ Vodafone Select Live – Episode 122/ Joel Defries
Presenter Entertainment/Factual/ Hidden In The Numbers – Episode 1/ Te Radar
Presenter Entertainment/Factual/ Dancing With The Stars – Series 2, Episode 8/ Jason Gunn

Script, Drama/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 5/ Rachel Lang
Script, Drama/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 16/ Rachel Lang
Script, Drama/ Outrageous Fortune – Xmas Special/ James Griffin

SDGNZ Achievement in Directing, Drama/Comedy Programme/ Outrageous Fortune – Series 2, Episode 7/ Michael Bennett
SDGNZ Achievement in Directing,Drama/Comedy Programme/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 11/ Mark Beesley
SDGNZ Achievement in Directing, Drama/Comedy Programme/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 16/ Simon Bennett

Achievement in Directing, Documentary/ The Magical Word of Misery – Episode 1 Artsville/ Mark Albiston – Sticky Pictures Limited
Achievement in Directing, Documentary/ Pacific Solution/ James Frankham
Achievement in Directing, Documentary/ Love, Speed and Loss/ Justin Pemberton

Achievement in Directing, Factual Programming/Entertainment/ Hunger for the Wild/ Peter Young
Achievement in Directing, Factual Programming/Entertainment/ The Living Room – Series 3, Episode 10/ Mark Albiston
Achievement in Directing, Factual Programming/Entertainment/ Hidden In The Numbers – Episode 2/ Rupert MacKenzie

Achievement in Camerawork Documentary/ Elgar’s Enigma:Biography of a Concerto/ Simon Raby
Achievement in Camerawork Documentary/ Waka Reo Series II/ James Ellis – Ngāi Tahu Communications
Achievement in Camerawork Documentary/ Country Calendar-Episode 22 Cray Coast/ Peter Young

Images and Sound Achievement in Editing Documentary/ Hidden In The Numbers – Episode 3/ John Fraser
Images and Sound Achievement in Editing Documentary/ Try Revolution/ Tim Woodhouse
Images and Sound Achievement in Editing Documentary/ Love, Speed and Loss/ Bryan Shaw

Achievement in Original Music/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 8/ Joel Haines
Achievement in Original Music/ Hunger for the Wild/ Dianne Swann & Brett Adams – The Bads
Achievement in Original Music/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 5/ Victoria Kelly

Images and Sound Contribution to a Soundtrack/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 8/ Carl Smith and Steve Finnigan
Images and Sound Contribution to a Soundtrack/ Hunger for the Wild/ Beth Tredray
Images and Sound Contribution to a Soundtrack/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 2/ Carl Smith, Rodney Larsen and Steve Finnigan

Contribution to Design/ Outrageous Fortune – Episode 8/ Katrina Hodge
Contribution to Design/ Maddigans Quest – Episode 13/ Albedo VFX
Contribution to Design/ Maddigan’s Quest – Episode 1/ Tracey Collins

Run finalist in Short film category
“Run” – Finalist for Best Short Film

AIR NEW ZEALAND SCREEN AWARDS 2007
FILM CATEGORY FINALISTS

Category/ Name of Programme/ Entrant – Finalist

Images and Sound Best Digital Feature/ You Move You Die/ Ketzal Sterling
Images and Sound Best Digital Feature/ The Devil Dared Me To/ Chris Stapp, Matt Heath and Karl Zohrab
Images and Sound Best Digital Feature/ The Waimate Conspiracy/ Stefen Lewis

Images and Sound Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature/ You Move You Die/ Rhys Duncan
Images and Sound Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature/ The Last Magic Show/ Georgie Hill
Images and Sound Technical Contribution to a Digital Feature/ The Last Magic Show/ Duncan Cole

Rialto Channel Best Short Film/ Fog/ Rachel Gardner and Peter Salmon
Rialto Channel Best Short Film/ Hawaikii/ Michael Jonathan
Rialto Channel Best Short Film/ Run/ Mark Albiston

Rialto Channel Performance in a Short Film/ Run/ Tyrrell Samia
Rialto Channel Performance in a Short Film/ Run/ Helayna Seiuli
Rialto Channel Performance in a Short Film/ Fog/ Chelsie Preston Crayford

Rialto Channel Script for a Short Film/ Uso Brother/ Miki Magasiva
Rialto Channel Script for a Short Film/ The Garden of Love/ Fiona Samuel
Rialto Channel Script for a Short Film/ Run/ Louis Sutherland

Rialto Channel Technical Contribution to a Short Film/ Run/ Simon Baumfield
Rialto Channel Technical Contribution to a Short Film/ Fog/ Ginny Ioane
Rialto Channel Technical Contribution to a Short Film/ The King Boys/ John Harding





Mr T from the A Team is back again in new TV show

11 04 2007

MR T

Everyone’s favourite Mohawk-sporting bodyguard, MR T, is coming to PRIME to share his wisdom in a new reality series – I PITY THE FOOL.

I PITY THE FOOL exposes the former ‘A-TEAM’ star’s sensitive side as he offers to help fans in need of a little personal coaching.

The muscle-bound actor lets his trademark personality shine as he takes on the role of a “motivational guru” who helps people improve their personal or professional lives.

Blending snippets of his own life, including his impoverished childhood and his battle with T-Cell lymphoma, MR T motivates his charges by teaching them self improvement concepts such as teamwork and determination.

When: Saturday 28 April at 7.00pm
Prime TV





Castaway dumped by BBC, but TVNZ stays with it.

29 03 2007

The reality series Castaway that is being filmed on Great Barrier Island and includes a good number of New Zealand production crew has been dumped by the BBC after only a few weeks.

Castaway’s audience has slumped from 4.1 million at its launch a fortnight ago. It delivered the lowest-ever recorded ratings for BBC One in the prime-time 9pm Sunday slot when it sunk to a new low of new low of 2.1 million viewers.

From April 15, it will be moved to three half-hour episodes at 7pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – against ITV1’s Emmerdale.

TVNZ brought the rights to the series before the first episode was filmed and intend to continue with broadcasting it in New Zealand despite the poor ratings in the UK. TVNZ have not yet decided when the series will be broadcast here.





TOA – New Reality TV Show for Maori TV to launch

19 03 2007

Maori TV have a new Reality TV show to be launched tonight called TOA.

Toa O Aotearoa invites 10 exponents of Maori traditional weaponry, hailing from the “four winds” of Aotearoa, to come together to be pushed to the limit, physically and mentally over a two week period.

The warriors will live together, eat together, train together and fight together in an isolated area near lake Rotoiti to see who has got what it takes to claim the glory of “TOA – Toa O Aotearoa”.

Weaponry master, Wetini Mitai-Ngatai will continually challenge our TOA in an effort to expose any deficiencies or weaknesses.

Episode challenges will determine the two warriors who must then fight each other in a full contact duel, to claim the title of TOA – Toa O Aotearoa.

So join “TOA – Toa O Aotearoa” Maori television’s newest and most intense reality TV programme as you are taken into the inner sanctum of Maori traditional weaponary with a 1st prize win of $10,000.

The first series contestents are
Terry Watts
Tipene Rangihuna
Jeremy Murray
Owena Wells
Richard Wharerahi
Calib Pomana-Wesley
Te Rangiparutini Haddon
Hone Stevens
Josh Smith
Logan Pokai

Maui Productions are the production company behind the series and they have a website for the production at www.nztoa.co.nz.

It starts 19th March Monday nights at 9:30PM, on Maori Television, Channel 19





Cheerleaders Reality TV Show to launch on Sky 1

13 03 2007

Cheerleaders
A brand new series launching on SKY 1 this month is THE CHEERLEADERS.

The six part reality series THE CHEERLEADERS lifts the lid on the intriguing world of professional cheerleading in New Zealand. It is filled with both on-field and behind-the-scenes action, drama and emotion.

Auckland-based production company Two Heads are the producers of the show. It follows the creation of the Vodafone sponsored Cheerleaders from cutthroat auditions and grueling training sessions, to the teams first ever match day performance at Mt Smart Stadium.

In the opening episode the tough auditions are overseen by celebrity judges, TV personality and Flava DJ Stacey Morrison (nee Daniels) and Sky TV’s Stephen McIvor. The pair helps team manager Rachel Holley and choreographer Nicola Rodokal identify girls with the dance skills and “X-factor” necessary to make the final squad. But they find it’s not an easy task!

“I have always wanted to pick my own Cheerleading team,” says Stephen McIvor. “But it’s not all fun and games. It’s a competitive business and just being pretty doesn’t cut it. The girls have to know how to shake their bonbons with conviction and those who make the team certainly do.”

“The best thing about this show is the process is genuine,” says Stacey Morrison. “Everyone wants to make the team. The competition is real and the performances are real. So the show is not without trauma. You see how much people want it and some obvious disappointment is hard to avoid.”

The audition is a full-on two day experience in which scores of talented girls are whittled down to just 17. The would-be cheerleaders include models, dancers, performing arts students, teachers and one overseas visitor.

Scottish hopeful Joanna Work who missed her flight home two weeks prior wants to stay in New Zealand and become a professional cheerleader. But first she’ll have to put up with the judges. “I can’t believe it,” she says after her final audition interview. “They made fun of (my accent) the whole time!”

With the auditions over, the work is just beginning. THE CHEERLEADERS camera crew get up close and personal as the girls undergo a rigorous 8-hour-a-week training regime. “We’ve definitely got a great team together,” says choreographer Nicola Rodokal. “But they have a long way to go before their first public performance.”

Later in the series the girls are bombarded with unexpected challenges. In one episode they find themselves on the remote Motutapu Island, in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf, for a grueling three day boot camp. This includes early morning runs, group competitions and daily dance practices. Team building is pushed to the limit as the girls have to share a giant dorm and cook and clean together.

The experience, which pushed them physically and mentally, did wonders for team moral. “The boot camp was a really good opportunity to get to know each other away from practice (sessions) which are normally quite strict,” says team member Tracey Muir. “We got to eat and drink together and the challenges were great for team bonding. It sounds cheesy but we’re no longer made up of little groups, we’re one big team.”

Other series highlights include a special calendar photo shoot. “We got to star in the Vodafone Cheerleaders calendar,” says team member Ryley McGougan. “We got to use props like Puma gear, Vodafone umbrellas and Warriors flags and we came up with our own poses. We had our hair and makeup done. Everyone looked so good!”

Speaking about the final cheerleading squad Stacey Morrison is full of praise. “We ended up with a potpourri of New Zealand women who represent the energy you feel when you’re at a Warriors game,” she says. “They are full of charisma and personality. They’re the kind of people you see performing on the field and you want to get to know them better. Well, now you can, by watching them on THE CHEERLEADERS…”

From the thrills and spills of auditions, until the girls’ opening performance at the Vodafone Warriors v Eels game on 17 March (7.30pm, Live on SKY 1), THE CHEERLEADERS promises to be six weeks of addictive viewing.

THE CHEERLEADERS premieres Thursday 22 March at 7.30pm on SKY 1, and each episode re-airs following the Live Vodafone Warriors broadcast the same week.

The Cheerleaders
Sky 1
Thursdays 7.30pm from 22nd March 2007