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Maori TV to dedicate April 25 programming to Anzac Day

A century after the Gallipoli landings, host broadcaster Māori Television is dedicating its entire April 25 programming schedule to Anzac Day.

Māori Television’s Anzac Day programming will start with live coverage of the Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and will conclude with the Commemorative Service at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Broadcasters Tainui Stephens and Wena Harawira will front the day’s coverage from Auckland and Judy Bailey will provide live updates from Gallipoli.

In addition to live crosses and interviews with studio guests including military historians Dr Monty Soutar and Dr Damien Fenton, the channel has compiled a captivating line-up of programmes, including two special documentaries, both partly funded by NZ On Air.

In Anzac: Tides of Blood, actor Sam Neill looks at his family’s involvement in war and the legacy of Anzac on both sides of the Tasman. Brendon Butt’s Shovels and Guns explores controversial accusations of cowardice levelled at his great uncle, an officer in the Māori contingent during WWI.

Broadcaster Cameron Bennett is an integral component of Māori Television’s Anzac Day coverage, putting the Gallipoli campaign into a modern perspective in Echoes of Gallipoli, while Wena Harawira looks into the personal stories behind C Company, the Cowboys of the 28th Māori Battalion.

Performer Tama Waipara is musical director for the Anzac Concert in which top New Zealand musicians, including Annie Crummer, Julia Deans, Maisey Rika and Moana Maniapoto, acknowledge the effects of war through song.

Māori Television head of content Mike Rehu says the channel is privileged and honoured to broadcast special Anzac Day programmes that provide genuine insight into the sacrifices of previous generations.

"It’s a meaningful day that reflects Aotearoa’s brave and valiant history and a great opportunity to connect stories of service and courage with a contemporary audience."

Māori Television’s Anzac Day coverage begins at 5.50am on April 25 and runs until midnight. All content is in English or with English sub-titles.

Some content will also be available via live stream on www.maoritelevision.com, where viewers can also find additional information and imagery.

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