Join us on Christmas Day for shows in te reo Māori and much more! Mātakitaki mai!
Both Disney Pixar’s COCO REO MĀORI and Disney’s FROZEN REO MĀORI will screen on Whakaata Māori and MĀORI +.
Other Christmas Day programming includes music, drama, humour and more te reo Māori – from learners to the fluent, there’s something for the whole whānau.
Binge-worthy tamariki shows, a special Pūkana show, plucky reindeer adventures, talking horses and Pere Wihongi and friends all make an appearance.
So, kick back, relax and let us entertain you, this Kirihimete!
MONDAY 25 DECEMBER:
06.10 AM: MY MAGIC PET MORPHLE – children’s animated programme, reversioned in te reo Māori.
7.25 AM: COCOMELON – The adventures of JJ and his friends, reversioned in te reo Māori.
08.00 AM: PŪKANA IN THE PARK – Presenters Manihera Waru and Hinewai Netana – Williams front our special Christmas concert where we give back to our community. Tune in to watch our tamariki at Rainbow’s End theme park which includes a concert with amazing Māori artists.
8.30 AM: DISNEY & PIXAR’S ‘COCO REO MĀORI’ – Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
10.30 AM: DISNEY’S ‘FROZEN REO MĀORI’ – When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home to infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather.
12.30 PM: SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE – The legend of Santa Claus is put in jeopardy when an unscrupulous toy manufacturer attempts to take over Christmas.
14.00 PM: AILOS JOURNEY – Vulnerable newborn reindeer Ailo must overcome the challenges that stand in the way of his first year of life in the stunning landscapes of Lapland.
15.30 PM: PONIPONI – A story about the bond between mokopuna and their mōkai, builds on the innate love we have for our animals.
05.00 PM: PŪKANA IN THE PARK – Presenters Manihera Waru and Hinewai Netana – Williams front our special Christmas concert where we give back to our community. Tune in to watch our tamariki at Rainbow’s End theme park which includes a concert with amazing Māori artists.
05.30 PM SOUL SESSIONS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – New Zealand's Gospel showcase with a Pasifika flavour, will be celebrating this festive season with a special edition Christmas episode.
06.30 PM: PERE KIRIHIMETE CHRISTMAS IN TE REO – A festive Christmas show full of music, joy and plenty of katakata hosted by Pere Wihongi.
07.30 PM – MAMA’S MUSIC BOX – Written, produced and directed by members of the Vaiaoga-Ioasa family, a quirky Christmas comedy filmed around Māngere Town Centre, South Auckland.
09.00 PM: VAI – A feature film by nine female directors from eight Pacific countries about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman.