TV series seeks Maori to take on quest of discovery


Bravestar Media are looking for Maori of all ages in your community to be part of an exciting television event.

If youre Maori and youve lost touch with your heritage then we want to talk to you about helping you rediscover your history. Then wed join you on a mission of discovery to uncover your past.

The television series is called Tatai Hono. It is focused on the journey to find our turangawaewae, to understand where we came from, who we are, and where we belong.

For each of us, knowing our heritage is central to identity. For those that have lost that connection – discovering or rediscovering can provide a pathway to the restoration of dignity, security and humanity.

The key element of this series is Maori rediscovering their Whakapapa and their marae.

Toitu te whenua ngaro ai te tangata.

This series will follow your journey as you rediscover your Maori heritage. With the help and support of a kaumatua led research team, we will share the journey back to your marae and your iwi, hapu and whanau.

You will share your stories of how you have longed to find the “missing parts” of your life and inspire other Maori.

Those chosen to be part of the programme should be strongly motivated in their quest for their whakapapa. Our team of researchers will work with you to initiate the research, and throughout the journey you will be guided by our production team with care and respect.

For more information and an application form please email:

Or phone the office:

Bravestar Media Ltd

  • (09) 360 0766

Or Nicola Smith:

  • (021) 726 932


  1. Kia Ora
    My name is Steve Apirana. I left Aotearoa when I was 9 and moved to Australia with my family.
    I know very little about myself and my people and would really love to be a part of your program
    (If that is possible from across the Tasman). My Maori language skills are almost non-existant,
    I am however trying to learn a traditional greeting to give at my fathers 60th birthday (fingers crossed).
    I am hoping to include a greeting to the traditional Aboriginal people but can’t find the correct words.
    If you could help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.


    Steve Apirana Jr

  2. Kia Ora,

    My name is Judy Ruaputahanga Semenoff (nee Elliott)I have been trying for a few years too do my whakapapa on my dads side and have found it very difficult.And most of our kaumatua and kuia have passed on and not many are left. I have just recently registered 400 names of just my whaanau from my dads children side with Tainui on the beneficiary Roll. But cannot go back from his dad it so difficult.

    Please help me Jude


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