Apr 15, 2021

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It’s in the Bag returns to Maori Television with more comedy than ever

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ITS IN THE BAGkicks off its best series yet on Sunday, April 14 at 7.30pm on Maori Television.

ItsinthebagNow in its fifth season, the iconic kiwi show hosted by Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison hit the road earlier this year to visit small towns across the North Island. They started in Pukekohe before heading to Paeroa and Waihi, and then down the line to Putaruru, Mangakino, Taupo and Turangi. Ohakune, Whanganui, Feilding came next, followed by Pahiatua and Masterton.

Its our best series yet, says producer Libby Hakaraia of Blue Bach Productions. We had packed halls of locals keen to show us why their towns are unique and special. Those who made it onto the stage shared their knowledge of their town as well as trading jokes with our hosts Pio and Stacey.

With more than $55,000 worth of prizes to give away from primary sponsor UBUY, contestants were keen to go for the bag to win prizes ranging from televisions and electrical goods to sporting goods.

Director Tainui Stephens says more than $20,000 was also given away throughout the series. Its about giving our small towns a reason to come together. These towns have real characters, quintessential Kiwis, both Maori and Pakeha. Funny, sweet, old, young, bright weve had them all on our stage, he says. The lovely thing is that everyone supports those on stage its like the whole town is going for a prize and delights in the fortunes of our winners

The 33-strong crew ofITS IN THE BAGis making television history as the biggest production crew on the road. Libby Hakaraia says it is an honour for the team to continue to create a well-loved television entertainment programme.

The Grand Final ofITS IN THE BAGwill be recorded in Auckland at the end of May and involves all 12 winners of the town shows competing for the grand prize worth $15,000. Tune in to the new series ofITS IN THE BAGon Sunday, April 14 at 7.30pm. Last season is available on demand on Maori Televisions website:www.maoritelevision.com.

Its in the Bag series 5

Ep 1. Mangakino 14thApril

Ep 2. Putaruru 21stApril

Ep 3. Ohakune 28thApril

Ep 4. Turangi5thMay

Ep 5 Taupo 12thMay

Ep 6. Pukekohe 19thMay

Ep 7. Waihi 26thMay

Ep 8. Paeroa 2ndJune

Ep 9. Whanganui9thJune

Ep10. Feilding 16thJune

Ep11. Pahiatua 23rdJune

Ep 12. Masterton 30thJune

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