More Maori culture on The GC tonight?

More Maori culture on The GC tonight?

(By John Drinnan, NZ Herald) New Zealand On Air bosses will be watching tonight to see if the second episode of The GC has more Maori culture than the first.

The first episode of the series screened last Wednesday with very strong ratings – especially for Maori viewers.

But with its inane storyline and sleazy boozy culture, questions have been raised over whether funding another highly commercial show is a good use of public cash.

The GC is focused on young aspirational Maori on the Gold Coast.

The fact it is set across the Tasman, with heavy involvement of Belgian-based TV formats company Eyeworks, has also raised eyebrows.

Excellent ratings have been great news for TV3, but raised more questions about why TV3 doesn’t pay for the show itself.

Taxpayers are supporting a commercial show while public channel TVNZ7 is being abandoned and scrapped.

Then there is the “genre bending” at NZ On Air, which described the reality show – officially outside funding rules – to be termed a documentary series to meet funding criteria.

TV3 acknowledges it is mostly about entertainment.

After the first episode screened last Wednesday with little sign of cultural content, TV3 promised NZ On Air future episodes would have more cultural content – not just boozing and partying.

Despite controversy over The GC, New Zealand On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson says she has not seen upcoming episodes – including tonight’s show.

This was normal. The funding agency was not allowed in editorial issues, so nothing was to be gained from a pre-screening.

The first episode was summed up in a review on the 3news website which said the theme seemed to be “let’s get everyone drunk and see who they try to hook up with”.

Reviewer Ally Mullord noted it featured people “hair straightening, leg shaving, and moisturising, and oiling themselves so they look shiny and fresh”.

“It is unsure if this is supposed to be comedy, reality show, or wildlife documentary,” the reviewer said.

Latest Tweets

  • DigitalMaoriRT @patsalwhk: @DigitalMaori you rock @InternetPartyNZ feeling star struck x about an hour ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: The M?ori Party dismisses Act Party claims of race-based privilege #maori #indigenous about 3 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @TovaOBrien: This woman is a woman I've admired from a distance for most of my adult life - Laila Harre on Annette Sykes… about 12 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @Sub_Strata: @DigitalMaori looks like @InternetMana landslide victory in the Most Fun Campaign category about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriQ&A How do you tax the rich? @KimDotcom Build knowledge here, value youth, increase jobs. Transactional tax. Inheritance tax #ManaInternet about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriQ&A. Status of te reo? #AnnetteSykes love respect promote but not support Mataawai. Not involving Govt absolves them their right to protect about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaori@redheaded2 ahh thats right. I almost forgot you mahi for the Maori Party. Aroha mai. We busy making change, not protecting crumbs. about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHaka tautoko for Annette Sykes #Ngati Pikiao #ManaInternet about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriAunty Bea bringing everyone to their feet with 'Simply the Best'. Then sits on @KimDotcoms knee! #ManaInternet about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriFree Palestine! #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHaha 60 day 1 night stand. Krakup #ManaInternet about 14 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriTake the RENA off the reef. Repeal the Seabed & Foreshore Act. Give jobs for all. No more lies,secrets John Key #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriWe need to examine these treaty settlements. There is no trickle down to the hapu #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriWe have young men leaving home at 4am work all day home at 8pm. No wonder we have many deaths in the forest #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHomes in Rotorua. Tachikawa. Fordblock. Solidarity. Bringing our home issues to many ears minds & hearts #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriHow many shops are closed in Rotorua? Over a hundred - this is not a rockstar economy #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriPower isn't with the dynamism of us on stage. It is with you and your whanau, so talk, register, vote! #AnnetteSykes #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriAnnette Sykes, #ManaInternet candidate for Waiariki. Leader, lawyer, mother, revolutionary, friend #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriSedition? Hater? Wrecker? I wonder who that might be... #ManaInternet about 15 hours ago
  • DigitalMaori@Regan_Gibbons I bet he's not just sipping on Moët right now tho about 15 hours ago