May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Poutama Careers Ahead – on MTS

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A new careers series is set to inspire Maori-speaking youth when it premieres on Maori Television tomorrow Thursday May 6 at 6.00 PM. AUTAIA which means extraordinary focuses on creating pathways to the future for young Maori while providing mentoring for youth aged between 13 and 16 years.

According to the shows producer, Mechele Harron (Tainui, Ngati Mahuta): Its about Maori communicating with Maori in their own language, which provides a different dynamic. Ultimately we want to let our Maori youth know that you can always move forward. You dont have to stay where you are.

AUTAIA comprises 30 half-hour episodes, highlighting a specific career each week. It also includes an informative slot called Did You Know? that delves further into the featured career and its prospects. The show ends with a Guide providing websites and contact details for further information.Mechele says she knew immediately that Tupoutama Paki aka Poutama would be the ideal presenter for AUTAIA.

I looked at him on camera when he auditioned and basically went yup. He had natural talent. And because he had previously worked as a tour guide, he was able to control the interview while engaging the viewer. Poutama (Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Tainui) admits he was a little apprehensive about re-entering the realm of television.

Having presented for TV One as a child for Tikitiki, I was reluctant to get in front of the camera again, which I had found very scary. But when I heard the concept of AUTAIA I was sold. I also like the fact that AUTAIA takes me out of the studio. Its a fresh location every day, which keeps it interesting. Poutama enjoys the buzz of being thrown in the deep end.

The most memorable challenge was when I interviewed a pilot at Ardmore and had to fly a plane. It was the biggest thrill of my life. I remained calm throughout until pilot Wiremu (Fautret) told me I had to single-handedly land the plane. Little did I know that he was pulling my leg and that he had always intended to takeover. Although that freaked me out a little bit, Id definitely love to do it again if I had the opportunity.

The 19-year-old wishes he had known about piloting as a career option when he was growing up. Who knows, I might have considered it. Thats why I think a programme like AUTAIA is exactly what our youth need to make informed decisions. Coming up on AUTAIA: Tupoutama talks to ta moko artist Richard Francis about how he went from being on the dole to owning his own business this Thursday May 6 at 6.00 PM. On Thursday May 13 at 6.00 PM, Tupoutama catches up with Ardmore flight instructor Wiremu Fautret and discovers the skills you need to obtain to become a pilot and the career paths that it can take you.

Julian Wilcox from Maori Television current affairs show NATIVE AFFAIRS shares his experiences of working in television on Thursday May 20 at 6.00 PM and Tupoutama finds out what students go through to get their dream television job. Then, on Thursday May 27 at 6.00 PM, Tupoutama heads into the world of teaching. Starting from kohanga reo to wharekura, he discovers exactly what you need to know if teaching is your passion.

Ever thought about becoming a builder? On Thursday June 3 at 6.00 PM, Tupoutama heads to Tairawhiti Polytechnic and Toihoukura to find out what you need to know to get yourself started and to see where it can take you. From the correct school subject choices to helpful extramural activities, AUTAIA shows rangatahi how to make their dreams come true every Thursday at 6.00 PM from May 6.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR AUTAIA Year: 2010 Censor: General Exhibition (G) Duration: 30 x 30-minute weekly programme Language: Maori language For images and media information, register with the Maori Television media centre at or for interviews, review tapes or further information, contact Communications Manager, Vanessa Horan, on +64 9 539 7159, mobile +64 21 928 007 or email [email protected]

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