Thumbs up for Hawaiian television service

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Five years after its inception, the Hawaiian Government has finally agreed to fund native Hawaiian television service, ʻŌiwi TV.

A team from ʻŌiwi TV is in Auckland this week observing Māori Television's procedures, programmes and staff, hoping to return to Hawai'i with increased skills and knowledge for the benefit of their people.

The Hawaiian people have nothing but praise for the government's decision to fund the station, even though it has been broadcasting now for five years.

The team is in Auckland and will spend a week at Māori Television.  A cultural lesson already in action here for both parties, as the elder sibling hands down its knowledge to the younger sibling.