March 31, 2015, 8:17 p.m.
Te Hiku Media will live video stream the 2015 National Long Distance Waka Ama Championships at Marsden Point, Ruakaka on 4 and 5 April. This event will broadcast through the innovative Te Hiku Media online digital platform, tehiku.nz
The live broadcast will be available from 8am - 6pm Saturday 4th April and from 8:30am - 5pm Sunday 5th April. The live stream will be accessible through most mobile devices and computers worldwide by visiting tehiku.nz/wakaama
Channel North will also broadcast the live stream on their Freeview Channel in the Whangarei region. Video announcing will be led by Te Hiku Media’s award winning announcer Ngawai Herewini and will be bi-lingual, Maori and English. The audio from the live stream will be broadcast on iwi radio station Te Hiku, 97.1 FM based in Kaitaia.
This years National Long Distance Waka Ama Championships are hosted by the Tai Tokerau Polynesian Canoe Association, in collaboration with Waka Ama New Zealand (WANZ). 594 kaihoe (paddlers) representing 28 clubs from around Aotearoa and even a team from the Cook Islands will participate in this years event.
General Manager of Te Hiku Media, Peter-Lucas Jones says “Rugby and Cricket get all the live sports coverage, but what about sports that are inherently Maori for example waka? We’re helping to raise the profile of this popular indigenous sport by live streaming this Waka Ama championship and celebrating the legacy of waka in Aotearoa!”
Northland District Health Board is a gold sponor, and the E Tu Whanau Campaign are also sponsoring the live coverage. Te Hiku Media’s Waka Ama Live Stream crew will include a technical team, a camera team and a team of video announcers, totalling about 12 people.
Te Hiku Media’s crew includes Digital Broadcast Technician Keoni Mahelona, Digital Production Manager Junior Vuku-Wilson, Program Director Raewyn Barry (Channel North), Camera Operator Erin Bradburne and Media Co-ordinator Maria Tauroa.
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