Maori Television has played an important role in preserving Maori language

For a sample of their cultural programming, go to:

Te Reo is the station's second channel, launched 28 March 2008. Te Reo is 100% Māori language with no advertising or subtitles featuring special tribal programming with a particular focus on new programming for the fluent audience.[1]

This program gives a history of Maori Broadcasting in New Zealand:


Māori or te reo Māori (pronounced [ˈmaːoɾi, te ˈɾeo ˈmaːoɾi]) commonly te reo ("the language"), is the language of theindigenous population of New Zealand, the Māori, where it has the status of an official language. Linguists classify it within the Eastern Polynesian languages as being closely related to Cook Islands MāoriTuamotuan and Tahitian; somewhat less closely to Hawaiian and Marquesan; and more distantly to the languages of Western Polynesia, includingSamoanTokelauanNiuean and Tongan. According to the Maori Language Commission the number of fluent adult speakers fell to about 10,000 in 1995.