The country’s leading Māori radio programme producer – Waatea 603 AM – will devote six hours of live-to-air coverage to the prestigious 2013 National Māori Sports Awards on Saturday November 30 from 5.00 pm.

The bilingual broadcast will be presented by Māori sports commentators Dale Husband (Ngāti Maru) and Rereata Makiha (Ngāpuhi, Te Māhurehure, Te Arawa, Rangitāne) as well as journalists Lewin Husband (Ngāti Maru) and Rewa Harriman (Te Whakatōhea, Te Māhurehure). Rewa is a former tennis star who won the title of Junior Māori Sports Woman in 1997 and 1998.

Black Sox star Brad Rona, world renowned wood chopper Jason Wynyard and sevens sensation Gillies Kaka are finalists in the Senior Māori Sportsman category while canoeist Lisa Carrington, cricket’s Suzie Bates and world sevens champion Kayla McAlister will vie for the Senior Māori Sportswoman trophy. The annual black-tie event takes place at Auckland’s Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

Part of UMA Broadcasting, Waatea 603 AM is Auckland’s only Māori radio station, providing an extensive bilingual schedule to its listeners including talkback, news, current affairs and music. Waatea 603 AM general manager Bernie O’Donnell (Te Ati Āwa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu) says the special sports broadcast from the official ceremony will include on-stage presentations and entertainment, interviews with leading Māori personalities, and profiles of the awards, finalists and scholarship recipients.

Live coverage will begin at 5.00 pm on the station’s Auckland frequency, streamed live on the website, www.waateanews.com, and will be available to the national iwi radio network. The organisation will also provide coverage of the awards in its Māori and English language news bulletins which are broadcast on the 603 AM frequency.

“Waatea is proud to have been the official radio broadcaster of the National Māori Sports Awards since 2004 and we look forward to our ongoing partnership to celebrate and promote Māori achievement in sport.”

Waatea 603 AM presents the 2013 National Māori Sports Awards – supported by Te Māngai Pāho – on Saturday November 30 from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm. More information about the Māori Sports Awards is on the websitewww.maorisportsawards.co.nz


For more information including English and Māori language interviews, contact Bernie O’Donnell, General Manager, Waatea 603 AM, on phone +64 9 275 9070, mobile +64 27 226 9325 or emailbernie.odonnell@waatea603am.co.nz; or Jaysn Horan and Vanessa Bidois, Kanui Limited, on phone +64 4 384 4677, mobile +64 21 928 007 or email info@kanui.co.nz

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