You can find out how the other half lives

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“No ob­ser­va­tion is more com­mon and at the same time more true than that one half of the world is ig­no­rant about how the other half lives.”

That quote from nearly 200 years ago en­cap­su­lates some of the themes of my TV cur­rent af­fairs show Eye to Eye, which starts its fifth year on Sun­day.

The show was the brain­child of for­mer TVNZ news boss Bill Ral­ston and was based on his own show The Ral­ston Group. He wanted a Maori per­spec­tive and that’s ex­actly what hap­pens.

Maori cur­rent af­fairs perspectives have been min­i­mal on main­stream TV, so when Front of the Box Pro­duc­tions head Claudette Hauiti asked me to present the show it was too good an op­por­tu­nity to miss.

It’s a sim­ple for­mat. Four peo­ple line up and de­bate a con­tentious sub­ject over 30 min­utes. Most of the top­ics have a strong Maori theme and most times there are two Maori and two Pakeha de­baters.

I chair the de­bate and have to fess up to be­ing bi­ased to­wards, you guessed it, the Maori view.

How­ever, most guests are aware of my bias and I don’t try to hide it like so many other TV com­men­ta­tors.

I do try to be fair and the show has at­tracted more view­ers con­sis­tently than any other Maori pro­gramme.

New Zealan­ders have learnt about Maori pol­i­tics through the show, in­clud­ing why some Maori be­lieve Maori can’t be racist, and why some Maori be­lieve Pakeha in­vented smack­ing.

You name the Maori sub­ject and we will cover it.

So take the chance to find out not only how the other half lives, but also how it thinks this Sun­day in Eye to Eye at 11.30am on TV One.

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