You can find out how the other half lives
“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.