ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER With TV Guide Deputy Ed­i­tor Chris Bush

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The story on the new Maori TV com­edy skit se­ries Hamu And Tofiga (see page 10) trig­gered a few smiles for me and brought back happy mem­o­ries. Like Te Ha­mua Nikora, who stars in the se­ries, I was also brought up in Gis­borne and, like many boys in the city, played rugby for var­i­ous school teams over the years on Saturday morn­ings. In the early school days, we played in bare feet which helped toughen us up on mid-win­ter frosty morn­ings. My par­ents would al­ways be there to sup­port me and although they en­joyed the rugby, there was also plenty of en­ter­tain­ment on the side­lines through the an­tics of pas­sion­ate par­ents whose off-the-cuff hu­mour and wit could be hi­lar­i­ous. These side­line “aun­ties” are among the char­ac­ters to fea­ture in the new com­edy se­ries. Te Ha­mua will have no short­age of ma­te­rial to draw on. And it is good to see skit com­edy back on New Zealand tele­vi­sion. Good Kiwi com­edy has of­ten been se­ri­ously lack­ing and, just like a school­boy rugby team, the best way to get bet­ter is to prac­tise.

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