EDITOR’S LETTER With TV Guide Deputy Editor Chris Bush
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.