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Matangireia is a series of conversations examining the political legacies of Māori politicians. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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Series 2 - Episode 8: Harete Hipango | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


Former National MP Harete Hipango may have had a short stint in Parliament. But the Whānganui lawyer has a long history of fighting for her people.

Series 2 - Episode 7: Dover Samuels | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


Former Labour Party MP Dover Samuels is a veteran of Māori politics.  But on his rise to prominence - a political scandal threatened to derail his …

Series 2 - Episode 6: Denise Roche | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


Former Green MP Denise Roche remembers the day she revealed in Parliament she was a survivor of sexual abuse – and taking a stand against then Prime Minister John Key.

Series 2 - Episode 5: Te Ururoa Flavell | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


In 2017 the Māori Party was voted out of Parliament - a loss which almost destroyed its former leader Te Ururoa Flavell. 

Series 2 - Episode 4: Hone Harawira | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


From the frontline of protests to the corridors of Parliament - Former Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira reflects on a lifetime of service to Māori. 

Series 2 - Episode 3: Ron Mark | Matangireia

June 8th, 2021


In 1996 New Zealand First shook up the political landscape. And for 25 years Former MP Ron Mark stood by the party and its enigmatic leader.

Series 2 - Episode 2: Georgina Beyer | Matangireia

June 1st, 2021


Georgina Beyer knows all about breaking barriers - becoming the first transgender MP in the world. But what is her biggest regret as a Māori MP in Parliament?

Series 2 - Episode 1: Paula Bennett | Matangireia

May 25th, 2021


Paula Bennett quickly became a breakout star in Parliament. But the former National Party MP opens up on the brutal leadership coup that sealed her …

Trailer: Introducing Matangireia - Watch & Listen Now on

September 26th, 2019


Matangireia examines the legacies of six former Māori politicians from across the political spectrum who share frank insights with series host, …

Episode 6: Marama Fox - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


They called her ‘the Foxy Lady’ and just a few weeks after entering parliament Masterton mother of nine Marama Fox almost brought down her party’s government.

Episode 5: Tau Henare - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


Tau Henare retired from politics in 2014, but could there be a comeback? Asked if he misses parliament Tau doesn't hesitate: "Hell yes!" he exclaims.

Episode 4: Sandra Lee - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


Sandra Lee is a history maker - the first Māori woman to win a general electorate seat, and the first person to lead a kaupapa Māori party (Mana Motuhake) into parliament.

Episode 3: Tuariki Delamere - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


In 1996 New Zealand First signed a deal with National to form the first MMP coalition government and Tuariki Delamere knew he would be a one term MP.

Episode 2: Dame Tariana Turia - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


In 2004 Tariana Turia voted against her own government's foreshore & seabed legislation, before resigning from Parliament & returning as the Māori Party co-leader.

Episode 1: Metiria Turei - Matangireia

September 26th, 2019


Did Metiria Turei mean to turn the 2017 election on its head? Earlier that year the former Green Party co-leader made an admission that would upend …

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