Anika Moa's 'edgy' talk show funded by NZ On Air
Musician Anika Moa is getting her own "edgy" talk show.
Moa and guests will take on the week's trending topics on Maori Television on All Talk With Anika Moa.
The show has been granted $641,549 to make ten half-hour episodes in the latest round of NZ On Air funding.
In a press release, NZ On Air said the Moa would host an "edgy, entertaining new talk show".
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Moa hinted at a television series in 2015. When Fairfax asked her if she was planning a shift to the small screen, she responded "watch this space".
"I am doing something really wonderful at the end of the year. I don't want to jinx it by talking about it but it's going to be fantastic," she said.
Moa previously hosted interviews with notable Kiwis for a web series.
Funding was also announced for a second season of Game of Bros, Maori television's reality show where contestants compete to be named the ultimate Polynesian warrior.
The show will receive $348,392 for another seven half-hour episodes.
Another new show for Maori Television is Artefact. Presented by professor of Māori studies Dame Anne Salmond, the series will explore the history of New Zealand through historic objects. It has been given $1,140,277 by NZ On Air for six one-hour episodes.
A new series for TV ONE is The Naked Choir. This documentary series will follow community choirs around New Zealand as they train under a leading New Zealand conductor and choral master. The Naked Choir will receive $1,025,349 in funding to produce six one-hour episodes.
Ngārara, a one-off documentary, will use $92,636 to cover the topic of addiction and the road to recovery.
Funding was also announced for TV3 to broadcast the NZ Music Awards and Maori Television to show the Dawn Service in Auckland on ANZAC Day.