Game show rolls into town

"What'll it be Feilding, the money or the bag?"

Last updated 12:00 08/01/2013
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MONEY OR THE BAG? Contestant Linda Middleton answers a question for It's In The Bag - filmed at the Feilding Civic Centre for Maori Television. The show was hosted by Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison.

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"What'll it be Feilding, the money or the bag?"

When the famous phrase rang out in the Feilding Civic Centre last night, most of the seven contestants went for te peke - the bag - as Maori Television's It's In The Bag rolled into town.

About 200 people packed into the Civic Centre to be part of the filming of the show's fifth series and 61st episode.

The episode also drew presenter Stacey Morrison to the town for her seventh wedding anniversary.

"What did I want to do with my darling for our anniversary? I said ‘Take me to Feilding right now'," she told an appreciative audience.

The contestants, some from as far as Foxton Beach, took the stage to try their luck and see if they could head home with some money or prizes.

While some did well - one person turned down $260 for a $1500 pool table - one woman lost out on nearly $300 and went home with a pair of rubber gloves.

The show was one of 12 live shows filmed in town halls in smaller towns across New Zealand, with a grand final set to be held in April.

Director Tainui Stephens said the locations had been chosen to create a good vibe.

"It's nice to come out to the smaller towns, have a laugh and have a bit of fun."

The crew of 33 had been on the road for most of the Christmas season. The next show will be filmed in Pahiatua tomorrow at Tararua College. Doors open at 5.30pm.

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