Māori TV - This is Me

10 Jul 2018

Using te reo Māori as an artistic device, Maori Television gave people the platform to tell their story of connections to people and to place.









Strategy | Branding | Campaigns | Digital | Activations | Social |

The Challenge

Māori Television were looking to
attract new audiences and address perceptions of being old fashioned
and only for Māori.

Our brief was to increase affinity with digitally savvy audiences and engage them in Māori Television's kaupapa to normalise and revitalise te reo Māori.

It had to be fresh, surprising and line with Māori Television’s brand values. The campaign was to be ubiquitous across all Māori Television touch points: on air, online, social, PR and event activations.

Our recommendation: to be brave in using te reo Māori as an artistic device. To empower te reo to create emotive connections with people and their feelings about Aotearoa.

The Solution

The campaign invited people to create a personalised artwork of their "pepeha" - one’s connections to whakapapa and whenua.

The artwork expressed five themes:

  • whanaungatanga/relationships
  • manakitanga/hospitality
  • ukaipo/homeland
  • te taiao/environment
  • Hine-Raumati/maiden of summer

We created a digital platform where people could personalise their artwork through selecting colour, pre-designed typographic lock ups, patterns and open text fields. People could download their artwork, share it through Facebook and go in the draw to win it custom framed. Following this, they were invited to view summer TV content that aligned with their preferences; from hunting and fishing, kapa haka, comedy and kai shows.

“We believe that this campaign enhanced the mana of the Māori world view, while also being inclusive of all New Zealanders. Importantly, this campaign gave people the opportunity to engage with our brand and express their own feelings and ideas about Aotearoa.”

Keeley Sander, Head of Marketing, Māori Television

Nga mihi ki:

Johnson McKay - Creative Director
Tim Hansen - Design Director
Jason Fantonial - Senior Designer
Storm Smith - Designer
Melody Casse - Campaign Director
Keeley Sander - Maori Television, Head of Marketing
Amy Frecklington - Maori Television, PR
Chris Osbourne - Maori Television, Social