If you’re like me and think the Tararua Range is awesome, nod your head towards Maori Television this Thursday 3rd October, at 7.30pm (alternatively 10.30pm on Friday), for the third episode of the network’s relatively new series, Survive Aotearoa .
In each episode of Survive Aotearoa, Barrie Rice and Chris Kumeroa act out a possible scenario in New Zealand’s outdoors, pull apart the situation for analysis, and calmly consider and convey advice on how to survive. This Thursday, the scenario will have them acting as lost, injured trampers in the middle of the Tararua.
I’ve personally found what I’ve seen of the first two episodes to be fascinating. The show’s been going far beyond simplified advice (like “take a PLB and wait for rescue”) to convey rich information about survival techniques. In a sea of sensationalist broadcasting, it’s a credit to the ability of Maori Television  to produce quality and useful programming.
Both episodes which have so far screened can presently be viewed online .