The following press release has been issued:
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE and Māori Television, New Zealand’s indigenous broadcaster, today announced a new agreement to broadcast WWE’s flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown, on free-to-air TV in English and te reo Māori for the first time in New Zealand.
Beginning 24 February, Māori Television channel (English and te reo Māori) will televise a one-hour version of Raw at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and a one-hour version of SmackDown at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Te Reo channel will broadcast a te reo Māori version of Raw on Mondays at 9 p.m.
“We are excited to partner with Māori Television to deliver localized WWE content in New Zealand,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This new agreement to televise Raw and SmackDown on free-to-air TV, in both English and te reo Māori for the first time, allows us to deliver our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment to our passionate fans in the region.”
“Māori Television is thrilled to embark on this new relationship with WWE, a leading global entertainment company, as we set to further engage new audiences with te reo Māori,” said Māori Television. “All Māori Television WWE content will feature New Zealand’s indigenous language as a component, and we have engaged with some of the finest te reo Māori experts in the land to weave reo and tikanga into all platforms of broadcasts.”
On Fridays, Māori Television will also broadcast highlight shows WWE Experience at 7:30 p.m. and This Week at 11:10 p.m. Fans can watch all programs on 14-day authenticated VOD catch-up through Māori Television’s website, www.maoritelevision.com.