ScreenTalk: Stephen Stehlin
Stephen Stehlin is the longtime producer of TVNZ's weekly magazine show Tagata Pasifika, which targets Pacific communities in New Zealand.
He has also worked on a number of other factual TV shows such as Koha, Maori Battalion - March to Victory and When the Haka Became Boogie. Stehlin was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for services to Pacific Island television and the arts.
In this ScreenTalk, Stehlin talks about:
- Having to learn to type for his first job in television
- Working on the show Koha when it was in primetime
- Getting the crew out of trouble while filming Maori Battalion - March to Victory
- Having an amazing time learning about early NZ popular music on When the Haka Became Boogie
- A traumatic camera failure on his first directing job on Countdown to Telethon 1990
- Being told he was the ‘wrong’ race when applying to work on Tagata Pasifika
- Overcoming a lack of resources to produce a news segment for the show
- Bringing drag queens onto the show to inject entertainment value into the programme
- Why the show matters to its diverse audience
- Being proud to have worked with comedians The Laughing Samoans
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