WWE programming free-to-air on Māori TV

WWE, Maori Television

WWE and Māori Television have announced a new agreement to broadcast WWE’s flagship shows, Raw and SmackDown, free-to-air in English and te reo Māori.

The one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown will be complemented by This Week in WWE and The WWE Experience. A te reo Māori version of WWE Raw will also be broadcast.

“We are excited to partner with Māori Television to deliver localized WWE content in New Zealand,” WWE co-president Michelle Wilson said. “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 Head of Content Mike Rehu added: “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.”

WWE programming will begin airing on Māori Television from Saturday, February 24.

  • WWE Raw (Saturdays at 7.30pm from February 24)
  • WWE SmackDown (Sundays at 7.30pm from February 25)
  • WWE Raw (Te Reo) (Mondays at 9pm from February 26)
  • This Week in WWE (Fridays at 7.30pm from March 2)
  • The WWE Experience (Fridays at 11.10pm from March 2)

All WWE programs will also be available on “14-day authenticated VOD catch-up” via the Māori Television website, www.maoritelevision.com.

This marks the first time WWE programming has been available on free-to-air TV in New Zealand since January 2002.

WWE Raw and SmackDown Live continue to air live in full on Sky 5.