Skip to main content
chevron-left Back

Matai Smith to Host TVNZ 2’s 9 LIVES

6th April 2021

Award-winning TV presenter and producer, Matai Smith is returning to TVNZ to host 9 LIVES, a bi-lingual game show that will leave viewers glued to the couch, and shouting at the screen.

Contestants’ general knowledge is put to the test as they put their ‘LIVES’ on the line in the hope of taking home a cash prize. The game is simple, protect your lives and stay in the game. With exciting questions across multiple different topics, viewers at home will have the opportunity to test their own general knowledge whilst being exposed to te Reo Māori in an organic and entertaining way, as te reo Pākehā is used interchangeably with te Reo Māori.

Matai, who has championed te reo on screen throughout his career, is incredibly excited to host the new show: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to host this brand-new quiz show, e hīkaka ana te ngākau’I am so excited at the prospect of contestants from throughout Aotearoa putting their mātauranga (knowledge) to the test to try and take home as much pūtea (cash) as they can!” 

If you love quiz shows, and think you’re Aotearoa’s next quiz whiz, we want you! Register now to put your knowledge to the test and see if you can do the mahi (work) to build up lives to survive and cash to take home. 

Filming will take place between 20th April and 14th May 2021. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and must be a New Zealand citizen or have the right to reside in New Zealand. 

9 LIVES is funded by Te Māngai Pāho and will air on TVNZ 2 later this year.