You've seen shows where one man picks from dozens of women, where couples strip naked to choose a match, and even where people have sex live on television.

Finding Aroha is supposed to be the antidote to those.

Yes, it's a dating show. But its point of difference lies in making matches in a "Maori way".

It's billed as a fun new dating show - "think Tinder on television" - in which love is placed in the hands of the single person's friends and whanau, because presumably they're the people with your best interests at heart.


The whanau panel is presented with two potential matches based on likes, dislikes and age. They then choose the person their loved one will date.

Host Miriama Smith says the show offers a contrast to the more radical dating shows where it seems they often specifically aim to stir up drama.

The dates the contestants go on range from fancy lunches to white-water rafting trips, to visits to Auckland Zoo and Rainbow's End - not whisking everyone off for helicopter rides in Hawaii.

All the dates feature an activity of some sort to help the conversation flow and break the ice, and there's no pressure for anything serious.

It seems genuine, easy-going, and generally just pretty Kiwi.

Tune in

When: Tonight, 8.30pm
Where: Maori TV
What: When the whanau takes over Tinder.

27 Jul, 2016 2:24pm
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