Kina Scollay is an award-winning underwater cinematographer and documentary producer based in New Zealand. Kina has shot for feature films, documentaries and TV specials for local and international broadcasters. Recently he was the underwater Director of Photography on the Warner Bros blockbuster The Meg. He produced Our Big Blue Backyard II, and the Discovery Channel special, Sharks of the Shadowland.
After suffering an attack by a great white shark in 1995 while he was professionally diving for paua off the Chatham Islands, Kina initiated research into New Zealand’s great whites. He was the first person to find, attract and cage dive with great whites in New Zealand, and he became a founding member of the New Zealand Great White Shark Research Project. The project’s research discovered a migration hitherto unknown by science - great whites making return journeys from New Zealand to locations in the Pacific. He co-developed a world-first visual ID system to individually identify great whites by their markings, using underwater videography. His footage of great white sharks is used in broadcast series around the world.
Kina grew up on the West Coast of the South Island and was a keen amateur ornithologist when young. He joined a rare seabird expedition to the Chatham Islands when he was just a teenager. The place made an impression on him and he found himself living and working there as a young man, freediving for crayfish and paua. He is a licensed skipper, and for many years ran a charter boat operation that enabled scientific and filming expeditions to access the wildest and most remote parts of New Zealand’s coastline. These days he lives in the Marlborough Sounds.