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Prime Presents: Making New Zealand

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Making New Zealand – the popular history series covering New Zealand’s industry, enterprise and ingenuity – returns for a third series

For the early settlers and those who followed this wild and isolated country, Aotearoa was a world away from anything they knew. Yet somehow they laid the foundations for the nation we live in today. This series celebrates the vision, the skill, and the sheer determination that made our country.

Each episode tells the amazing stories behind some of our most important industries – from farming, the backbone of the New Zealand economy for many generations, to the burgeoning tourist industry, once maligned by government and now our biggest foreign earner. Episodes like Broadcasting and Manufacturing discover how Kiwis looked to the rest of the world and improved, not simply imitated, the global trends.

Making New Zealand guides viewers through the tribulation and triumphs of growing and sustaining infrastructure and enterprise on our own terms, bringing to life the stories of inventors and pioneers, their friends and whānau who supported them, through to everyday New Zealanders who remember when work-life and culture were just a little different. Along the way the series reveals little-known stories of hard work and how a mix of luck and ‘no. 8’ wire combined to bring the world some revolutionary inventions. From the rotary milking machine, to crop-dusting, bungy jumping, and a technique that revolutionised beer brewing, New Zealanders were always on the lookout for ways to make their work easier and lives more pleasurable.

The beautiful archive footage and stills that were a staple of past series are back, with each episode showcasing rare and wonderful finds from public and personal archives. The eye-opening archival material is coupled with beautiful vistas of our country as we know it today, with interviews shot all across the country.

Making New Zealand takes you behind the scenes to broadcast transmission towers, Māori carving schools, smelters, breweries, chicken farms and more.

Made with the support of NZ On Air

 

EPISODE GUIDE


Episode 1 - Tourism

In this episode, we take a look back at how New Zealand tourism came to be, with focus on how Māori entrepreneurs quickly realised the wonders of our geothermal areas – especially the dazzling beauty of the Pink and White terraces at Rotomahana.

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Episode 2 - Farming

New Zealand’s unique landscape, rich soils and original thinking has made farming the backbone of the economy. Our clever innovation was born of necessity, and to this day continues to make waves on the world stage.

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Episode 3 - Manufacturing

New Zealand’s first industry was flax rope, essential in the 1800’s for sailing ships plying the Pacific and Tasman and further afield.

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Episode 4 - Broadcasting

Featuring a remarkable combination of young tinkerers and academic physicists, who were first responsible for wireless broadcasting in Aotearoa, the industry soon bloomed into an immensely popular entertainment medium which Kiwis had never experienced.

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About The Show

For the early settlers and those who followed this wild and isolated country, Aotearoa was a world away from anything they knew. Yet somehow they laid the foundations for the nation we live in today. This series celebrates the vision, the skill, and the sheer determination that made our country.

Broadcast

Broadcast

Broadcast

Broadcast

Farming

Farming

Farming

Farming

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Tourism

Tourism

Tourism

Tourism