The crew met Dan in Takaka - a small settlement in the Tasman-Marlborough district at the top of the South Island. He'd been living in the region since leaving Auckland as a troubled teenager. Dan has had an eventful and colourful journey so far and he recounts several episodes from his life here.
When we met Roi in Wakefield, he was on an unusual adventure. He had bought a bicycle for $100 in Auckland and was cycling the length of New Zealand, some 1600 kms. He'd never been much of a cyclist but he was young, enthused, and motivated. He wanted to get away, discover something, perhaps discover more of himself in the weary act of daily pedalling over a long distance. Enjoy the interview!
We met Mark at Glenduan, a small township lying to the north of Nelson. Mark was in holiday mode after delivering garden ornaments, which he makes himself, and enjoying the view of Tasman Bay on a bright summer morning. He talks about the ornaments he manufactures, his love of the Great Outdoors, and knowing how to be in the moment.
The crew met Pam and her husband Barry at a camping ground near Nelson. Pam talks about a very different New Zealand when she was a young girl growing up in Kaikoura through the 1940s and '50s. She also describes what the 2011 Christchurch earthquake felt like.
This is a story about a conservationist and caretaker of a small camping ground nestled amidst seven acres of precious native coastal bush - the only such space between Cable Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island in New Zealand. For the past 20 years, Ken and his partner have laboured to rid the McKee Memorial Reserve of flora and fauna introduced by 19th century migrants. Their action has allowed native plants and animals to recover from varied predators.