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NZ 'spoilt for choice' in documentaries

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

The series will follow Elisabeth Easther around the islands of the Haruraki gulf, meeting locals and exploring the landscape 52 years after her mother Shirley Maddock's documentary series. © Press Association The series will follow Elisabeth Easther around the islands of the Haruraki gulf, meeting locals and exploring the landscape 52 years after her mother Shirley Maddock's documentary series. More than half a century after New Zealand's first ever documentary series aired, it's getting an update.

Islands of the Gulf is one of 12 documentary programs to be funded in the latest round of NZ On Air funding.

The series will follow Elisabeth Easther around the islands of the Haruraki gulf, meeting locals and exploring the landscape 52 years after her mother Shirley Maddock's documentary series.

Other funding winners include Uncharted, a six part collaboration between NZ, Australia and the US as actor Sam Neill retraces Captain Cook's three Pacific voyages.

A one-off documentary, Camp Twitch, will focus on six young Kiwis with Tourette Syndrome participating in a week-long camp at Rotorua.

Another will document the journey of 80 teenagers taking part in a medical trail hoping for a breakthrough in treating obesity.

"The demand for funding from this first round of the financial year in the documentary and factual genres was unprecedented," NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said.

"We as a funding agency and the audience are spoilt for choice with these new and returning programs."

FUNDING RECIPIENTS

* Coast NZ 2 - $1,800,901

* Uncharted - $1,500,000

* Lost & Found - $1,032,439

* Forensics NZ 2 - $1,020,000

* The Trial - $759,679

* Country Calendar 2017 - $566,720

* The Big Ward 2 - $433,611

* Islands of the Gulf - $362,486

* Beyond the Battalion - $200,000

* The King in the Ring - $130,179

* Camp Twitch - $125,000

* Under The Bridge - $71,495

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