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A Summer Place Television – 1995 Documentary

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This beautifully-shot documentary is a social and architectural history of the great NZ bach (or crib for those south of the Waitaki). Maggie Barry tracks their evolution from workers’ cottages to a fully fledged icon in danger of extinction: as the blind eye turned by councils that made them possible becomes a thing of the past, and the coastline becomes too valuable to allow ‘just anyone’ to erect a shack on it. The Kiwi spirit that created the building is celebrated; and bach enthusiasts interviewed include Sam Hunt, Keri Hulme, Karl Stead and Rawiri Paratene.

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John Milligan

Producer, Director, Writer

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Graeme Patrick

Camera

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Mike Kerslake

Sound

The veneer comes off and you revert to being a happy primate.
– Keri Hulme