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In this episode from NZ television’s first local documentary series, pioneering producer Shirley Maddock visits the Hauraki Gulf island of Waiheke — just 11 miles from downtown Auckland. A time consuming boat trip has kept it as the preserve of holidaymakers and retirees but faster transport is on the way. In a nicely judged delve into island life, Maddock is eloquent and engaging as she meets local identities, visits a wedding, a 21st, and the primary school sports day — and ponders Waiheke’s past, present and future, as Auckland inevitably reels it in.

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 Shirley Maddock
 Don Whyte

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 Colin Lamond

Colin Lamond

The Sea Scout in center of boat is Jim Burns who was Penguin patrol leader when I was in 1st Waiheke Sea scouts and met again at his mum's memorial service this year.Now lives in Queenstown

 Julie Brown

Julie Brown

This brought back lots of lovely memories of my childhood on beautiful Waiheke..... saw lots of familar faces....My ancestors..The Brown and Hooks family were two of the pioneering families on Waiheke and I often wonder what they would think of the island now in 2013. Although much of it has changed I am always happy when I am back there and see some of the original houses still there. It is paradise.

 kay mackie

kay mackie

very interesting reading book my mother doris hooks was brought up there an i remember lots of stories my grandad jimmy hooks told me as a child remember visiting the old hooks homestead as a child where uncle palley an aurthur lived i have also been by boat to hooks bay an seen my great grandfathers grave i have lots of good memories of surfdale thank you so much for bringing it all back.i now have the book waiheke pioners which is also agreat book



Very interesting to watch and see how the island was back then.

 Monty Tawhai

Monty Tawhai

What a historical account of the day with no pretence or made to look good. Whaea Shirley Maddock certainly was admired by the people as well as valued the work she did. Mont from Mot(was still at school at the time Waiheke DHS)

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Being single and the youngest of a close and loving family meant I that could be as devoted to my work as any religious to her vocation. Time after time, with not a backward glance, I went darting off to one island or another, owing responsibility to nothing but the job in hand. 
Home go the weekenders, back to the mainland with bundles and baskets and babies and sticky bunches of wild belladonna lilies, pushing their tired sandy feet up the gangway. 
Television news, interviews and documentaries were skills nobody knew anything about when the medium arrived here. Shirley's background in radio and theatre, combined with her extreme intelligence, helped put together groundwork which has remained a benchmark lasting to this day as the industry has flourished. 
People at that time were used to a constant diet of overseas programmes. Suddenly they saw places on TV they knew — it was their own country.