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  1. Part one of three from this full length documentary.

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  3. Part three of three from this full length documentary.

  4. The credits from this documentary.


Gary McCormick goes west to Raglan, and asks: "What goes on here? Why do people live here? What do they do?". To find out he goes surfing on the famous left-hand point break, hangs with hippies, catches Midge Marsden and the Mudsharks at the Harbour View Hotel, and discusses land rights with kaumatua Sam Kereopa. The recipe — McCormick as genial small town anthropologist getting to know the locals — earned the documentary a 1989 LIFTA award, and later inspired the long-running Heartland series. Raglan was an early producer credit for Finola Dwyer (An Education).

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 Bruce Morrison
 Finola Dwyer
 Dave McArtney

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Always will be in my mind our old town :)



fantastic footage, fantastic people, love the old boys house

 Gerry Meister

Gerry Meister

What a great piece of film!



nice video, first visited in 1999, it's interesting to see what it was like back then and what houses/shops use to be, nice doco!

 Paul Ward

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Hi all. NZ On Screen is only licensed to stream videos so they're not available to download. Unless you have a slow connection it should play fine - if you have any problems viewing let us know and we'll see if we can sort it out. Unfortunately Raglan by the Sea not available on DVD.

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