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Raglan by the Sea Television – 1987 Documentary

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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).

I’ve always been fascinated by small New Zealand towns, and in the course of my work over the years I’ve been to quite a few of them.
- McCormick reflects on his heartland journey