Thirty Years of South Pacific Pictures

South Pacific Pictures marked its 30th anniversary in 2018. With drama production at its core, this collection highlights the production company’s prodigious output. The collection spans everything from Marlin Bay to Westside — including hit movies Sione's Wedding and Whale Rider  — plus the long-running and beloved Shortland Street. In the backgrounder, longtime SPP boss John Barnett reminisces, and charts the company’s history.


Shortland Street

Television, 1992–ongoing


25 Years of Shortland Street

17 Items

Outrageous Fortune - First Episode

Television, 2005 (Full Length Episode)


Outrageous Fortune: A modern morality tale…

Interview, 2013

Sione's Wedding

Film, 2006 (Trailer)

Marlin Bay - Series Three, Episode 11

Television, 1994 (Excerpts)

Jackson's Wharf - First Episode

Television, 1999 (Excerpts)

Go Girls - First Episode

Television, 2009 (Excerpts)

The Brokenwood Mysteries - First Episode

Television, 2014 (Excerpts)

Space Knights - The Golden Knight (First Episode)

Television, 1989 (Excerpts)

The Almighty Johnsons - First Episode

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)


The Almighty Johnsons: A myth in the making...

Interview, 2016

Whale Rider

Film, 2002 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Behind the Scenes of Whale Rider

Television, 2003 (Excerpts)



Television, 1994

City Life - First Episode

Television, 1996 (Excerpts)


Being Eve

Television, 2001–2002

The Blue Rose - Episode One

Television, 2013 (Excerpts)

Mercy Peak - What She Least Expected

Television, 2001 (Excerpts)

My Wedding and Other Secrets

Film, 2011 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)



Television, 2001–2005

Sione's 2 - Unfinished Business

Film, 2012 (Trailer and Extras)

Nothing Trivial - First Episode

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

Westside - First Episode

Television, 2015 (Full Length Episode)

Maddigan's Quest - First Episode

Television, 2005 (Full Length Episode)

The End of the Golden Weather

Film, 1991 (Excerpts)

Step Dave - First Episode

Television, 2014 (Full Length Episode)


Television, 1999 (Excerpts)

The Boy from Andromeda - The Guardian

Television, 1990 (Full Length Episode)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Film, 1999 (Trailer)


Film, 2000 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Deepwater Haven - First Episode

Television, 1993 (Full Length Episode)

We're Here to Help

Film, 2007 (Trailer)

Wild Coasts with Craig Potton - Fiordland & Faraway Coasts

Television, 2011 (Excerpts)

Old Scores

Film, 1991 (Excerpts)

High Country Rescue - Episode Eight

Television, 2012 (Full Length Episode)

Rivers with Craig Potton - Rangitata

Television, 2010 (Excerpts)

White Lies

Film, 2013 (Trailer)


John Barnett: A life in NZ film and television...

Interview, 2009


Chris Bailey: Producing TV drama classics...

Interview, 2011


Kelly Martin: From the copy room to CEO...

Interview, 2016


James Griffin: Getting serious about Kiwi comedy...

Interview, 2014