Bill Kerton has directing and writing credits on shows from Havoc and Newsboy to Jim Hickey’s A Flying Visit, but it’s his voice that will be most recognisable to punters. Duncan Greive of The Spinoff called him a "narrating genius" for his observational documentary voice-overs. Kerton's distinctive drawl and humour have graced everything from bogans to Neighbours at War, the show he also directed for four seasons.

TV2's resident voice of edgy reality shows. Paul Casserly describes Bill Kerton in a 2015 NZ Herald review
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Gutsful

2017, Narrator, Director - Television

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House Hunt

2015, Narrator - Television

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Bogans (TV)

2015, Narrator - Television

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Coast New Zealand

2015, Story producer - Television

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Crayfishers

2015, Story producer - Television

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Best Bits

2013 - 2015, Writer, Post-Production Director - Television

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Saving Gen Y

2013, Post-Production Director, Writer - Television

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Meet the Frockers

2013, Narrator, Writer - Television

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Redwood Kings

2015, Story producer, Post-production Director - Television

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Nabbed

2013, Post-Production Director, Writer - Television

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Last Chance Dogs

2012, Narrator - Television

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The Food Truck

2011 - 2012, Writer - Television

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History Under the Hammer

2011, Story Producer - Television

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Monteiths Wild Food Challenge

2011, Post-Production Director - Television

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Dog Squad - Series Two, Episode One

2011, Post-Production Director - Television

This long-running series tails working dogs and their handlers, who are helping protect New Zealand’s streets, borders, prisons and national parks. This opening episode of the second season sees dog squad member Dan "come a cropper", while chasing thieves; one prison visitor leaves with an unusual gift from inside (while other visitors are worried about their drugs from the night before); and Auckland Airport sniffer dogs snuff out some unwanted imports. Dog Squad's first two seasons were produced by Cream Media, shortly before the company was taken over by Greenstone TV.

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Dog Squad - First Episode

2010, Post-Production Director - Television

This long-running reality series, made for TVNZ, follows the lives of dogs and their handlers: "fighting crime, saving lives", and helping protect New Zealand’s streets and borders. The very first episode sees the dog squad diffuse a street brawl in Manurewa, nab a runner from a crashed stolen car, and bust a visitor trying to smuggle contraband into Waikeria Prison in the Waikato. Plus avalanche rescue dogs are trained at Mt Hutt ski resort. This first Dog Squad series was produced by Cream Media (the company was taken over by Greenstone TV in 2010).

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Highway Patrol

2009, Writer, Post-Production Director - Television

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Renters

2013, Writer, Post-Production Director - Television

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Two Tube

2007, Writer, Post-Production Director - Television

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Zoo Babies - Raising Baby Iwani

2006, Narrator - Television

Zoo Babies - Raising Baby Iwani was a spin-off from long-running Greenstone series The Zoo. Capitalising on the cute charisma of baby animals, it highlights the inherent dramas of animal breeding programmes at zoos. Filmed at Auckland Zoo, this documentary follows the story of surviving twin Baby Iwani, a Siamang gibbon, whose mother rejected him at six weeks of age. Senior primate keeper Christine Tintinger takes on the role of surrogate Mum, hand-raising Iwani for a year before giving him back to his mother. The documentary originally screened in two parts.

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Neighbours at War - Series Two, Episode One

2006, Director, Writer, Narrator - Television

Neighbours at War was a popular and long-running TV2 reality show. In this opening episode from the show’s second series, an Otara fence is a battle line in a bitter territorial dispute between Lois and Alec. The mediator is Labour MP for Otara Ross Robertson, who draws on Winston Churchill, General Douglas MacArthur and aroha in an effort to broker peace — amidst allegations of rubbish and porn mags on one side, and swear words and brown eyes on the other. Narrator Bill Kerton’s puns and some choice sound effects punctuate the neighbourly nastiness.

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Neighbours at War

2005 - 2008, 2012, 2015, Narrator, Director, Writer - Television

Neighbours at War was a popular reality show that ran for 10 years and eight seasons on TV2. Narrated by long-serving director Bill Kerton, it offered a quirky Kiwi take on a UK concept: take a seemingly unsolvable dispute over a boundary/ fence/driveway, and get a famous Kiwi to mediate the neighbours who can’t agree. Mediators included Mark Sainsbury, Tom Bradley, Police Ten 7's Graham Bell, and John Key. The purposefully cheesy music, and emotion worn on the sleeve, helped make the Greenstone TV show a “much-loved New Zealand staple” (The Spinoff's Duncan Greive). 

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Neighbours at War - Series One, Episode Four

2005, Director, Writer, Narrator - Television

Every story in this popular TV2 reality show saw warring neighbours each give their side of a border dispute, before a well-known local tried to mediate. In this first season episode the affray is over Parakai willow trees, accused of blocking sun and busting sewer pipes (narrator Bill Kerton calls them the "herbaceous equivalent of herpes"). The mediator is Helensville MP John Key. Struggling to sit on the fence, and amid accusations of racism, the future Prime Minister is unable to forge a driveway détente: "sometimes people just don’t want to see eye to eye".

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Havoc Presents: Quality Time

2004, Director, Director - Television

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Relive the 80s

2003, Director - Television

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Zoo Babies

2002 - 2006, Narrator - Television

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Choice! 2002: Havoc and Newsboy's Election Special

2002, Director - Television

Mikey Havoc and Newsboy (Jeremy Wells) take a typically sideways glance at the 2002 general election in this one-off special, broadcast live from inside "a giant stainless steel question mark on the neutral electorate of Rangitoto Island." In case you hadn't noticed (Havoc presents in Paul Frank pyjamas), the analysis is more satirical than factual, and along the way they find time to put the boot into Auckland's then-mayor John Banks, learn parliamentary etiquette from Jonathan Hunt and compliment Don Brash on his six-cylinder Ford.

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A Flying Visit

2002 - 2003, Director - Television

The father of veteran weatherman Jim Hickey was a Spitfire pilot during World War II. In this early 2000s series, made while Hickey junior was senior weathercaster at TVNZ, he channels his heritage and flies a Cessna 182 around New Zealand airstrips, taking the pulse of the people and landscapes peculiar to each region. The airborne Heartland was one of a series of programmes that he made with producer Dave Mason, under their Rustic Road Productions banner (starting with Jim’s Car Show in 2000). Hickey would later open cafes at Queenstown and New Plymouth airports. 

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Havoc and Newsboy's Sell-Out Tour 3 - The Victory Lap

2002, Director - Television

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Piha Rescue

2013, Narrator - Television

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Havoc and Newsboy’s Sell-Out Tour 2

2000, Director - Television

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Havoc 2000 Deluxe - Episode 17

1999, Director - Television

This 21 December 1999 Xmas episode of Havoc 2000 recaps the show’s memorable moments of the year. The malarky includes various Kiwi TV celebrities, a notorious visit to Gore, cracking up at puns in Bulls, Angela D'Audney entoning Doors lyrics, 'Fun with Meat' classics, a nude horse, a honeytrap for presenter Nick Eynon, and Mikey bungy jumping from the Harbour Bridge. On the music front there’s truck bed tunes from The Hasselhoff Experiment, and an interview with dub pioneer Lee 'Scratch' Perry. The finale features a Ferrari and a "peace out" from newsreader Tom Bradley. 

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Havoc 2000 Deluxe - Episode 18

1999, Director - Television

This episode of the turn of the century youth show trips out in the mud, at The Gathering dance party in Takaka. Havoc then talks to Manchester DJs at Piha, and interviews legendary comedian Robin Williams, who ranges from getting bitten by a dolphin to being scared by Paul Holmes. When this episode aired in January 2000, the hosts were at the peak of their infamy, having baited the BSA earlier in the series with a student stapling his genitals to a cross and setting it alight, and a woman on the street being asked whether she’d consider a sexual act for four dollars.

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Motorway Patrol

2008 - 2011, Writer, Post production director - Television