Justin Hawkes knew from age 10 that he wanted to work in television. He was an avid collector of international TV guides, and at age 13, sent TV3 a new programming schedule. Hawkes began his career as a tape operator at TVNZ, before honing his directing skills at music channel M2. Hawkes has directed for Netflix travel show Dark Tourist, and edited a run of documentaries (e.g. Stan, Awa: Born This Way).

I'd been threatened with beheading in Turkey, surrounded by police in the US, but actually being detained by the local cops in Northern Cyprus felt a lot worse. Justin Hawkes, on memorable moments in his television career
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The Curious Mind

2018, Editor - Television

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Stan

2018, Editor - Television

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Dark Tourist

2018, Director - Television

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Awa - Born this Way

2017, Editor - Television

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What Next?

2017,2017, Editor, Segment Director, Director - Television

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Mind Over Money with Nigel Latta

2017, Editor - Television

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The Real Housewives of Auckland

2016, Supervising Post Producer - Television

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The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta

2016, Editor - Television

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Loading Docs 2015 - Conversations with Pets

2015, Director - Web

Faye Rogers claims to have a unique ability — to converse with animals. In this quirky short documentary Rogers shares her talent and introduces some of her favourite animals, including her donkey Thistle, who has a penchant for swearing and watching crime shows. It’s not just her own pets she can talk to either: while filming she takes a Skype call from an American client whose kitten Finn has gone missing. It's up to Faye to convince Finn to come out of hiding. The film was made as part of the 2015 series of Loading Docs, a collection of short films made for viewing online.

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Top Actor South Africa

2014, Series Director - Television

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Cadbury Dream Factory

2014, Series Director - Television

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Dreams Lie Deeper

2014, Editor - Television

In November 2010, 29 miners died in the Pike River disaster. In 2014 Wellington’s Orpheus Choir invited singer Dave Dobbyn to compose a musical tribute to the victims. Dreams Lie Deeper followed Dobbyn to Greymouth to meet with mourning families, and visit the mine. This excerpt shows the premiere of Dobbyn's song ‘This Love’ in Wellington on 10 May 2014, to a standing ovation. The film screened on TV One on the fourth anniversary of the disaster. Sunday Star Times critic Grant Smithies called it “one hell of a documentary. Raw, touching and blessedly unsentimental.” 

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Asian Times

2013, Director, Editor, Producer - Television

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Comedy for Cure Kids - All Blacks in Japanese

2013, Editor - Television

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The X Factor New Zealand

2015, Post Producer - Television

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American Times

2012, Director, Editor, Producer - Television

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Neighbourhood

2012 - 2017, Director - Television

This long-running factual series aims to celebrate "what diversity really means for all New Zealanders", by exploring the people and culture of Kiwi neighbourhoods. Four stories per episode are presented by a personality with links to the 'hood. The hosts include actors Madeleine Sami, Shimpal Lelisi and Yoson An, musicians King Kapisi and Tami Neilson, tennis player Marina Erakovic and designer Sean Kelly. Made by Satellite Media for TVNZ, six seasons had been made up to 2018. Neighbourhood was nominated for Best Information Series at the 2012 NZ Television Awards. 

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Indian Times

2011, Director, Editor, Producer - Television

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The Third Class Traveller

2011, Director, Editor, Producer - Television

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Elect the Dead Symphony

2010, Editor - Music video

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Julian and Camilla's World Odyssey

2009, Director - Television

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Rocked the Nation - No 46: Rock N' Roll Ponsonby

2008, Director, Writer - Television

This popular C4 series counted down 100 moments in New Zealand music history, scouring the archives en route to number one. Taken from episode three, this musical moment covers the time bands Hello Sailor and Dragon shared digs. Musos Graham Brazier and Todd Hunter, alongside music writer John Dix (Stranded in Paradise), provide the goss on the early 70s 'Ponsonby Rock' scene revolving around Mandrax Mansion — where members of the bands lived, played and partied hard. Brazier quotes lyrics from an unrecorded song about the then working class suburb.

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Shihad: Live in Aotea Square

2005, Editor, Editor - Television

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Dancing with the Stars

2015, Post Producer - Television

Based on a UK reality format, Dancing with the Stars sees a line-up of celebrities paired with a professional dance partner, and put through ballroom dance routines. Judges and a public vote eliminate a pair each week. A five time winner of best programme in its category, the show played for five hit seasons on TVNZ, hosted by Jason Gunn and Candy Lane. In 2015 it was relaunched by Great Southern TV for TV3; Dominic Bowden and Sharyn Casey hosted. Dai Henwood and Casey presented the seventh series in 2018. Winners have included Norm Hewitt and and Suzanne Paul.

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M2

2001 - 2002, Director

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Space

2003 - 2004, Director - Television

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Squeeze (Music Show)

2004, Director - Television