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John Bates

Director, Producer

John Bates is an award-winning documentary director whose natural modesty belies his talent. His documentaries range across iconic New Zealand themes and events, including the 1951 waterfront dispute, the 1975 Māori Land March, the arts — and the history of local television itself.   

Documentaries that search for (and stay loyal to) the truth are essential in a world that gives credence to 'alternative facts'. John Bates

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Through the Lens - The First 10 Years of Māori Television

2014, Story Editor - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 2 - The Whole World's Watching

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 3 - Let Us Entertain You

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 4 - Winners and Losers

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 6 - A Sense of Identity

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Producer - Television

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Christine Hellyar - Artist and Naturalist

2009, Co-Director, Producer - Television

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Reflections - Gretchen Albrecht

2006, Co-Director, Producer - Television

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New Faces Old Fears

2004, Co-Director, Producer - Television

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Gang Girls

2003, Consulting Director - Television

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1951

2001, Director, Producer - Television

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Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

2000, Post-Production Director - Television

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Motormania

1998, Director - Television

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Motormania - First Episode

1998, Director - Television

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Motormania - Episode Two

1998, Director - Television

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An Immigrant Nation - Hoots Mon, The Scots in New Zealand

1996, Director, Producer - Television

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Sense of Place: Robin Morrison, Photographer

1993, Director, Producer - Television