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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