John Bates

Director, Producer

John Bates is a documentary director whose low profile and natural modesty belies his talent. His award-winning documentaries range across many iconic New Zealand people and events, including the 1951 waterfront dispute, the 1975 Māori Land March, late photographer Robin Morrison, and the history of 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

Interview

John Bates: Documenting New Zealand...

Interview, 2011

Through the Lens - The First 10 Years of Māori Television

2014, Story Editor - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Director, Producer - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Director, Producer - Television

50 Years of New Zealand Television: 7 - Taonga TV

2010, Producer - Television

Reflections - Gretchen Albrecht

2006, Co-Director, Producer - Television

New Faces Old Fears

2004, Co-Director, Producer - Television

Gang Girls

2003, Consulting Director - Television

1951

2001, Director, Producer - Television

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

2000, Post-Production Director - Television

Motormania

1998, Director - Television

Motormania - Episode One

1998, Director - Television

Motormania - Episode Two

1998, Director - Television

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

1996, Director, Producer - Television

Sense of Place: Robin Morrison, Photographer

1993, Director, Producer - Television