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Justin Hawkes

Director, Editor

Justin Hawkes knew from age 10 that he wanted to work in TV. An avid collector of TV guides, he sent TV3 a new programming schedule at age 13. The award-winning director and editor began his career as a tape operator at TVNZ, before honing his directing skills at music channel M2. He directed Netflix travel show Dark Tourist and won Best Director Documentary/Factual for Patrick Gower: On Weed at the 2020 NZ TV Awards.

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