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Melanie Rakena

Director/ Producer

Melanie Rakena partnered with Jane Andrews in 2002 to create Jam TV. The long-running company specialised in popular factual television, much of it involving travel. Jam programmes like Intrepid Journeys, Off The Rails and Global Radar have managed to achieve both popular and critical acclaim.

I'm very glad I didn't listen to the careers officer at Temuka High School who told me to go and work at the bank. Melanie Rakena

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Interview

Jam TV: Melanie Rakena and Jane Andrews...

Interview, 2010

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NZ Story

2013, Producer - Television

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This Town

2013 - 2015, Producer - Television

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NZ Story - Helena McAlpine, Living Every Moment

2013, Producer - Television

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NZ Story - Meng Foon

2013, Producer - Television

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This Town - First Episode

2013, Director, Producer - Television

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North

2011, Director - Television

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The Hunt for the Pink and White Terraces

2011, Executive Producer - Television

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North - First Episode

2011, Director, Producer - Television

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

2010, Subject - Television

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

2010, Subject - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Rwanda (Rhys Darby)

2009, Director, Executive Producer - Television

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South

2009, Producer - Television

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South - First Episode

2009, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Yemen (Paul Holmes)

2008, Director - Television

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Off the Radar - Is Modern Christmas Sustainable?

2008, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Mali (Te Radar)

2007, Executive Producer - Television

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ICE

2007, Producer - Television

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ICE - Mortality (Episode Four)

2007, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Libya (Jeremy Wells)

2007, Executive Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Nepal (Anton Oliver)

2007, Executive Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Russia (Marcus Lush)

2007, Producer - Television

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Dave Dobbyn - One Night in Matatā

2005, Co-Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Cuba (Kim Hill)

2005, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Indonesia (Andrew Fagan)

2005, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Malaysia (Lisa Chappell)

2005, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Morocco (Dave Dobbyn)

2005, Director, Executive Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Nicaragua (Rawiri Paratene)

2005, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Uganda (Roger Hall)

2005, Producer - Television

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Off the Rails - Good as Gold (Episode 10)

2004, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Borneo (Tim Shadbolt)

2004, Producer, Director - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Cambodia (Kerre Woodham)

2004, Producer, Director - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - China (Katie Wolfe)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - East Timor (Karyn Hay)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Ecuador (Michael Laws)

2004, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - India (Pio Terei)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Mexico (Donald Grant Sunderland)

2004, Producer, Director - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Mongolia (Hugh Sundae)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Myanmar (Jon Gadsby)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Nepal (Craig Parker)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Peru (Ewen Gilmour)

2004, Producer, Director - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Syria and Jordan (Danielle Cormack)

2004, Director - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Tibet (Paul Henry)

2004, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Vietnam (Robyn Malcolm)

2004, Producer - Television

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Off the Rails - Rail Rider (Episode Nine)

2004, Director, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Bolivia (Peta Mathias)

2003, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Egypt (Marcus Lush)

2003, Producer - Television

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Intrepid Journeys - Kenya (Peter Elliott)

2003, Producer - Television

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Angela D'Audney - A Tribute

2002, Executive Producer - Television

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From Here to Maternity - First Episode

2001, Executive Producer - Television

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Trio at the Top

2001, Executive Producer - Television

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Maggie's Garden Show - Ellerslie Flower Show Special

2000, Executive Producer - Television

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Mucking In

2000 - 2009, Executive Producer - Television

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Real Food for Real People with Jo Seagar - First Episode

1998, Floor Manager - Television