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Rod Johns

Writer, All-rounder

Though he co-created TV border security drama Orange Roughies, Rod Johns was best-known for offering a helping hand. A writer and film reviewer for Real Groove, Johns began making his own short films and helped many Aucklanders on their film projects. Renowned for his try anything attitude (which included 250 skydives), Johns might be arranging a fight scene, setting up the lights, or acting. Rod Johns died of lung cancer on April 30 2014. He was 71.

I know from other industry friends and colleagues that he always gave his all on set and in everything he was involved in. Director Jonathon Rayner-Burt, in Auckland City Harbour News, 9 May 2014