Shirley Maddock

Producer, Presenter, Writer

Trailblazing broadcaster Shirley Maddock, ONZM, was making and presenting television in 1960, when the medium first began in New Zealand. After doing theatre in London and radio in New York, she went on to produce and present a series of documentaries in her homeland, and wrote a bestselling book to accompany 1964 series Islands of the Gulf. Maddock passed away on 10 October 2001. She was 72. 

My own philosophy as a historian is ... there is no such thing as the past; it’s just the chronicles of somebody else’s very lively present. Shirley Maddock, in a TVNZ Oral History interview from 1985