Justin Hawkes knew from age 10 that he wanted to work in television. He was an avid collector of international TV guides, and at age 13, sent TV3 a new programming schedule. Hawkes began his career as a tape operator at TVNZ, before honing his directing skills at music channel M2. Hawkes has directed for Netflix travel show Dark Tourist, and edited a run of documentaries (e.g. Stan, Awa: Born This Way).
During the late 80s and early 90s Lindsay Perigo anchored on a run of high profile TVNZ news and current affairs shows, where he gained a reputation as the “doyen of political interviewers” (Metro magazine). The opera-loving broadcaster abandoned television in 1993 — famously calling the medium "braindead" — and reinvented himself as an apostle of libertarian philosophical doctrines (on radio, in print and online).
Encouraged to make films by legendary all-rounder Don Selwyn, youth worker turned psychologist Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph became a director. After making award-winning marijuana documentary Hiding Behind the Green Screen in 2010, he followed it with Tātarikihi - The Children of Parihaka, which documents Parihaka through children's eyes. The feature-length Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River debuted at the 2014 NZ International Film Festival. It explores connections between Whanganui river and local iwi. His suicide docudrama Maui's Hook was invited to the festival in 2018.