Within two years of acting in kidult TV adventure Sea Urchins, Kiwi Rebecca Gibney had set up shop in Australia. There she would find fame — and a long list of awards and nominations — thanks to a television CV which includes Wanted (which she also created), Packed to the Rafters, The Flying Doctors, mini-series Come in Spinner, and 21 Halifax tele-movies as forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax.
Dunedin-born Michele Amas was an actor for over 30 years, and a poet for at least 10. Amas graduated from drama school Toi Whakaari in 1984. Alongside dozens of theatre credits, she made numerous TV appearances: she was cheeky but "incredibly strong-willed" pathologist Jennifer Collins in Duggan, who has a soft spot for detective Duggan; mother of the teen hero in series Holly's Heroes; and long-suffering assistant to the school principal in black comedy Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby. Amas also directed short film Redial, which competed at the 2002 Venice Film Festival. She passed away on Boxing Day, 2016.
Pathologist and climber Mike Gill accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on many adventures, often doubling up as participant and cameraman. In 1961 he was part of the first team to climb Nepal’s Ama Dablam; he later helped film Ed’s missions jet-boating up the Ganges, climbing the Kaipo Wall and grand traversing Mt Cook. A founding member of the Himalayan Trust, Gill wrote Himalayan Hospitals about its humanitarian work.