Raoul Island is nearly 1000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. For this Christmas Day 1988 report, TV One's Kurt Sanders paid a visit to the four-person NZ meteorological team serving there (plus Smelly the dog — “the unchallenged King of the Kermadecs”). Sanders follows future One News weather presenter Karen Olsen (then Karen Fisher) as she milks the cow, and heads through the nikau to take readings in the crater of Raoul’s active volcano. The uniquely-evolved island is now the Department of Conservation's most remote reserve.
Pat Robins has been active in the screen industry since the 1960s, working in varied behind the scenes roles. In the early 70s Robins, her then husband Geoff Murphy and their children took to the road with musical extravaganza Blerta. After production managing on classics like Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu, and Ngati, she first stepped out on her own as a director in 1985, with her first short Instincts.