Presented by Kenneth Cumberland, Landmarks looked at New Zealand history through the landscape, and at man "coming to terms" with it. In this episode NZ's "last, lonely, remote" geography is framed as a stimulus for ingenuity. A narrative of "triumph over the elements" finds its flagbearer in the DIY story of jetboat inventor Bill Hamilton. Cumberland is donnish but game in pursuit of telling landmarks: exposing seashells alongside the Napier-Taupō highway (700m above sea-level) like a down-under Darwin, or in a gas-mask on an erupting White Island.
Thanks to CWF Hamilton & Co Ltd.
Landmarks was produced in association with The Department of Education and Fletcher Challenge Limited.
Music composed by Bernie Allen and performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra.