This telefeature imagines the build up to, and aftermath, of an Auckland volcanic eruption. The last big one produced Rangitoto, and scientist Clive de Roo (Mark Mitchinson from Siege) is the man who discovers under the mountain rumblings, 600 years later. Citizens are non-plussed until the top pops. Eruption was produced for TV3 by The Gibson Group and was one of the last projects completed by veteran screenwriter Graeme Tetley (Out of the Blue, Vigil) before his death in 2011. The Gibson Group had earlier produced 2008 earthquake in Wellington drama Aftershock.
You can’t choose when you will have a crisis, and it’s just bad luck if you have one when there is a volcano arriving on what was supposed to be ‘your’ big day.– Screenwriter Graeme Tetley
Produced in association with Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Made with funding from NZ On Air