Presenter Gary McCormick helms another episode of this popular series about Kiwi communities and finds plenty of community spirit in Hokitika. The 1864 gold rush turned Hokitika from a "bleak sandspit" into a bustling town almost overnight. Extracting natural resources is still the district's biggest industry. McCormick goes greenstone hunting in the Arahura and investigates a sustainable forestry programme. It's a town where senior citizens lead busy social lives playing in bands, joining marching teams and playing Irish card games. It's also a town with a deep love of music in its pubs, community halls and school productions.
That's 'leverite' ... "leave it right" where you found it.– Stone carver Ross Crump on the name of the 'valuable' stone Gary McCormick has found
Anson Grieve Productions
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Happy Days are Here Again composed by Milton Ager and performed by the Golden Girls Choir