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Heartland - Maniototo (Living in the Maniototo)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1993

"Space — big hills, snow-capped, blue skies ... that's the Maniototo, Central Otago." So says local poet Ross McMillan, describing the landscape that inspires much of his work. The Maniototo plain has also inspired writing from James K Baxter, Janet Frame, and Gary McCormick, the host of this full-length Heartland episode. McCormick finds a strong sense of community amidst the poetry of isolation: whether in the shearing shed, the sports field or the ice-skating rink. He also talks to local high-schoolers, some resigned to having to leave the area to find work.

You can have five or six years at a high school but you're not educated until you go through a curler's court.
– Local Doug Francis

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Anson Grieve Productions


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Anson Grieve Productions


Made with funding from NZ On Air


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