Ngāruawāhia's Kay Kahui calls his birthplace a "gutsy little town", and that's exactly what presenter Gary McCormick finds in this Heartland. When Horotiu Freezing Works closed and factory jobs dried up, unemployment soared and youth crime increased. McCormick meets teens setting a hāngī for Te Pua Waitanga transition programme, and sees cooperation in action. Older locals recall Ngāruawāhia as a "working man's town", and Tainui Trust leader Hare Puke expresses the deep pain of the Waikato land confiscations. At Ngāruawāhia Primary School's reunion, cabaret star Debbie Dorday sets old wrongs to right.
Are you still very sexy?– A former Ngāruawāhia Primary School student greets an old friend
Anson Grieve Productions