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Heartland - Wainuiomata Television – 1994 Documentary

Heartland - Wainuiomata

Television – 1994 Documentary

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This show was possibly the most controversial edition of the Heartland series. Gary visits the sometimes maligned working class dormitory suburb, and hits sports fields, local homes and Tupperware parties. He meets everyone from cheerful league coaches and builders remembering the challenges of getting supplies up the hill, to the woman many would not forget: Chloe Reeves, with her squeaking voice, distinctive fashion sense and tiger slippers. There is also a fleeting glimpse of future All Black Piri Weepu holding a school road safety lollipop (6.40 into the second clip).

The show outraged residents who said it made the area look like the 'slum of the Hutt Valley', and Pencarrow MP Trevor Mallard lodged a formal complaint that it breached the Broadcasting Act's good taste and balance provisions.
– Article in The Dominion on reaction to this episode, November 1994