Actor Michael Hurst began life in northern England, then moved to Christchurch at age eight. In this Here to Stay episode he looks at the pervasive elements of Kiwi culture that derive from mother England — from roasts, rugby, tea and the Mini, to a language and legal system. In this excerpt Hurst fries up fish'n'chips with Ray McVinnie, stalks deer with Davey Hughes, and explores how class ideals travelled south to Mt Peel and Christ's College .... A chorus of Kiwis, including ex-All Blacks' captain David Kirk and historian Jock Phillips, ponder the influence.
We’ve [New Zealanders] got a sort of tolerance to other other people — as long as they accepted the superiority of English values.– Historian Jock Phillips
Available from TVNZ.
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Music by Mana Music, Extreme Music, Woodcut Productions