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Hunting Aotearoa - Series Five, Episode Six

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2009

Adults only

In this episode from the fifth season of Māori Television’s long-running hunting show, presenter Howie Morrison Junior meets Department of Conservation ranger Eddie Te Kahika — then choppers into the Kaweka ranges in the Hawkes Bay with veteran pilot Spencer Putwain, for some aerial culling. Eddie discusses the win-win kaupapa of the culling: protect the beech forest from collapse caused by browsing, and keep the deer in fit shape for hunting. Then Howie stalks sika deer with Spencer’s partner, Sam Rust. The tip of the week is having an EPIRB (emergency locator beacon).

I don’t always have to kill something. I get as much of a kick out of videoing and photographing animals … the whole stalking and sneaking up onto an animal … you don’t necessarily have to shoot every animal that you see … I get as much of a buzz out of that.
– Sam Rust

Key Cast & Crew

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Mike Jonathan

Director, Editor, Camera

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Lea McLean


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Howie Morrison Junior


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Piripi Curtis


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Richard Curtis

Camera, Producer

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Jo Curtis

Production Manager

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Hikoi NZ


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Hikoi NZ