While Rawiri Paratene was directing TV's Korero Mai, conversation turned to Intrepid Journeys, and he mentioned offhandedly that he'd love to be a presenter. At the end of the day Paratene got an urgent message to call his agent: the Intrepid producers wanted him to guide an episode. Weeks later he found himself in Nicaragua, engaging with the people, places and troubled history of the country. It is the children who will live on in his memory. Paratene proves himself a generous host, revealing something of himself as much as Nicaragua.
[Nicaragua] has the makings of something exceptional that just needs nurturing. This land and its people has endured a lot; it's endured natural disaster, human strife and revolution...its history is quite scary. But Nicaragua has won me.– Rawiri Paratene