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Islands of the Gulf - Great Barrier Television (Full Length Episode) – 1964 Documentary

Islands of the Gulf - Great Barrier

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1964 Documentary

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Presented by pioneering producer Shirley Maddock, Islands of the Gulf was NZ’s first locally made TV documentary series. In this episode Maddock makes the 50 mile seaplane flight from Auckland to Great Barrier. Accompanied by ever present birdsong, she proves an eloquent, attentive guide to ‘The Barrier’. She recounts the SS Wairarapa tragedy and pigeon post, tramps to old kauri dams, and surveys the quirks of transport for the 240 people then living on the rugged bush-clad island, from the Land Rover-driving nurse, to a Chrysler taxi once owned by Al Capone.

Apart from Shank’s pony, a Land Rover is the best way to travel on The Barrier.
– Shirley Maddock