In this documentary, writer and adopted Cantabrian Joe Bennett explores the north/south divide, where the dividing line is the Bombay Hills — Jafa being an acronym for a somewhat impolite term for Aucklanders. Bennett is in sparkling form, mischievously stirring the pot of regional prejudice as he travels the country, asking exactly what non-Aucklanders think about the inhabitants of the City of Sails. The deep south has never looked so hardy, cold or desolate; meanwhile the congested motorways of Auckland appear to be paved with lattes and cellphones.
Aucklanders? Well they’re not really part of New Zealand are they? They’ve got their little culture, their own little country up there. It’s their own little rat race and I think they can have it up there.– South Island fitter and welder
Made with funding from NZ On Air