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Magic Kiwis - Sir Edmund Hillary

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1989

This episode from the first season of the show celebrating Kiwi heroes pays tribute to the exemplar: Sir Edmund Hillary. The greatest "damned good adventures" of Sir Ed's career (up to then) are bagged: his first peak (Mt Ollivier — reclimbed with son Peter here), trans-Antarctic by tractor, up the Ganges by jet-boat, school and hospital building in Nepal; and of course Everest, whose ascent is recreated with commentary from Hillary. Graeme Dingle provides reflection and presenter Neil Roberts has the last word: "[Sir Ed:] our own bold, bloody-minded magic Kiwi".

To climb up Everest was the physical high point of my life, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done. I see it more as a stepping stone to more satisfying projects, particularly this school here in Nepal.
– Sir Ed

Key Cast & Crew

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Neil Roberts

Presenter

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Peter Craven

Director

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Paul Richards

Camera Operator

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Roger Price

Co-Producer

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Robin Scholes

Co-Producer

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Sarah Scobie

Editor

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