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Making New Zealand - Power

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2014

Making New Zealand explores the engineering and technology feats that have shaped Aotearoa. In this 'Power' episode, the history of electricity is explored via a combination of interviews and archival footage. Hydroelectricity is a major focus, including the construction (and political complications) of Benmore Dam, Clyde Dam and the Manapōuri Power Station. New Zealand's relationship with geothermal, wind and nuclear power is also discussed. As is typical of the series, this episode includes eye-opening footage of perilous construction work, in an era that was clearly light on health and safety regulations. 

Your washing froze on the line .. You felt the isolation, and you relied on your friends — especially when your husband was working long hours ... that played heavy on the families.
– Marion Sheridan on living in Benmore Dam 'hydro town' Otematata

Key Cast & Crew

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Steven Barnett

Concept

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Mark Clare

Narrator

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Brian Holland

Development

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Mark Everton

Director, Producer

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Brett Corlett

Concept, Camera Operator , Editor, Research

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Jed Town

Composer

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Produced by

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Top Shelf Productions

Source

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Top Shelf Productions

Acknowledgements

Funded by NZ On Air's Platinum Fund

Music

Music by Jed Town and the Audio Network