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Pukemanu - Pukemanu Welcomes You (first episode)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1971

Pukemanu was the first continuing drama series made in New Zealand. Set in a North Island timber town, it offered characters Kiwis could relate to at a time when New Zealand accents were rarely heard on local screen dramas: rural, bicultural, boozy and blokey. Viewers and reviewers praised its Swannie-clad authenticity. This first episode sees a culture clash as a motorcycle gang (including a young Bruno Lawrence) hits town and causes trouble, running Ray (Geoff Murphy) off the road; and stranded townie Diana (Ginette McDonald) falls in love with a local axeman while hunting.

How about a nice hot tea - will do us both good.
– Mrs Telford (Pat Evison) to a recently concussed Diana Thorpe (Ginette McDonald)

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Music

Music by Wayne Senior and the NZBC Symphony Orchestra

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