In this documentary, presenter, poet and lifelong surfer Gary McCormick reunites the 'Bay Boys'— a gang of Pākehā and Māori surfing buddies who grew up in Titahi Bay and often had "seawater dripping out of their noses". In the early 1960s Porirua was a rapidly growing city with 2,700 state houses and a young population. It also became a city of two halves; in the late 1960s gangs began recruiting in more deprived areas of Porirua East. McCormick meets up with friend George Harris, a "snappy dresser" and hard man who broke a cycle of domestic abuse and pain when he became a husband and a father.
All around us a new city was rising. We were all part of a large, social experiment we didn't even know was going on.– Presenter Gary McCormick looks back on his childhood in Titahi Bay in the fast growing northern Wellington suburb of Porirua
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Closing credits song 'Like This Train' performed by The Mutton Birds