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This Town - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2013

This acclaimed TV series heads to Aotearoa’s heartland, dispensing with narration or a city slicker presenter so that local personalities can represent themselves. The opening episode travels to the West Coast to meet the 'Coasters' who live there: from publicans, prospectors and bushmen, to sheila truck drivers, knitting drag queens and musical theatre directors. The Dominion Post’s Karl du Fresne wrote of the show: "Producer Melanie Rakena has done a superb job seeking out engaging characters with interesting stories and allowing them to tell them in their own way." 

I didn't actually come here to get away from people, I came here to get away from people telling me how I was supposed to live.
– Coaster Bean Sprout

Key Cast & Crew

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Wayne Cook


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Dave Dobbyn

Theme Music

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Melanie Rakena

Director, Producer

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Jacob Bryant


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Andy Thomas

Sound Recordist

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Jude Callen

Network Executive

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In memory of Mahinapua Hotel publican Les Lyle (1925 - 2013)

Made with funding from NZ On Air