Saturday, 21 April 2012

'Primeval New Zealand' ~ a fascinating award-winning documentary

This is a Must See for anyone at all interested in the history of New Zealand's land mass, birds and the other creatures that live here.  Produced by the NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand) unit and presented by Peter Elliott, this documentary kept me riveted to the television for the hour of its duration. 

This is the first documentary I'm aware of that gives a broad overview of the whole scheme of our country's natural history.  Many give individual histories of one species or group of species, or of the geography but give us only a partial view, so in this one we see a very different angle.

A taste of the content can be seen on this page of the NHNZ website:
This is a television treasure which stands re-watching numbers of times.  What a great gift this would make for any ex-pat relatives or friends, or for one's own collection for that matter.  The DVD can be purchased here:
And while you're on the NHNZ site take a look at their stock footage page and browse through some of their amazing video clips:
For those of us lucky enough to have access to it here is
Reviews and articles from other sources:
Peter Elliott is such a good presenter.  I greatly enjoyed the 'Explorers' documentaries which he presented as he tramped and toiled along in the footsteps of this country's early explorers.  In full tramping (hiking) gear and carrying a heavy pack he made his way through seemingly impenetrable country and along wild coastlines, against seemingly impossible odds.  This was a unique way to get a close look at unforgettable scenery and appreciate the astonishing courage and or foolhardiness of some of our early pioneers!  For his role in this series Peter won the 2005 Best Presenter award of the Screen Directors Guild Awards.

I wish I'd seen the 'Captain's Log' series, also presented by him.

I am mystified not to be able to locate copies of these series on DVD for sale.  If anyone else has located them please let me know!

Oh, and why can't we see 'Gloss' again sometime - a little retro-fashion-soap tele?  Now that would be fun!  Remember Peter as the unforgettable Rex?  Of course you do!  Come on TVNZ!

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