Cave Creek


A  ninety-minute documentary made for TV3’s Inside New Zealand series.

For the first time on television “Cave Creek: The Full Story of a National Tragedy” examines – blow by blow, in detail the events of April 28, 1995, when a viewing platform on New Zealand’s West Coast collapsed, killing fourteen young people.

A government agency, the Department of Conservation, had designed and built the platform.  But no-one was found negligent, no-one lost their job over it, and, for a long time, no-one resigned.

This is the story of what happened at Cave Creek and why.

Best Documentary, 1998 NZ TV Awards


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Production Details

Producer: Tony Manson

Series associate producer: Kathy Sunderland

Exec producer: John Harris

Network exec: Vincent Burke

Director: Juliet Monaghan

Writer: Colin McRae

Researcher: Bridgid Davis

Editor: Bill Toepfer

Production managers: Philippa Mossman, Mandy Harris

Production assistant: Emily Harris

DOP: Mike O’Connor

Sound: Beth Tredray

Narrator: John Sumner

Production accountant: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TV3 & New Zealand On Air