Black Spots, White Crosses
Black Spots, White Crosses is the story of New Zealand’s most dangerous stretches of road.
One of these pieces of highway in the Waikato, has claimed more lives than any other. On average, someone dies violently on this piece of highway every three weeks. It looks more like a graveyard than a roadside – the many white crosses mark places where life has ended suddenly and where families come to grieve.
New Zealand has, for the size of our population, the highest road toll in the world. What is worse is that we keep killing ourselves in exactly the same spots, over and over again.
If drivers choose to drink alcohol, speed, drive unsafe cars, or take their mind off the task of driving carefully – they are much less likely to get away with it on the Waikato highway, and they too may find their last journey through the blacksport marked by a white wooden cross on the side of the road.
Promotional TrailerComing soon
Producer: Tony Manson
Exec producer: John Harris
Director: Sean Duffy
Researchers: Bridgid Davis, Julianne Evans
Editor: Peter Roberts
Online Editors: Alan Cornish, Phil Lovrin
Production managers: Philippa Lellman, Judith Trye
Camera: Andy Coleman, Peter Mayo, Murray Milne, Chris Terpstra, Ian Beale, Mark Potter, Steve Roigard, Craig Wright
DOP: Swami Hansa
Sound: Malcolm Cromie, Myk Farmer, Mike Huddleston, Terry King, Don Mattewson
Sound Mix: Matt Heine
Narrator: Truda Chadwick
Location Assistant: Stephanie Herron
Graphics: Emil Woodruffe
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TVNZ