Keeping it Pure
Keeping it Pure – screened on Prime TV, is a series about the New Zealand environment and the way we treat it. It looks at some of the major problems facing the environment and the things that people are doing to protect it. With an eye on the economic implications of “greening” the economy, the series canvasses the opinion of leading scientists, environmentalists, farmers and business leaders as it examines the importance to New Zealand of Keeping It Pure.
If you would like more detailed information click here for the list of weblinks for topics covered in this series. Promos for all episodes can be seen at the bottom of this page.
Aotearoa, New Zealand is a country of such spectacular natural beauty that, few questions were asked when Tourism New Zealand labelled the country 100% pure in 1999. After all, compared to most other countries, New Zealand is clean and green.
But, what started out as a tourist campaign has become a measure of New Zealand’s environmental performance and this performance is coming under increasing scrutiny both at home and abroad.
But, while pollution and degradation of the natural environment have dented the country’s reputation there are many New Zealanders who are living up to the clean, green image and, in this series, we’re going to look at the issues we’re facing and meet some of the people who are working to restore and protect the environment.
New Zealand's Reliance on the clean green image is an environmental, social and economical issue but how pure are we and what are we doing about it?
Episode 2 - Climate Change
Climate change is already affecting the world we live in but what are its implications for New Zealand and how can we slow it down?
Episode 3 - Fresh Water
Most of New Zealand's monitored waterways are polluted, but how has this happened and is it possible to turn things around?
Episode 4 - Biodiversity
Hunting, habitat loss and introduced predators have destroyed much of New Zealand's biodiversity, but volunteers around the country are trying to protect what is left - can they succeed?
Episode 5 - The Sea
As an island nation, New Zealand's marine environment is incredibly important, but what are we doing to it and how can we ensure its health into the future?
Episode 6 - The Land
Sustainability has become a major issue in recent times as resources become scarce and environmental damage spreads but is it possible to change the way we live?
Production personnel series
Year of production: 2013
Thanks to: NIWA, The Department of Conservation, Glenbrook Steel Mill, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, McHugh & Shaw Ltd, Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, Paremata School, Auckland Fish Market, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Mahurangi College, Pacific Rubber, Kakako Cafe
Producer/director: John Bates
Exec producer: Irene Gardner
Network executives: Kathy Wright, Nicola van der Meijden
Researchers: Karen Bates, Eugene Carnachan, Alex Reed
Story editor: Karen Bates
Online: Images & Sound
Offline editor: Bryan Shaw
Colourist: Alana Cotton
Camera: Jake Bryant
Additional camera: Scott Behrnes
Camera assistant: Evan Howell
Sound: Phil Donovan, Andy Thomas
Additional sound: Craig Mullis, Shaun Logan
Production manager: Kylie Croft
Production coordinator: Kali Moss
Production assistant: Haidee Brown
Animations: Deep Animation
Music: Tom Ludvigson
Titles and graphics: Varina Sydow
Additional footage: Making Movies, Matiu Sadd (Zero Energy House), Dave Allen, NIWA, Katja Riedel, NIWA (Antarctica), Trevor Johnston, Danny Boulton, Steve Hathaway Films, Mark Morrison, Mike Page
Sound mix: Inside Track
Narrator: Stacey Morrison
Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: New Zealand on Air and Prime TV