The Outsiders


The Outsiders gives a dozen at-risk Maori youths the opportunity to turn their lives around. It showcases the potential these young men have and reveals how different their lives can be when they have opportunity and support.

Over half of Maori boys leave school without qualifications, not even an NCEA Level One credit to their name.  These statistics, along with those of offending and drug use, perpetuate the stereotype of Maori male as underachievers. This documentary series will reveal their potential –  starting with just 12 boys.

The Outsiders follows the 12 Maori boys through a three week summer programme tailor made to turn their lives around .  They are 15-16 years old and have already been excluded from mainstream education.  They have no formal qualifications and for many alcohol and drug taking is a regular part of life.  If we are to believe the statistics, they are headed towards a future stint in jail.

The programme aims to inspire the boys to put direction and purpose into their lives.

By the end of the camp the boys will have identified their future goals and will pledge their commitment to achieving them.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Cass Avery

Assoc. Producer: Kim Muriwai

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network execs: Jude Callen, Kathryn Graham, John Wright

Director: Reuben Pillsbury

Offline & online editor: Kristin Leys

Production manager: Tanya Pouwhare

Production assistants: Kimberley Cumner, Tim Tautau, Rebecca Plaistow, Jody Phillips

Camera: Wayne Vinten, Jake Bryant, Dave Mills, Reuben Pillsbury

Sound: Shaun Logan, Tim Brott

Narrator: Greg Johnson

Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TVNZ