Special Investigators


Special Investigators are the men and women employed by government agencies to investigate serious, sometimes fatal, accidents. Planes crash, boats collide and people die at work without good reason. This brand new series accompanies investigators on the job as they piece together the facts to determine the cause of each accident.

Why did it happen?  

How can further deaths be avoided?

Should someone be held accountable?

Join the investigators as they ask the hard questions. Was the machine properly maintained, were staff trained, had problems occurred before, were licenses current, were the correct systems and procedures in place and were they followed?

It’s a challenge to uncover the truth behind some of New Zealand’s many serious accidents and these investigators are our only chance to stop them happening again!

Three years in the making, Special Investigators is an observational documentary series a fly on the wall documentary series produced for TVONE.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Sophie Dungate

Thanks to: Dept of Labour, Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime NZ and Neville Sommerville

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Tony Manson

Re-enactment director/camera: Craig Wright

Story editor: Penny Ashbrook

Offline editors:  Sabrina Burnard, David Tokios, Glen Molesworth, Gary Sims

Online Editor: David Tokios

Production manager: Bronwyn Bezuidenhout

Production coordinator: Gemma Murcott

Director/camera: Tim Lucas, Joe Morgan, Ivars Berzins

Narrator: Truda Chadwick

Titles narration: Sydney Jackson

Production accountant: Liz Goddard

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: New Zealand On Air & TVNZ