Unsung Heroes


Every year more than a million Kiwis volunteer in our community. They are the backbone of our non-profit organisations, which keep our country running – literally. They offer their time and expertise in emergency services, working with the homeless, youth at risk, caring for people and animals that would be lost without them. These volunteers are our Unsung Heroes screened on TV One.  Watch on demand at www.tvnz.co.nz/unsungheroes

Unsung Heroes feature over 18 organisations including the Maori Wardens, St Johns paramedics, The Auckland City Mission, The SPCA and Wellington Night Shelter.  Producer Bridgid Davis says, “We were staggered by the amount of volunteers that work on top of fulltime jobs. These people are at the forefront of social and emergency services making sure people don’t fall through the gaps. We were humbled by the work that they do and their endless energy. The hardest part of making this show was getting these volunteers to talk, as they are indeed the silent heroes of our communities. Once they start giving to organisations it’s very hard for most to stop, some volunteers end up making it their life mission and changing careers. “

The show is a mixture of gritty frontline work and feel good volunteering. It shows the amazing work these Kiwis do everyday for love not money.


Promotional Trailer


Production Details

Production personnel Unsung Heroes

Year of screening: 2012

Producers:  Bridgid Davis, Saffron Jackson

Thanks to: All the Unsung Heroes

Head of production: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Kathryn Graham

Field director: Eugene Carnachan

Post directors: Robin Shingleton, Jo Raj, Bridgid Davis, Saffron Jackson

Researchers: Kirsten Warner, Eugene Carnachan

Online editor: James Gardner

Offline editors: Emma O’Connor, Glen Molesworth

Production managers: Jani Alexander, Rachael Fleury

Production assistant: Siobhan Kelly

Camera: Mal Williams, Tom Fowlie, Daniel Apiata, Craig Wright, Ray Hawes, Gary Hopper, Matt Gerrand, Scott Douglas

Narrator: Jason Hoyte

Production accountant:  Heidi Salter

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ & N.Z. On Air