New Zealand broadcast funding body NZ On Air has given NHNZ the funds it needs to proceed with Wild at Heart, an in-depth look at the country’s national parks, fronted by Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan.
Keoghan will journey across the National Parks landscapes, including Tongariro, Whanganui, Te Urewera, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi, Paparoa, Mt Cook, Westland and Fiordland, as he meets rangers, visitors, schoolchildren, scientists, fishermen, pig hunters, conservation workers and wildlife along the way.
The six-part series, set to air on TVNZ’s flagship channel TV One, will mark the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the first park, Tongariro, and the 25th birthday of the Department of Conservation.
The series will be a homecoming of sorts for the Kiwi-based wildlife and natural history prodco. NHNZ exec VP of development and marketing Neil Harraway said: “We work in the international market full-time now, and across all genres, so it’s with huge excitement amongst the team here in Dunedin that we are launching into a home grown series.
“While it’s gratifying to have had such success on the global market, there’s nothing like making something for a home audience.”
TVNZ commissioner of documentaries Jude Callen added: “We want to give all New Zealanders the opportunity to join Phil on a unique adventure and explore the magic that is our New Zealand wilderness.”
NHNZ is scheduled to film the series in 10 parks across both summer and winter, and will deliver to TVNZ in late 2012.