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NHNZ gets funding for six-part TV One series

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.
August 30, 2011

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief and content director for Realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to Realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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