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Demolition New Zealand

Go behind the security fences and into the hidden world of demolition with the Kiwis who do this tough and gritty work, from some of the biggest controlled explosions in the country to the smashing of multi-million dollar yachts in Auckland.

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    Season 1, Episode 1

    ML Southern Demolition are pulling down the old buildings behind the 113-year-old façade in Christchurch's High St. It's a tricky job as the façade is propped up and must not be damaged during the demolition.

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      ML Southern Demolition are pulling down the old buildings behind the 113-year-old façade in Christchurch's High St. It's a tricky job as the façade is propped up and must not be damaged during the demolition.

      ML Stripping the wall away from a building in Auckland’s Commerce St has exposed the ladies' loo at the back of a vegan restaurant. It turns out that someone built a toilet that connected to the wall that is being pulled down.

      ML Frustrations grow at Christchurch's High St demolition site. Foreman Toni Williams is concerned at the way the steel poles have been tied from the historic façade into the buildings being demolished behind.

      ML St Andrew's Church in Invercargill is coming down because it's considered an earthquake risk. The job's being done by local firm Demolition World and the boss, David Fallow, wishes he had a bigger digger.

      ML The old stables are Ellerslie Racecourse are being demolished to make way for a new building, with improved stable facilities and a function room. It's a Ward Demolition job and a new face is on site.

      ML The first job at the old stables at Ellerslie Racecourse is to remove asbestos, before the more exciting "bash and crash." The roofing iron isn't contaminated but underneath the battens and paper have been in contact with asbestos.

      ML An Ashburton feed factory is badly damaged in a spectacular fire, and a tricky demolition follows. The Winslow feed factory stored dangerous goods so Christchurch company Protranz has to be careful.

      ML The old grain silo at the back of Wood Mill in Addington is demolished because of earthquake damage, but the two other main buildings remain. It's the job of Sandro Deitos and his team of builders to get the buildings up to scratch.

      ML Brazilian builder Sandro Deitos has to deal with beam trouble at Wood Mill. Some of the measurements are out, and Sandro's under pressure to find an answer as the team renovates an old flour mill in Addington, Christchurch.

      ML It's a 4am start for the first concrete pour for the bottom floor at Wood Mill in Addington, Christchurch. Brazilian builder Sandro Deitos has been hired to modernise the old mill, which dates back to the 19th century.