Full Season

There And Back

Matt Gibb is game for anything as he takes us on a journey to discover the real people and places behind the television moments that put New Zealand towns on the map.

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    • Palmerston North

    G Corporal Louise Nelson is no ordinary beauty queen. She takes cues from Miss Manawatu 1968 while Matt discovers the provenance of his childhood bike - the Pantha BMX. We also meet the town crier and take in New Zealand's only official Rugby Museum.

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      • Palmerston North

      G Corporal Louise Nelson is no ordinary beauty queen. She takes cues from Miss Manawatu 1968 while Matt discovers the provenance of his childhood bike - the Pantha BMX. We also meet the town crier and take in New Zealand's only official Rugby Museum.

      • Whanganui

      G Matt takes a Bowls lesson with world champion and Commonwealth athlete Peter Bellis and reflects on his homecoming in 1984. We show a 2nd generation, world champion blacksmith footage of his father. And we witness the highs (and lows) of flying with The Whanganui Aeromodeller's Club.

      • Oamaru

      G In 1974 the Oamaru Bavarian Association attempted to create the largest saveloy in the country (possibly the world). Matt Gibb together with with a 4th generation butcher smashes their record. We also meet the masters of replica car building and go for a ride with the local vintage car club.

      • Picton

      G Straight off the ferry, Matt looks into a story from 1980 stating that 75 percent of Picton businesses are owned and operated by women. We go wing-walking on a Tigermoth, report on a weather report, and then we hit the clubs.

      • Coromandel

      G Renowned Potter, Barry Brickell takes us on a tour of his artist's retreat complete with miniature railway. We meet an actor turned survivalist who in 1985 (rightly or wrongly) predicted the end of capitalism. And we follow in the footsteps of a 1976 news story and take a tour of the town with the local postie.

      • Motueka and Nelson

      G Selwyn Toogood might be the closest thing Matt Gibb has to a spirit animal. So it's fitting that Selwyn act as our tour guide by way of a 1964 programme looking at seasonal workers and tobacco farming. We also visit New Zealand's longest running commune and take in a spot of Sand Yachting.

      • Raglan

      G Midge Marsden and the Mudsharks reunite for a very special gig while Matt channels the denim clad Gary McCormick of 1987. International surfing champion Daniel Kereopa takes us for a paddle, and we examine a landmark land dispute dating back to WWII.

      • Omarama

      G With a population of 231, Omarama punches above its weight. It's home to some of the best Gliding conditions in the World - we meet a pioneer of the sport. And we track down an eccentric town legend named 'Hat' who Jim Mora made famous in 1989.