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NHNZ reaches 40th anniversary


Robert Brown filming Adelie penguins. © NHNZ

Media Release

Date: 21 November 2017

NHNZ reaches significant milestone

Award-winning filmmaking company NHNZ celebrates their 40th anniversary on 25th November in Dunedin.

NHNZ has grown from humble beginnings into an international production company that creates more than 100 hours of television each year. Its productions are seen by millions of viewers in over 180 countries around the world. NHNZ has received more than 300 international awards, including the prestigious Wildscreen Panda and Emmy Awards.

“For a company to reach 40 years in business, let alone a specialist TV company, is a very special achievement. The secret to success is our people. NHNZers are passionate about telling incredible stories about the world around us. While many people have come and gone over the decades, that passion for world-class storytelling hasn’t changed in 40 years. NHNZ has a unique creative environment that has hatched an archive library business, a mobile gaming business and other start-up companies as opportunities have arisen,” says Kyle Murdoch, NHNZ’s Managing Director.

Some of NHNZ’s recent successes include award-winning Big Pacific which achieved great international ratings, produced with major stakeholders PBS, CCTV, NHK and ZDFE. Additionally, China From Above is now in its second series with China’s CICC and National Geographic Channels (NGCI). NHNZ programming featured on local screens recently with the highly successful two season run of Our Big Blue Backyard on TVNZ. The birthday occasion for past and present NHNZ colleagues will be a celebration of the people and history of NHNZ’s four decades in the television industry. Audio-visual presentations will be displayed around the event space, including past shows, behind the scenes footage and photographs.


Max Quinn in Erebus Glacier Tongue ice cave, Antarctica. © NHNZ

Notes to the Editor

NHNZ NHNZ is an international production company that sees the world a little differently. Maybe that’s because we’re located on the edge of it. Based in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s south east corner, we collaborate with some of the world's best filmmakers to make factual TV for the biggest global broadcasters.

Over the years, we've made original content for PBS, Discovery Channels, Animal Planet, A&E Bio Channel, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channels, NHK, CCTV, Travel Channel, Arte and France Télévisions. We've also picked up over 300 awards along the way, including the Wildscreen Panda and a number of Emmy Awards.

Now part of the Blue Ant Media family, we've been sharing some of the planet's most interesting stories for 40 years. And we're as dedicated as ever to creating programmes from a different perspective.


Crew filming a young albatross. © NHNZ

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