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New Zealand – Earth’s Mythical Islands episode 3

New Zealand - Earth's Mythical Islands episode 3: New Zealand was one of the last land masses to be found and settled by people. Lush and fertile, almost everything brought here flourishes, often with surprising consequences.     Told through the experiences of its native species - in particular, a charismatic and peculiar giant, flightless parrot - this is the moving story of the changing fortunes of New Zealand's wildlife since humans first arrived. New Zealand - Earth's Mythical Islands…

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New Zealand – Earth’s Mythical Islands episode 2

New Zealand - Earth's Mythical Islands episode 2: The most extreme and wild parts of New Zealand are in the South Island, which lie towards Antarctica, in the path of the tempestuous 'roaring forties'. This is home to some of the most rapidly rising mountains in the world, the Southern Alps.     From hyper-intelligent parrots to sinister snails with teeth and magical constellations of glow-worms, this is the story of New Zealand's wildest places and its most resilient pioneers,…

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Read more about the article New Zealand – Earth’s Mythical Islands episode 1
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New Zealand – Earth’s Mythical Islands episode 1

New Zealand - Earth's Mythical Islands episode 1: transports you to an exotic, magnificent and isolated island chain where the mysterious and unexpected story of its true nature is revealed. Narrated by Sam Neill.     Isolated since the time of the dinosaurs, New Zealand's wildlife has been left to its own devices, with surprising consequences. Its ancient forests are still stalked by predators from the Jurassic era. It's also one of the most geologically active countries on earth. From Kiwis…

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The Pacific In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill ep. 2

The second of six episodes following Sam Neill travelling in the wake of Captain Cook around the Pacific, 250 years on from when Cook made his first voyage. This episode sees Sam in New Zealand, a country he calls home. Sam considers not only the cultural ramifications of Cook’s first interactions with the Maori people but also the continuous social and political impact Western settlers had on the land and people.     Speaking with historians, activists, artists and locals,…

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Coast New Zealand – The Far North ep.6

Neil visits a mansion once owned by Terry Clark of 'Mr Asia' drug syndicate fame; Riria takes aim at the musket wars; and Jacky gets jazzy in the world's largest seacave.     Coast New Zealand is an epic voyage of discovery along the margins of a country that's a newcomer on the terrestrial stage; islands that were forged in the furnace of earthly forces, mega earthquakes, marauding glaciers and furious volcanoes. With 16,000kms of dynamic coastal stories to uncover…

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