From fable to fact – soaring across the skies of the South Island, the world’s largest eagle was once considered a mythical creature. Frank Film tracks the emergence of the pouākai from the shadows of time.
Kate Dewes fought for peace on the global stage, but trying to get her earthquake-damaged home repaired “nearly finished me”. She talks to Frank Film.
It’s called real world learning: pinenut pesto, bush tea and homekill. Bush Farm Education is taking kids out of the classroom and into nature
Love in the time of anti-war – Frank Film tells the story behind New Zealand’s first pacifist memorial.
Could Ōamaru be the steampunk capital of the world? Frank Film investigates.
From coal and cannabis to a writers’ festival and a forest track – Blackball is the town that refused to die.
Our children are losing the battle against tooth decay. Frank Film asks why.
Watch the full interview with Karen Guilliland - midwife, reformer and one of the co-founders of the New Zealand College of Midwives.
NZ - the best place to give birth?
Ōkārito Lagoon, an ancient and pristine wetland.
Parched paddocks – how Banks Peninsula farmers are adapting to the big dry. Frank Film heads to the hills.
The biggest, the heaviest and the ugliest – Frank Film tracks down the winners at the Little River Giant Pumpkin Festival.
“Curvy girl online” – meet the influencer beating the bullies and body shamers.
What can a seven-year-old boy teach a Christchurch MP about community housing? Frank Film investigates.
Hanging out in central Christchurch, waiting for a mate, St Bede’s teenager Jamayne Feast and his two friends filmed and posted a short music clip. Just over a year later, he has soared past Go and collected 655,000 followers and 10 million likes. Frank F
What happens when the world’s rarest gull sets up camp in an imminent building site? Frank Film investigates.
Stay, go or slide it down the road? Frank Film looks at the last ditch effort to save a heritage building from the giant footprint of Christchurch’s new multi-arena stadium.
In Woolston, Christchurch, a small group of parishioners is fighting to support its local community – and the survival of its church. Frank Film investigates.
New Zealand’s potato chip industry is being threatened by cheap imports from Europe. Frank Film looks at the growing fight to support local producers and processors supplying the neighbourhood chippie.
It is a love story like no other. Alice Flett and the Wizard have been together for nearly 50 years. Next year will mark 30 years since they were engaged, but the engaged couple are no nearer to tying the knot. Frank Film asks why.
New Zealand has rare and ancient animal breeds which aren’t native. Do they deserve protection, too?
Watch the full conversation with leading prison reformist, Tā Kim Workman.
Over half of all prisoners in New Zealand are Maori - how did it come to this? And what can be done about it?
At 88, he may well be New Zealand’s oldest busker but what’s his real claim to fame?
In Christchurch there’s a tiny shop with a big mantra - buy New Zealand made. Frank Film meets the passionate retailer and the clever Kiwis she’s helping.
The wheels of progress turn frustratingly slow in Christchurch’s Red Zone. Frank Film asks, is anything going to happen?
Frank Film joins singer Julia Deans on a mission to find out more about her remarkable ancestor, Jane - a stranger in a strange land.
The delightful tale of one teacher, 12 girls and their determination to shatter the glass ceiling at one of New Zealand's most traditional schools.
The town of Kaiapoi was fair walloped by the first Canterbury earthquake in 2010. A decade after disaster, Frank Film returns
In the heart of Christchurch is a Designated Character high school. What makes it unique? And should there be more like it?
In the first 48 hours of life, blood from newborn New Zealand babies is taken and tested. Most parents will never hear back. For others, it’s life-changing.
If Peter Langlands needed to, he could eat for free. The food he doesn’t grow, he finds - sprouting wild and free in public spaces.
Less chemicals, carbon emissions and nitrates, super-healthy soil and plants growing like crazy. Farming the Regenerative way. Frank Film joins a feel-good field day.
We’ve never been so popular. Talk show hosts, royalty and 4 million visitors are beating a path to New Zealand. Frank Film asks how many tourists are too many tourists?
It’s been a heck of a ride for Zion Tauamiti. After a near-death experience the big-hearted youth worker is back, helping the kids of Christchurch - only this time he’s doing it differently.
The French have their poodles and the British their bulldogs, so what’s the official dog of New Zealand? Frank Film goes in search.
Lydia Bradey is a truly remarkable New Zealander. Don’t know her story? Watch Frank Film and be inspired. #NZOnAir
They can’t see stars at home so they’re flocking to see them here. Astro-tourism - putting the twinkle into Tekapo. Frank Film visits after dark. #NZOnAir
Lester Rowntree is a self-confessed hoarder who’s filling the town of Otira with stuff, every nook and cranny. What’s Lester up to? Frank Film investigates.
Did you know selective breeding was once government policy in New Zealand? Frank Film looks into the eugenics movement and the unlucky New Zealanders caught up in it. #NZOnAir
In the final week of campaigning we’re up close and personal with Christchurch’s main mayoral candidates who invited Frank Film into their homes, and kitchens. Well, to be fair, Frank invited themselves…
Post-quake many property investors took their insurance money and fled Christchurch. And, with foreign investors failing to show, Frank Film finds a few plucky locals taking a punt on building a city.
Christchurch’s pristine water is world renowned and safe to drink straight from the tap. But will this statement ring true in 50 or 100 years?
New Zealand in 1900 had seen nothing like it - a mega-mansion, the largest wooden house in the land.
To be a Christchurch Auntie you have to be kind and ‘non-judgey’. The Aunties now number 2,500, a network of people providing practical support to victims of domestic violence.
A year before the 2011 earthquake Christchurch’s historic Arts Centre upped its insurance cover by $90M. A decision that would ultimately save the largest collection of heritage buildings in New Zealand.
She’s a doctor who’s devoted decades to caring for disadvantaged youth. He’s a pioneering surgeon who set up a charity hospital where treatments are free.
What if your home insurance premium jumped from $2000 to $17000?
Buildings once stood where lettuces now thrive, in the centre of our second biggest city. Cultivate Christchurch produces more than veges, they’re growing opportunities for young people.
On March 15 two men ran into Christchurch Hospital claiming they’d witnessed a shooting and to expect patients. It was the first and only warning the hospital would receive.
A unique way of life that has flourished for almost 80 years near Motueka. Could you live here?
It's a four-legged frenzy which unleashes sheer doggy delight!
It took a dedicated group of Christchurch parents to put a “stake in the ground” and declare an intention to turn their school around.
Is one of New Zealand's finest buildings about to be demolished?
Cantabrians have come in their thousands to place flowers, to seek solace, to come together at this time.
As the Christchurch Town Hall underwent a 167 million dollar refurbishment, the building’s original architects would pop in, to look over the works.
With an election looming, Christchurch Dilemmas looks at the state of our city rebuild.
This week Christchurch Dilemmas asks how is our prized waterway really doing?
This week Christchurch Dilemmas meets the Filipino men who’ve left their loved ones to come here for work.
The 1200 residents of Southshore enjoy enviable access to both the Estuary and the Pacific Ocean, but what does the future hold for this special spit?
A new plan for a new-look Cathedral Square with multiple zones. Will it work?
Join Christchurch Dilemmas on a 2017 mid-winter tour of the central city scene.
After rising 6m out of the sea in some places we went to find out how the the marine life is doing after the Kaikoura quake.
Who's taken up the challenge of repairing the road and will SH1 be open by Christmas?
A stunning aerial tour of the Port Hills with park ranger, Di Carter.
A nationwide mental health study has identified young people are suffering the most in Christchurch's east..
Created by artist Peter Majendie, the installation was meant to be temporary. Five years on a decision must be made - stay or go?
Is this an exciting new era in education, or a social experiment?
Bowl it over, or build it back up? Remove or restore? Six years on, the fate of Christchurch Cathedral is dividing the city.
There’s talk of gondolas, laneways, and hidden streams. Can anyone deliver on our dreams for this much-loved public space?
The latest plan to revitalise the seaside suburb is revealed - what do the people think?
How easy is it to buy, to fix, to sell a damaged, or even condemned house?
We talk to three small business owners about the central city and their place in it.
Are we spending it wisely?
How do we involve the people?
How can we make it affordable?
Is it what we dreamed of?
Do we have a crisis?
What is its future?
Christchurch from the Streets learns of the futures of the land, the built environment and the people of Christchurch.
Christchurch from the Streets talks with an architect, a developer, a real estate agent, a resident and a small business man about the future of the city centre.
Many of the children of the city today cannot remember a world before the earthquakes.
Despite the huge loss of studios and exhibition spaces, the arts are flourishing and becoming instrumental in the recovery of the city.
Four years after the first earthquake, Christchurch from the Streets asks how the earthquakes have shaped the city.
In the final episode of the season Jim Lundy travels to New Orleans, San Francisco and Portland and finds out what has worked well in each of those iconic cities before presenting some new ideas for Christchurch.
In this episode we visit Lyttelton, talk cycleways in the city and visit Smash Palace.
Roger Sutton takes us down the Avon River and talks about his vision vision for the river, we go on an Otākaro city walk and then explore the Red Zone.
Roger Sutton takes us on a tour through the city and explains C.E.R.A’s Blueprint vision. We visit C1 café, the 185 chairs and talk one-way streets with business owners. Before talking about ReKindle with Juliet Arnott.
In this episode we take a tour of New Brighton, Brooklands and Kaiapoi as each suburb has a unique set of challenges to overcome.
Christchurch from the Streets talk with Shane the baker, St Paul's School, and the Delta Community Trust about dealing with the aftermath of the Canterbury Earthquakes.