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We’re NHNZ, 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.
NHNZ continues to build on its strong foundations with a growing and diverse slate, working with multiple broadcast partners across multiple projects from classic natural history through to obs doc series and archive driven content. Working mainly with the US and Asian markets, we have established ourselves as a leader in international co-productions – helping to bring partners together from all over the globe.
As a one-stop shop, NHNZ has 80 highly-skilled filmmakers, craftspeople and researchers plus a dedicated group of technicians. With an in-house archive library, NHNZ Moving Images and a dedicated archive production unit NHNZ continues to push the boundaries of imagination in wildlife programming.
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Mysterious Planet (5 x1 hr)
Mysterious Planet is an epic journey to the ends of the earth to unlock the greatest mysteries behind the world’s most incredible species. Five extraordinary hotspots, five unique mysteries and a new cast of charismatic creatures in each location... What makes these places so special? How did they shape the creatures that live there?
The answers lie in the geological forces that shape our planet: the crash of continents that is still going on today, the explosive power of volcanoes...the catastrophic event that destroyed the dinosaurs. From the lush forests of Indonesia to the arid Andean deserts, from the Caribbean to the highlands of Ethiopia, each episode takes us on an adventure through time and space to reveal how these animals came to be...and why they exist only in these exceptional places on our planet.
They are nature’s greatest wild locations and their secrets reveal a planet more beautiful and more bizarre than we could ever imagine....
Wildlife Rescue (5 x 1 hr)
In Wildlife Rescue, we go behind the scenes to follow the dedicated people safeguarding New Zealand’s native species through rescue, rehabilitation and research. Set in the country’s wildlife ‘capital’ Dunedin, we’re right there when the most dramatic animal stories unfold. The Wildlife Hospital Dunedin, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Penguin Place and the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust teams rise to every challenge. From the smallest penguin to the largest sea lion, or the rare takahē to the common tui; each animal counts. Take an intimate look at what it takes to save a wild life.
Orangutan Jungle School - Series Two (10x 1)
Equator’s Wild Secrets (6 x 1 hr)
Life along the equator is spectacularly diverse. More than half of the world’s species live here. Equator's Wild Secrets is a 6 part archive series about Equator’s wildest and most diverse ecosystems - the Amazon, the Andes, the Galapagos Islands, Borneo and Sumatra, Africa, and the Coral Sea.
Wonders of the Ocean (2 x 1 hr)
The Pacific is the largest, deepest ocean on our planet. It encompasses the most extreme range of environments nature has to offer, from deep ocean trenches to undersea volcanoes; tropical lagoons to wave-tossed sub-Antarctic waters. It’s also home to more islands than any other place on earth, which range from coconut lined atolls to barren volcanic rocks and Jurassic remnants of a drowned continent. The most remarkable thing about the Pacific is that life has managed to gain a foothold in all these environments. Unique and often bizarre creatures have adapted below and above the waves to make the most of every situation. This series showcases the many incredible creatures that have evolved to call the Pacific home.
Big Pacific (5 x 1 hr)
As the Earth spins, there’s a point where all we can see is the Pacific Ocean: it holds half of our world’s water, and hides the deepest place on our planet. 75 percent of Earth’s volcanoes surround the Pacific, even though it stretches from Pole to Pole. It’s greater than all Earth’s land combined, and home to beasts beyond our dreams – and our nightmares. In this groundbreaking series, the world’s best cinematographers and researchers will capture its most guarded secrets to share with viewers everywhere.
Orangutan Jungle School - Series One (10 x 1 hr)
In Indonesian Borneo, at the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation project in the world, orangutan orphans progress through a unique Jungle School system. With their rainforest habitat being destroyed by logging at an alarming rate there are over 600 students at Nyaru Menteng and this series follows the real life, day to day struggles, triumphs and dramas of a number of hero characters in each stage of Jungle School. They all have distinct personalities and like human children some are more affected by their traumatic past than others which mean they all have different trajectories of learning. Some will make it through the system - while others might not.
The stakes are super high for all these orangutan orphans.
Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes (1 x 1 hr)
Jackie Chan is joining forces with incredible technological innovator, Arthur Huang. Together, they have invented the world’s first fully mobile plastics recycling machine - The Trashpresso. Now, they’re on a mission to test it in one of the harshest environments in the world – the Tibetan Plateau. It will push the technology past breaking point and challenge the inventors’ bodies and minds. But that’s what it takes to be a green hero in the war against the world’s growing trash problem.