islands of the gulf

Islands of the Gulf is a new TV show on TV 1 thats shows off the amazing islands that we have in the Hauraki Gulf. Nic Mead, owner and operator of Auckland Sea Kayaks was on the show to show off our backyard and office. He’s super passionate about the Hauraki gulf and it was a pleasure to have Elisabeth with Auckland Sea Kayaks for the day.

The show, ‘Islands of the Gulf” is hosted by Elisabeth Easther as she looks at how life on the islands of the Hauraki Gulf has changed since her mother Shirley Maddock visited them in 1964.

Auckland Sea Kayaks is featued in eposde 2. Here Elisabeth Easther explores the history of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, from Governor Grey’s mansion on Kawau, to early Maori farms on Motutapu, kayaks to Rangitoto and to a Tiritiri Matangi lighthouse built in the 1860s.

Islands of the Gulf Nic Mead



New Zealand’s first-ever locally produced documentary series, Islands of the Gulf, is being remade 52 years later. 

Islands of the Gulf was originally produced in 1964 by broadcaster Shirley Maddock and photographer Don Whyte for what is now TVNZ.

NZ on Air, or the Broadcasting Commission said Islands of the Gulf was New Zealand’s first-ever locally produced documentary series.

Now, 52 years later, Maddock’s daughter Elisabeth Easther will host a TVNZ remake of the series, which is scheduled to air on TVNZ in early 2018.

Easther meets locals and finds out what has changed in the intervening decades.

In 1964 Maddock explored the Hauraki Gulf by boat, in Landrovers, on foot and by seaplane whilst documenting her journey at a time when the way of life on the islands was a resourceful one, largely cut-off from the outside world.  

She explored islands including Tiritiri Matangi, Kawau, Rakino, Motutapu, Motuihe, Rangitoto, Ponui and Waiheke, and interviewed everyone from farmers to gumdiggers and from rangers to nurses.

Maddock was New Zealand’s first-ever female television producer and was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999 for services to radio and television broadcasting.

Maddock passed away in October 2001 when she was 72 years old.