NEIGHBOURHOOD TV SERIES - 17th April 2012
Neighbourhood is the brand new 35 part television series coming to TVNZ this April that explores and celebrates New Zealand’s cultural diversity in a fresh and engaging way.
This new series aims to take the viewer on a personal and eclectic journey of New Zealand’s cultural landscape through the eyes of the diverse ethnic minorities that live here.
Every week the episode is based in a different neighbourhood and explores four strands that look at creativity, food, politics, and treasure from a cultural perspective unique to that neighbourhood.
Breaking out of the traditional presenter role, and to reflect New Zealand’s diversity, Neighbourhood is being curated by a different, well known, New Zealander each week who has a special tie with the area and their own unique cultural story to tell. Curators include Josh Kronfeld, Megan Alitini, Oscar Kightley, Paolo Rotondo, Nadia Lim and many more notable New Zealanders.
Created and produced by Satellite Media and funded by New Zealand On Air, the series is being shot over 2012 in a distinct documentary style to allow the varied contributors to tell their own stories in the first person.
Neighbourhood. A ground breaking series about community diversity that is relevant to all New Zealanders.
Episode One – Newtown – TX Sunday 29th April @ 1100am on TV One
This week on Neighbourhood, musician King Kapisi (aka Bill Urale) returns to his childhood stomping ground – Wellington’s vibrant inner-city hub – Newtown.
We share in the local Greek community’s unique Easter celebrations, and meet a woman who is regularly called upon to perform ritual cleansing for her Muslim neighbours. Things get hot and heavy at Sam Manzanza’s annual Africa Music Day festival and we discover how a Mexican-born Newtown resident references a precious gift from her grandmother in her contemporary artworks.