Sunday 18 May

Sunday 18 May, 7.00pm

Kiwi favourite Mucking In is back with new episodes rewarding people who do amazing things for their communities.

Host Jim Mora and garden designer Tony Murrell travel all over the country with the Mucking In team to surprise this year’s unsuspecting recipients with a garden makeover.
The series starts in Hokitika, where Jim Mora and the team surprise Mike Keenan, the man behind the iconic Hokitika Wild Food Festival. While Keenan’s day job is the organiser of the festival, he does a lot more work than he’s paid for – he has given up his garage so a local group can use it as a gym. He works with the Hokitika Activities Centre, securing a new work centre location for adults with disabilities. He’s also an integral part of the Woodstock Heritage Trail, sourcing and planting native trees – something he never has time to do at his own place.

Keenan has been described by his nominator, Helen Gillespie, as Hokitika’s very own ‘Energizer Bunny’, so Tony Murrell faces a big challenge designing a garden that reflects Mike’s huge, vibrant personality.

Although Mucking In is in its ninth series, producer Julia Leonard says there is still no shortage of candidates for the show. “There’s never a danger of running out of recipients for Mucking In – we get so many fantastic nominations, it’s always very hard to narrow it down.”

Leonard says that once again the recipients come from all over New Zealand. “We make a point of choosing recipients from all over the country. Every Mucking In recipient is surrounded by a wonderful sense of community, but we do find that the smaller the town, the bigger the heart!”

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