Inside New Zealand

Thursday, June 26th at 9:30pm

Pam Corkery’s eye-opening look into our country’s gang culture continues with an in-depth investigation into the drug P. Find out how it is changing these gangsters from small-time hoods to corporate enterprises when Inside New Zealand: The Gangs (Part Two) screens on Thursday, June 26th at 9:30pm on 3.

“Everything changed with P,” says Corkery. “With gangs gradually working together there’s millions, maybe billions to be made from the drug.”

Corkery spent 18 months of her life immersed in some of New Zealand’s most notorious and feared gangs, putting herself in many dangerous situations. Perhaps none were more dangerous, however, than filming an operating P-lab and interviewing a very nervous P cook.

This documentary not only shows us the extent of New Zealand’s P problem, but also the battle faced by customs trying to intercept the imports of P and P ingredients. More than a million containers come through the ports each year, and it is impossible to x-ray each one.

Inside New Zealand: The Gangs (Part Two) also looks into the growing issue of New Zealand’s up-and-coming youth gangs.

“There were the late nights spent with machete-wielding, LA-style youth gangs,” says director Laurie Clarke. “Talking to them one-on-one most of them were pleasant, friendly young men, but that all changed when we went out on the streets with them and their gang mates.”

It’s not just society struggling to deal with the youth gangs. They are a headache for the so-called established gangs as well, and meetings are shown with gang bosses trying to find a solution.

“The meetings smacked of hypocrisy, with elders saying they were gang members but they didn’t want the young ones to be,” says Corkery. “Some people are making genuine efforts to stem the rise of the youth gangs but they are at the coal face. They know the reality of the problem as opposed to the current, unworkable suggestions being put forward.”

As this two-part documentary wraps up, we will also look at the future of gangs in our country. Are they with us forever? And in what shape and form as they become increasingly secretive, organised and technology savvy?

“It’s not called the ‘underworld’ for nothing,” says Corkery. “There could be gang activity happening in your street, right now, and you’d be none the wiser.”

Clarke agrees, stating, “With programmes like these it’s all too easy to adopt the shock horror approach and never offer any solutions. We’ve discovered there are people in this country with intelligent solutions to the gang problem – they’re just not being heard.”

So what can be done? And what part do these gangs play in our future if we do nothing? Find out when Inside New Zealand: The Gangs wraps up on Thursday, June 26th at 9:30pm on 3.

Thursday 19 June 2008 at 09:30pm on TV3

Inside New Zealand: The Gangs is a two-part look inside the gang culture and their place in society. Journalist Pam Corkery spent 18 months of her life getting in amongst New Zealand’s biggest and most feared gangs, and her unprecedented access is brought to you in this eye-opening documentary.

Part One: Prepare to be enlightened as we meet the men in charge of New Zealand’s most notorious gangs, find out how the gangs affect your day-to-day life without you even realising it, and take a look inside our prison system – just how easy is it to corrupt prison guards? Plus, meet people who use the gangs to do their legitimate business.

Thursday, June 19th at 9:30pm

This is the documentary many New Zealanders will be shocked to see. Gang members are not just the patch wearing, tattoo covered people you cross the road to avoid. They are a big part of society, and are far more involved in the activities surrounding your day-to-day life than you might think.

Inside New Zealand: The Gangs is a two-part look inside the gang culture and their place in our society, beginning Thursday, June 19th at 9:30pm on 3. Journalist Pam Corkery spent 18 months of her life getting in amongst New Zealand’s biggest and most feared gangs, and her unprecedented access is brought to you in this eye-opening documentary.

The Gangs – Part One goes behind the headlines and introduces the actual gang leaders – men who have never agreed to be on television before. Prepare yourself to be face to face with the real men in charge of some of the country’s most notorious gangs; gangs that affect your everyday life without you even knowing it.

“We wanted to reveal the actual level of New Zealand’s gang problem – to speak to leaders who could impart unprecedented insight into the culture of the gang world,” says producer/ director Laurie Clarke.

From minor crimes to gang infiltration into government departments, this first episode will also explore the unbelievable range of gang activities throughout New Zealand. “It’s nothing less than astonishing,” says Clarke.

We will meet non-criminal citizens who use the gangs to do legitimate work (backed by the not-so-legitimate inferences of their fear factor), and criminals who pay the gangs “taxes” so that they can work within the jealously guarded gang territories.

We will also meet prospective members, whose life ambitions are to become fully patched gang members, and explore the psyche behind gang violence. Is it always when used only when necessary, or is it sometimes just a brutal form of fun?

Plus, we go deep inside the only maximum security wing at Auckland Prison, better known as Paremoremo, to see what kind of criminal activity takes place, business-as-usual, inside its walls, and to find out how successful inmates can be in corrupting prison staff.

“Another revelation is the range of gang infiltration into the prison service,” says Clarke. “People just don’t realise the extent of the gang networks.”

Sometimes terrifying, Corkery and her camera crew find themselves in tricky situations during this documentary. From gangsters making threats and throwing things at them under a darkened bridge in the middle of the night, to drug dealers wielding handguns during meetings, some of the circumstances under which these interviews took place are nothing short of life-threatening.

Prepare to be enlightened as the first part of the powerful and shocking documentary Inside New Zealand: The Gangs screens on Thursday, June 19th at 9:30pm on 3.

Did you watch incredible continued documentary Transforming Keegan last night on TV3?

People all over the country have been deeply moved by the courage of the Maley family and have been leaving their messages of love and support to the family here. We have been in touch with Michelle who has been reading them all – so feel free to add your messages too.

If you wish to donate to the family’s trust fund for Keegan, the account details are K Maley 01 0370 0141150 00 ANZ.


Thursday, September 27th at 8:30pm

Keegan Maley is five years old and is unrecognisable from the baby that attracted so much attention several years ago.

His first two years were the subject of a documentary that screened in 2004.

Now, three years later Transforming Keegan, part-one of a two-part documentary, screening Thursday, September 27th at 8:30pm on 3, follows up Keegan’s progress.

In the womb, several of Keegan’s skull plates had fused prematurely and his growing brain forced the unfused plates at the front of his head upwards giving him a large cone shaped head when he was born.

Keegan looked very unusual and his family were subjected to cruel taunts from the public.

Transforming Keegan begins when Keegan is two and a half and facing his third skull reconstruction. Although he has reached some infant milestones, his parents were warned not to place too much hope in him reaching goals like sitting up and walking.

Keegan is still struggling with his breathing, eating and sleeping are also difficult for him, he is also developmentally delayed.

Transforming Keegan follows Keegan through the next three years of his life and through radical surgeries that eventually, at five and half years old will almost complete the process of transforming him. It is as much about the testing of a family and the force of life that exists in a child as it is about the medical processes that have shaped Keegan’s early years.

“Sharing the lives of this remarkable family over the last three and a half years has been an incredible privilege. The strength of their love has been a constant force through the hardship of surgeries and the tough times Keegan has faced, being different in the world. Keegan’s ability to make the bad times good, to me makes him one of New Zealand’s most courageous five year olds,” says Director Kate Cresswell

Don’t miss the first part of this heart warming story premiering, Thursday, September 27th at 8:30pm on 3.



Extreme rules of survival on the highest mountain in the world

Thursday, June 21st at 8:30pm

In a dramatic re-enactment Inside New Zealand: Dying For Everest investigates what really happened when Kiwi mountaineers Mark Inglis and Mark Whetu found a dying climber near the summit of Everest, screening Thursday, June 21st at 8:30pm.

For the first time, Mark Inglis (a double amputee with no legs) reveals the full controversial story of when a group of New Zealand mountaineers were faced with the inhumane decision to leave a dying man at the summit.

Never before have the generations of mountaineers changing attitudes to Everest summit fever been more clearly revealed than after this controversial incident.

Speaking for a past generation of mountaineers, Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Everest, was appalled no-one stopped to rescue a seriously ill man.

But Inglis defends himself against Hillary’s implied criticism, claiming that when you’re on Everest, everything is extreme, including the rules of survival.

So who is right? How can this reality be reconciled with personal and cultural morality? And how does Inglis defends himself against the legendary Hillary?

Hear compelling stories from the men who were there, view the amazing re-enacted footage of their Everest climb, and witness the strange and powerful effect Everest has on human nature.

Tune into this week’s extraordinary Inside New Zealand: Dying For Everest, screening Thursday, June 21st at 8:30pm.


The troopers complete final tests before overseas deployment
Thursday, June 14th at 8:30pm

The Troopers are reaching the end of their training programme and are hungry for combat experience that makes them real SAS soldiers in the final part of Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals, screening Thursday, June 14th at 8:30pm.

The basic infiltration skills that were mastered in their first nine months of training must now be carefully honed and specialised.

Each of the five Troopers will be allotted to one of three environmentally specialised troops – one goes to Amphibious Troop to polish his infiltration skills in the water in Auckland’s busy commercial port.

They must attack a ferry posing as an enemy ship; gaining access to it undetected and seizing the ship’s bridge.

Three men go to Air Troop where they must master the art of freefall and hone their parachuting skills. Once acquired, this technique is used to exit a Hercules at 1200ft and the Troopers have to navigate across the sky laden with a full pack to a precise landing point somewhere below them.

Finally, one man goes to Mountain Troop where they concentrate on infiltration above the snow line and over alpine terrain. The Troopers are forced to make camp as the weather closes in.

As the situation worsens they dig an ice cave for extra protection and move into survival mode, which is a real baptism of endurance.

For three days they lie low waiting for a break in the white out and the opportunity to march on to meet their food drop; a two day march away.

Then, a final ‘live firing rehearsal’ gives the Troopers the opportunity to undertake an exercise that mimics operational conditions with experienced Troopers.

Their mission is to destroy an enemy weapons site in terrain that resembles Afghanistan. A helicopter insertion under the cover of night drops them 15km from their target and they must track across enemy country to their mission objective.

For the first time there is an enemy lurking that they will encounter at some stage, but they don’t know when, and with live rounds loaded they’re ready for action.

Will the New Zealand government deem these five Troopers good enough to become real NZSAS Soldiers? Tune in to Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals, Part Four to find out on Thursday, June 14th at 8:30pm.

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NZSAS Counter-Terrorism training
Thursday, June 7th at 8:30pm

The squadron learn the essential skills of modern-day post-9/11 warfare, where even New Zealand could become the battleground, in the third part of Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals, screening Thursday, June 7th at 8:30pm.

The new Unit members are dispersed amongst ‘A’ squadron where they will work amongst experienced SAS soldiers.

They now take on personal responsibility for their actions in a more informal learning environment, where they must accept their position at the bottom of the Unit and work to become an accepted and trusted part of the family and team.

The events of September 11th 2001 changed the format of conflict in the world, and necessitated a change in climate and tactics for the SAS.

Small, highly trained patrols are essential in the new world of covert terrorist operations. Anti- terrorism and counter-terrorism training are an integral part of the preparation for overseas deployment.

Weaponry training becomes an art form, and there is a new dimension placed on the training and drills of the Squadron when they don full body armour and gas-masks.

They must perform to the same level with the same degree of accuracy despite the restricted movement and vision that the kit produces.

They are trained in chemical, biological and radiological threats and must undergo real exposure to a painful but not lethal chemical gas to drive home the real nature of these weapons.

All the time the soldiers are honing their skills, awareness and reactions and are tested in various counter terrorism exercises such as neutralising hostage situations.

However, the SAS have no licence to kill and are governed by the same domestic and international laws as us all.

The soldiers also learn from real life situations such as the British SAS’s role in the Iranian embassy siege of 1980. This is the basis for their method of entry training that tests skills in a new built-up environment.

They take part in a final challenge of training known as ‘Black Role’ – a very real assault in the urban high-rise situation in downtown Auckland.

Unbeknownst to its residents, the SAS swarm from a helicopter insertion 300 metres above street level to secure a building, and scale undetected down it to rescue a group of hostages.

They’re training is one step off real life and death, and there is no margin for error in Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals, Part Three screening Thursday, June 7th at 8:30pm.

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An Insatiable Hunger is currently in pre-production by the Gibson Group for Inside New Zealand (TV3).

It tells the story of four young Kiwis coping with the challenges of a rare medical condition, Prader Willi Syndrome. Caused by a random genetic defect, the condition is characterised by the triple whammy of an insatiable appetite, slow metabolism and low muscle tone. Without strict management, sufferers could literally eat themselves to death while their brains continue to tell them that they are starving.

The harsh and unrelenting nine month basic training
Thursday, May 31st at 8:30pm

Part two o f Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals looks at the next phase of training for the so-far successful recruits’ pursuit to become a fully badged member of the NZSAS Unit, screening Thursday, May 31st at 8:30pm on 3.

This four-part exclusive documentary series gives an insight into the inner workings of this country’s most famous fighting elite – the top 1% of the New Zealand Defence Force – better know as the NZSAS.

Part two gives the eight that have so far been selected a sneak preview of life in the Unit through a training programme which is harsh and unrelenting.

The training programme is a combination of book learning and extreme physical training, and builds disciplines such as navigation, weaponry, medical and demolitions.

At each stage if a recruit’s performance is not up to scratch he is removed from the Cycle. Some of the Cycle tests include:

Infiltration: The means by which the soldiers are inserted behind enemy lines, practising air infiltration by means of parachute, tackling the rough seas cliff in a small boat, scaling a cliff face and arriving by helicopter.

The next phase is a brutal six-month winter field exercise on the rugged North Island central plateau. The recruits must learn to operate as a patrol and blend with their landscape being taught tracking and ambush techniques by expert Unit Veterans.

The final great test of Cycle is ‘The Great Escape’. The recruits under-take a five day mission to collect and deliver intelligence to a rendezvous point 160kms away, chased by a much larger “Hunter Force”, which includes helicopters and tracker dogs.

Tune in to the intriguing world-exclusive look into the recruitment and training procedures of the country’s most famous fighting elite in Inside New Zealand: NZSAS: First Among Equals, screening Thursday, May 31st at 8:30pm on 3.

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