NHNZ’s (Natural History New Zealand’s) second round of blue-chip wildlife series Our Big Blue Backyard swings into production this month, promising even more awe-inspiring moments from New Zealand’s extraordinary marine environments.
For the six new “backyards”, the production crew are venturing further afield to the Kermadec Islands, 1000 nautical miles north east of the north island; White Island; the Chatham Islands; Banks Peninsula; Fiordland; and two of New Zealand’s Sub Antarctic islands – Campbell and Antipodes.
Underwater and topside camera crews will once again reveal the daily dramas, challenges and triumphs of the extraordinary marine animals living in these neighbourhoods. Hero characters this time will include mako sharks, marlin, longfin eels, Hector’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, seven-gill sharks, yellow-eyed and Fiordland crested penguins, southern royal albatross, NZ sea lions and elephant seals.
Executive Producer Judith Curran says the team couldn’t wait to get back into researching and filming for season two.
“The response to the first season was outstanding, with so much positive feedback from viewers of all ages. It was as if many Kiwis fell in love with their ocean environment all over again.”
“For the second season we will be undertaking some major expeditions, with considerable assistance from DOC, as we explore New Zealand’s much bigger blue backyard, taking viewers from the sub-tropical to the sub-Antarctic.”
Funded by New Zealand on Air’s Platinum Fund, Our Big Blue Backyard season #2 is slated to air on TV One in the 2nd half of 2016.
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