Our town on screen
by Andy Bryenton
This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday observant locals visiting Dargaville may have noticed a film crew and a team of international television hosts visiting some of our local landmarks. It’s all part of a plan to help visitors from foreign lands experience the quirky, interesting and off-the-beaten-track sights of New Zealand.
Alina from Russia, Mai from China and Terenzo from Korea, are on the road seeking out what makes small-town Aotearoa different and exciting. Before reaching the Kauri Coast, they had already visited Kaitaia, Kerikeri and the Far North, and will go on from here to hit the beach at Waipu Cove. While in town the cast and crew of this documentary, which will be broadcast not just overseas but also here in New Zealand on three specialist foreign-language channels via Freeview, stayed at the historic Northern Wairoa Hotel. They admired the renovations, which have restored this colonial-era landmark before also talking to the folks at some local stores, such as Jon Matich Surfwear, Snazzi Gifts and Moran’s Books about local history, good travel gift ideas and more.
With tourism, a huge driver of economic success and a major focus for the development and appreciation of our region being put in the spotlight this way is sure to be good for Dargaville’s profile, both here and overseas. As more and more students choose to come to New Zealand for their tertiary studies, inviting them to leave the city for a weekend break or two makes good sense. Terenzo, Mai, Alina and their production team are helping make it happen. We wish them a safe and pleasant journey through the rest of New Zealand.