Top 5 NZ Documentaries

Looking for some of the best documentaries that New Zealand has made over the years? Check out these 5 to find out all that you can about what goes about in the beautiful heaven on earth that is New Zealand.


Capital in the Twenty First Century is a documentary based on Thomas Piketty’s International Bestseller book of the same name. It talks about the wealth, its distribution and who gets what in their fair share. It is an amazing narrative that will not fail to captivate its audience and force them into thinking deeply about the use and abuse of capital in current times.

Bill Sevesi’s Dream

An Artsville TV documentary, this one was directed by Ying Ly and talks about the history of the ukulele. It starts with the ‘godfather of Polynesian music’, Bill Sevesi. It has been presented by Gemma Gracewood of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

Sense of Place: Robin Morrison, Photographer

Directed by John Bates, the story recounts the life and work of famous photographer Robin Morrison, who was able to show the people of the world what New Zealand is all about. From its people to landscapes, lives to dreams, this photographer and his life holds special significance for New Zealand.

The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

The Chills is basically about Martin Phillipps and his band The Chills, famous musicians of their time. It is a harrowing tale of what music does to people and how it affects the lives of everyone who comes in contact with it. The Chills is all about how tragedy can be turned into victory.

Maui’s Hook

This feature is a drama documentary that talks about how suicide can break families and what it is like struggling with the loss of a loved one. It is particularly poignant in its narrative.