New Zealand's largest city is also the most coastal city in the country. It has hundreds of kilometres of coastlines and its many bays, inlets and creeks mean that most Aucklander's live within 5km of the sea. But few cities in the world also have a stronger claim to the title 'City of Volcanoes'. Over 50 have erupted within 20km of the central city. On this journey Neil steps onto the site of Auckland's biggest volcanic eruption and finds an archaeologist's dream. Could this be New Zealand's very own Pompeii? Geologist Hamish Campbell is digging in to investigate a project that baffled some of the world's smartest engineers and proves too many cooks, or in this case, experts, spoil the broth. Kamikaze surfers, Big Brother and the mice that roared. We find out how New Zealand's battle to become nuclear-free gripped the nation and rippled around the world. Marine biologist Jacky Guerts discovers a battle blooming under Auckland's Waitemata Harbour after unwanted marine hitchhikers have found their way across the ocean on boat hulls. And Neil goes paddling on the beach, Piha style.
Jerry Coleby-Williams visits a bushland botanic gardens, Millie Ross looks at climbing plants, Tino Carnevale shares tool tips, Josh Byrne explores an inspiring revegetation project and we meet a passionate frog expert.
What inspired some people to move to Australia in the 1960s and what challenges did they face here? Watch Working Class Boy and then test your knowledge of Jimmy Barnes' compelling story of his family's migration experience.
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