Clarence Slockee explores a Grevillea garden, Millie Ross shares companion planting tips, Costa Georgiadis visits a creative small garden, Jane Edmanson explores a seaside garden and Tino Carnevale shares his gardening story.
Could a remote island chain in Polynesia be remnants of the lost continent of Hiva, which is believed to have sunk after a great disaster?
The Otago Coast is a formidable place to live. Cold winds and waves roll in from Antarctica battering the wildlife, flora and people - so much so that they are all shaped by their environment, often bending, but seldom broken. On this journey Neil visits the Royal Albatross as they return home from their eternal wanderings and meet their unofficial godfather. Riria Hotere discovers that while New Zealand's human story is brief, every once and a while a secret to its past is unearthed. Geologist Hamish Campbell realises there is nothing too solid about the planet we live on as he finds out erosion is causing our heritage to slip into the ocean. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter goes diving and finds a unique recycling project dating from the glory days of New Zealand's biggest shipping company. And Neil find out about the tragic history of past seafaring days along the Catlins coast where the wild weather often forced captains to play a game of Russian roulette with their lives and that of their crews.
Sophie Thomson creates a lizard friendly habitat, Tino Carnevale plants celery, Josh Byrne meets carnivorous plants native to WA, Costa Georgiadis drops into a kitchen garden in Kakadu and we meet a eucalypt aficionado.
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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.
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.
They say to know the top of the South Island is to know New Zealand. The region's warm, sandy seaboard is more typical of the North Island while the maze of hills and mountains, which are split by the Alpine Fault, belong unmistakably to the South Island. You could say it's where the North meets the South. On tonight's fascinating journey, Neil uncovers an invasion that ruffled more than a few feathers in the Abel Tasman National Park. He also discovers the incredible story of one woman's vision to return the park back to how it sounded before the arrival of mankind. Marine archaeologist Matt Carter goes in search of a disaster from the Cold War era in the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound. We meet a hippy invader and learn more about a tumultuous chapter in local history that divided a community in the 1970s. We go in search of reasons why whales strand themselves on the treacherous, sandy sickle of Farewell Spit, and discover why people feel such an affinity with these mysterious leviathans. And Neil treads the timbers of an ancient ship to discover its many stories from European history to New Zealand's colonial past.
Sophie Thomson gets a visit from a butterfly expert, Costa Georgiadis and Millie Ross travels to west Arnhem land, Josh Byrne dives into a seagrass revegetation project and Jerry Coleby-Williams talks Cat's claw creepers.
On this episode, Neil gets his first glimpse ever of a live volcano with its lunar landscape, steaming vents and bubbling mud pools and discovers the sombre story behind the failed attempts of sulphur mining. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter discovers a tale of tragedy, treasure and treachery down on Mahia Peninsula. Geologist Hamish Campbell digs for new science and examines why the East Cape is the hotspot to study a great unknown - how to predict earthquakes and tsunamis. Marine Biologist Jacky Geurts hunts down apostles from Gisborne's Age of Aquarius. Riria Hotere steps out of her comfort zone and into the wonderful world of bees to find out the difference between a five-dollar pot of honey and a $150 pot of honey. And Neil reflects on the sublime joys of the wild and wonderful in the clear waters of Tatapouri Bay, by partaking in a thrilling stingray feeding routine.
Costa Georgiadis gets an expert's top turf tips, Sophie Thomson visits a garden designed for time-poor gardeners, Paul West cooks up a storm in a school kitchen garden, and we meet a collage artist with a passion for nature.
Join us on an extraordinary journey, that will explore the technological and scientific struggle for the survival of Venice, a survival that has been in doubt from its very construction. The sea level in Venice has increased drastically in the last century or so, threatening the very existence of the city. Global warming and the harmful effects of tourism have amplified the phenomenon of acqua alta (sudden rise in sea level), rendering the traditional responses of inhabitants obsolete. It is urgent to act today. Projects conceived in laboratories across the globe are joining forces to save the city. These include RAMSES, a 3D modelisation of the lagoon produced using lasers, which analyses rises in water level; and MOSE, a series of movable dams costing over 4 billion euros, intended to block the sea in case of acqua alta.
Costa Georgiadis rescues some sick-looking indoor plants, Jane Edmanson discovers the many benefits of salvias, Millie Ross shows how to keep worms happy, and we meet our new guest presenter, permaculturist Hannah Maloney.
The team celebrates the show's 30th birthday in one of Australia's most iconic gardens, on the Mornington Peninsula, to celebrate the colour, characters and compost that make Australian gardening great.
The return of the stunningly shot series that takes you on an epic voyage of discovery of people and places through New Zealand. The enthusiastic team of presenter Neil Oliver and six New Zealand experts in marine biology, history and social history explore the panoramic beauty of the coastline while investigating the formation and evolution of the nation: its history, its people, and its culture. The third series kicks off in Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city. Neil Oliver visits living Moriori artefacts and Michael Stevens hears about the day the Germans infiltrated the islands' waters during World War II. The team explore the natural wonders of the Bay of Plenty, and reveal seaside stories from locations including the white-stone city of Oamaru and the Northland region of Kaipura. In a Coast New Zealand first, adventurer Dave Murray lands his plane on remote Big Bay in South Westland.
Legendary skateboarder Rick McCrank goes on a journey exploring abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out. Abandoned pays tribute to these modern-day ruins, seemingly lost and forgotten, but not by everyone. In this episode, Rick is in north-eastern Ohio, the mecca of abandoned shopping malls. Rick visits these crumbling capitalist cathedrals to explore the aftermath with their most loyal customers.
Sophie Thomson meets a city gardener leading the good life, Jane Edmanson visits a floral haven in the hills, Jerry Coleby-Williams is on St Helena island and Costa Georgiadis explores a garden created for kids to go wild.
The warm subtropical top of the North Island is famed for its beauty and history. Nowhere in New Zealand is land entangled more vividly with the sea than around the beautiful but sometimes wild Far North peninsula. In this episode Neil discovers a remarkable feature of a six-bedroom waterfront mansion previously owned by Terry Clark of the 'Mr Asia' drug syndicate fame. Riria Hotere takes aim at the musket wars to discover the legend of New Zealand's first arms race. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter investigates a ship that was built for war but died for life 30m underwater. And Neil drops anchor at a picturesque inlet with a gruesome history that could have seen New Zealand being the new South of France.
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