The small town of Wairoa has been on struggle street for decades but a recent influx of new energy and idea suggests things could be about to take off. Beyond The Beehive asks locals what they'd do if they had a million bucks to spend in the local community.
Beyond The Beehive heads to the East Coast and gets the lowdown from Labour candidate Kiritapu Allan in Whakatane before winding our way to Gisborne to ask the youth what issues matter to them.
Tauranga is a certified boom town, but with that rapid growth comes greater pressures. The flash cars and beach front apartment buildings of Mount Maunganui are offset by housing issues for those at the less well off and a growing divide between the haves and the have nots. Beyond The Beehive asks some locals how they feel about their town's growing pains.
Beyond The Beehive tackles the beast that is Auckland checking out the Saturday markets in Parnell and Otara; pounding the streets of Pakuranga with National's youngest 2017 candidate, Simeon Brown; eating chicken at a National Party rally in Manurewa and soaking up the Jacindamania in a packed Auckland town hall.
The third day of shooting Beyond The Beehive and we've made it to the relatively wealthy Hibiscus Coast, an hour or so north of Auckland, where we ask whether the traditionally National voting populace is still "true blue".
The first episode of Beyond The Beehive. After starting the day at Cape Reinga reporter Max Towle and I made our way through New Zealand's most northern region, stopping in at Kaitaia to ask the locals if they felt that Wellington was paying them any attention.
Video in session at RNZ with the soulful vocals of Wellington's talented Louis Baker.