The great Kiwi tribe is a tremendous mix of cultures, each bringing their own unique personality and character to the national blend. The settlers have brought us much of what we hold dear from Earl Grey to olive oil, sheep dogs to fish and chips, scones to war heroes.
In Here To Stay six well known Kiwis explore the idealism, sense of humour and 'can do' attitude their own pioneering people have brought to these shores. Was there a laugh, a song or a national obsession to be had from the Germans, Chinese, English, Scots, Dalmatians or the Irish?
Travelling the country in search of their own ethnic roots, comedian Ewen Gilmour, entertainer Jackie Clark, rugby legend Frano Botica, reporter/director Bernadine Lim, and actors Michael Hurst and Theresa Healey, take a revealing and entertaining look at what it means to be a Kiwi.
The oddly blended Scottish Samoan Jackie Clarke talks whisky, frugality and emancipation with the PM, Don McGlashan and the leader of New Zealand's Official Russian Army. From the high country to the city of sails. New Zealand is as Scottish as they come.
Westie comedian Ewen Filmour finds out that his grand-folks were as Bohemian as he is, and that there is a reason why Kiwis are so fond of war, and that beer and sausage combination. Not to mention an explanation for our dry sense of humour.
Working class lad, actor / director Michael Hurst discovers how many things we have to thank (and blame) the English for. He explores exactly why we drove Minis, not Citroens, prefer rugby and fish and chips, and don't like underarm deodorant.
Bernadine Lim takes her Malaysian Chinese heritage to the goldfields and market gardens. When did the lepers and butter pioneers turn into hiphop artists? Is there a Chinese All Black? Can we shout out 'Asians are cool'?
Actor and dancing start Theresa Healey sets out to explain why her Irish ancestors were blamed for bringing public drunkenness, religious violence, melancholy, prostitution and mental illness to New Zealand.