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.
Comedian Michele A'Court says that the first time she visited Paris she felt immediately at home. While that may be wishful thinking, there is a very intriguing element to the French story in New Zealand - what if the French had settled here first? Michele sets out to find out how close they really came, and explores the influence of wars fought on both the rugby field and the battleground.
With Weste-Neapolitan lineage Paolo Rotondo learns he's pretty keen on fishing. For an actor. The life, vibrancy and passion that the Italian settlers brought to the 'end of the earth' inspire Paolo to hop on his Vespa and meet the extended familia. And he asks "what is spaghetti in a can?"
They say that the English are too polite to be honest, but the Butch are too honest to be polite. Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste proves the point. If the very name of the country comes from Holland, another 'Zeeland', what else does Kiwi culture owe to the Dutch?
Describing herself as a 'curried potato', actor Madeleine Sami casts aside the green cloth of her Irish side and goes in search of her Indian roots. Finding Mindian roti, Indo-Fijian curry and a rugby playing Guru, she also contemplates an arranged marriage...
Arriving from Niue at the age of four, film and T actor Shimpal Lelisi is typical of the Pacific Island migrants. Shimpal visits the first major Pacific Island settlement (and it's not in Auckland), talks about his own experiences of anti-tour protests and the famous Bob Marley concert, and pays his respects at the gravesite of one of the first Islanders to volunteer to fight in WWI.
It's hard to think of yourself as Danish when to the rest of the world you look Polynesian. But that is exactly the journey that singer and actor Stephanie Tauevihi embarked on. With a Danish lineage that leads back to one of the founding fathers of Norsewood, Stephanie takes a great green-pea mould out to the country to find the Scandinavian influence, and is disappointed by how much has been lost.