Gone But Impact Felt – TV Show Filmed on Hauraki Plains

Written by on November 22, 2022


The economic benefit to our region was apparent with the recent filming of a new six-part television drama across the Hauraki Plains.

For six weeks international and local crews worked at Te Aroha, Paeroa and Ngatea filming The Gone – a joint Irish/New Zealand production.

Locals have told CFM that many properties were rented out to the production company to house both crew and cast.

This was confirmed by a spokesperson for the producers, Tamar Munch, who said while she could not provide a figure, the region had benefited through accommodation, catering, set construction, actors, extras, and the likes of the Te Aroha Four Square – “who loved the spike in their chicken and chips sales”.

“I believe some of the bars and hospitality organisations would have enjoyed having the crew and cast visit.”

The drama is about an Irish family who vanish while visiting Mount Affinity in New Zealand. An Irish detective, played by Richard Flood (Grey’s Anatomy/Shameless), teams up with a New Zealand detective, Acushla-Tara Kupe (Under the Vines), and the drama unfolds.

Kingfisher Films and Blinder Films in association with Southern Light Films are behind the series. The executive directors are Karl Zohrab and Yvonne Donohoe.

To complete the filming three further weeks of work was required in Auckland.

The six-part hour long episodes will screen on Television One in the new year. The series is also being made available to the international market.


Reader's opinions
  1. Clive McLaren   On   March 22, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Just finished the 5th episode, very watchable, acting convincing. There is a lot empathy and friendship between the locals, unusual in a crime drams. The Maori aspect adds depth to the back story. The scenery is beautiful. Only downside is the low volume and occassional mumbling during some of the dialogue. A bit frustrating at times. But a worthwhile well made drama

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