MTV’s Guide to NZ
New Zealand musicians Liam Finn, Scribe and The Mint Chicks feature in three four-minute Tourism New Zealand documentaries created with MTV describing their favourite dim sum restaurants, music studios and corner pubs. Called ‘MTV’s Guide to NZ’, the documentaries include unscripted dialogue and uncontrived itineraries. Director Miki Magasiva films Scribe scuba diving for paua, stops of with The Mint Chicks at Ferg Burgers in Queenstown, and films Liam Finn swearing by the homemade pies at The Fridge in Kingsland. In an interview with 3 News, Magasiva says: “This was really exciting and different to other commercials I’ve shot before because there was so much freedom and latitude for the musicians to take us wherever they wanted.” Regional manager for Australia at Tourism New Zealand Barry Eddington told The New Zealand Herald that the musicians are so well-known in Australia that, “showing their secrets, their hidden treasures, their home that’s quite powerful”. The documentaries are being rolled out on MTV’s website and on MTV Australia.