Islands of the Gulf was New Zealand’s first locally made TV documentary series and Shirley Maddock – as well as writing, presenting and directing – became the country’s first female television producer.

Intended as a one-off programme, the series ran to five half-hour episodes, screened when local faces were still a novelty on NZ television.

Maddock’s subsequent book of the same name became an instant bestseller, providing a snap shot of life in the 1960s Hauraki Gulf.

It has recently been reprinted to coincide with a remake of the television series by actress and writer Elisabeth Easther, the daughter of Shirley Maddock.