Kina provides production services to international and local film and documentary shoots. His wealth of experience helps make ambitious projects happen.

Kina's background as a marine professional and his experience on key local and international productions give him a unique range of problem-solving skills.

He is able to assemble teams and equipment, solve access and permit issues in any part of the country, and manage risk for complex operations. He specialises in:

  • logistics

  • comprehensive safety and risk management

  • obtaining permits and permissions

  • sourcing crew, equipment, safety gear and boats

  • on-the-ground operations

He has a vast network of connections throughout the country and offshore - from constructive locals to key officials.

On location, he manages teams, sub-contractors, safety plans, boat and diving operations. He is equally comfortable managing multiple locations for The Hobbit to a single-boat, offshore shoot for the BBC.

For marine productions, Kina has a 6m boat surveyed to work to 12 miles offshore anywhere in New Zealand, able to be towed around the country, and rigged to access the most challenging waters. His second boat provides further options. For productions requiring larger or live-aboard boats, Kina sources vessels to any specifications.


Kina can comfortably shoot on any camera system. His camera equipment includes:

  • Nauticam ARRI Alexa Mini underwater cinema housing

  • RED Epic Dragon underwater housing:

    Nauticam housing

    RED Epic Dragon camera



  • Atomos Shogun and Nauticam housing

  • Panasonic GH4 underwater camera system:

    Nauticam underwater housing system




  • Extensive dive and underwater production kit including:

    OTS underwater comms

    dive gear

    safety gear

    trauma kit

Please enquire for a full gear list.


Da 5 Bloods Spike Lee / Netflix TBR 2020

Planet of the Whales National Geographic 2019

Ghost Nets National Geographic 2019

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted National Geographic 2019

Sharks of the Badlands Producer Discovery Channel 2019

Ocean Predators 4 eps Producer DOP Prime TV 2018

The Nightingale Jennifer Kent /Transmission 2018

The Meg Underwater DOP Warner Bros 2018

Air Jaws: The Hunted Discovery Channel 2018

Our Big Blue Backyard II 6 eps Producer DOP NHNZ /TVNZ 2016

Sharks of the Shadowland Producer Discovery Channel 2015

Dolphins, Living with the Pod MC4 Productions 2015

Air Jaws Ring of Death Discovery Channel 2015

The World Heritage TBS TV Japan 2015

Abalone Wars NHNZ Discovery Channel 2015

Light Between Oceans Dreamworks 2014

Lair of the Megashark Discovery Channel 2014 

Air Jaws - Fin of Fury Discovery Channel 2014

Great Nature NHK Japan 2014

The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies Wingnut / New Line 2014

Our Big Blue Backyard 6 x eps NHNZ / TVNZ 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Wingnut / New Line 2013

Darwin NHK 2013

The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey Wingnut / New Line 2012

Great White Sharks of Stewart Island Ocean Answers / DoC 2012

Coast Watch Greenstone Pictures 2012

Wild Coasts with Craig Potton South Pacific Pictures 2012

Pacific BBC 2009

Weird Edens NHNZ 2009

Ultimate Shark National Geographic Explore 2007

Planet Earth BBC 2006

60 Minutes - Great White Hope TV3 2006

Sea Monsters BBC 2003

Perfect Strangers Huntaway Films 2003

Shark Gordon NHNZ / Animal Planet 2002

White Shark Nature of the Beast NHNZ / Discovery 2000

Riddle of the Rays NHNZ / Discovery 1999

Mako - Swift Smart and Deadly NHNZ / Wild Films 1998

20/20 - Jaws for Real TV3 1998