Through his company, Ocean Answers Ltd, Kina provides production services to international and local film and documentary shoots. He brings a vast network of connections and a wealth of experience to 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 issues in any part of the country, and manage risk for complex operations. His company 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 throughout the country and offshore - from constructive locals to key officials.

On location, he manages teams, sub-contractors, safety plans, boat and shark 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 can source vessels to any specifications.

His camera and production equipment includes:

  • ARRI Alexa Mini underwater cinema housing
  • RED Epic Dragon underwater cinema system (Nauticam housing, camera, lenses, peripherals)
  • Atomos Shogun
  • Panasonic GH4 underwater camera system (Nauticam underwater housing system, camera, lenses, peripherals) 
  • Extensive dive and underwater production kit - including OTS underwater comms, dive, safety, and trauma gear

Please enquire for a full gear list.


'The Nightingale',  Bron Studios / Transmission, Feature Film, TBR 2018. Underwater camera, Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney.

'Meg' Warner Bros, Feature Film, TBR 2018 - Underwater DOP.

'Our Big Blue Backyard' 2015 / 2016, 6 Episodes - NHNZ - Producer, Underwater DOP, Aerial Photography

'Special - TBR' National Geographic / NHNZ, 2016, Auckland Islands, Underwater DOP, Producer, Aerial Photography

'Special - TBR' National Geographic / NHNZ 2015/2016, Underwater DOP, Producer, Aerial Photography

'Sharks of the Shadowland' 2015 - Discovery Channel. Producer, Underwater Camera, Onscreen Talent

'Dolphins, Living with the Pod'. 2015 - MC4 Productions Underwater Camera.

'Air Jaws Ring of Death' Shark Week 2015 / 2016Underwater Camera,  onscreen expert.

'The World Heritage', TBS TV Japan 2015  - Underwater Camera.

'Abalone Wars' 2014 / 2015, NHNZ / Discovery Channel - Underwater Camera

'Searching for Brutus' - Alucia Productions 2014.  Underwater Camera, Producer, onscreen expert.

'Light Between Oceans' - Dreamworks. 2014. On-set marine co-ordination, water safety, locations.

'Lair of the Megashark’ Shark Week, 2014.  Discovery Channel. Shark Diving Management, Risk Management.  On-Camera Expert.

'Air Jaws - Fin of Fury'  Shark Week 2014 -Discovery Channel. Stewart Island. Shark Diving Management, Risk Management.

'Great Nature’ - NHK. Milford Sound. U/W Camera.

‘Our Big Blue Backyard’, 2014NHNZ / TVNZ.  Underwater Camera, Pre-Production, Field Production, Dive Supervisor.

‘Darwin’ - NHK. Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds. Camera. Pre-Production, Field production.

‘The Hobbit- An Unexpected Journey ’ - 3’7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug' - 3'7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies' - 3'7 Ltd. Site Supervisor, multiple locations.

'Great White Sharks of Stewart Island' - Ocean Answers Ltd / DoC. Producer, Camera.

'Coast Watch' - Greenstone Pictures. Stewart Island. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

‘Wild Coasts with Craig Potton' -  South Pacific Pictures. Stewart Island. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

‘Campbell Live’ - TV3. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

'One News' - TVNZ. U/W Camera, Stock Footage.

'3 News' - TV3. U/W Camera, Stock Footage.

‘Pacific’ - BBC. Offshore, West Coast South Island. U/W Camera, Skipper, Pre-Production, Field Production.

‘Weird Edens / Life Force’ -  NHNZ. Snares Islands, Southern Ocean. Dive team.

‘Planet Earth’ - BBC. Poor Knights Islands. U/W Lighting, Dive Team.

'60 Minutes - Great White Hope' - TV3. U/W Camera, On-Camera Expert.

'Ultimate Shark' - National Geographic Explorer. Chatham Islands. Shark Researcher, Shark Diving Operations, Location Fixer.

'Sea Monsters' - BBC. Circumnavigation of North Island, Abel Tasman. Skipper, Dive Team, Risk Management.

'Perfect Strangers' - Gaylene Preston Productions / Huntaway Films. Marine Operations. Skipper.

‘Shark Gordon’ - NHNZ. Skipper.

‘White Shark Nature of the Beast’ - NHNZ / Discovery. Chatham Islands, Sth Australia, Stewart Island. U/W Camera, Topside Camera, Production, On-Camera Talent.

‘Riddle of the Rays’ - NHNZ / Discovery. Poor Knights Islands, Far North Harbours. U/W Camera, Dive Team, Boat Crew, Safety. 

‘Mako - Swift Smart and Deadly’ - NHNZ / Wild Films. Dive team, Safety.

'20/20 - Jaws for Real' - TV3. Chatham Islands. Dive Team. On-Camera Talent.