By KAT BAULU & ALASTAIR JAMIESON
Executive Producer MICHAEL STEDMAN
Narrated by MOANA TIPA
Story Editor RICHARD THOMAS
Music by CLAIRE COWAN
With JIM FYFE SHANNON WILLIAMS
JOJO JACKSON GEORGE MCINTOSH
On the Otago coast, something extraordinary is happening. The world's rarest sea lion species has begun a tentative comeback to the mainland of New Zealand. Just one exceptional female is pioneering her species' historic return.
Whetu rere - the sea lion and the comet gives viewers a glimpse of this exceptional true wildlife story.
The film follows Mum's latest pup, whose life is filled with challenges and adversity. From hungry stray dogs to losing his mother, the pup's journey reminds us how tenuous and fragile life is for this species.
The film features detailed and dramatic footage of sea lion behaviour shot so close you can virtually see the animals' breath on the camera lens. It gives an amazingly intimate portrayal of an individual sea lion pup in the weeks immediately following its birth.