Peter Coates

– By Shane Farrow (NZFA Video Collection Developer), with material supplied by Peter

Peter Coates is a former director and producer for the NZBC and TVNZ, from 1969 through to the 1990s. He worked on a range of documentaries and drama productions, including: Kaleidoscope (1985), Close to Home (1975-83), The Fire and The Snow (1975) and If You Can’t Beat Em (1976). Peter’s list of credits include work on the stage, as a performer, singer, designer, writer, director and producer. Peter has also regularly exhibited his paintings, which have won national awards and are in private collections around the world.

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Over a period of almost 40 years Peter has made over 390 television productions and documentaries. These include dramas, disability programmes, documentaries, artist profiles, coaching films, operas, Concert OBs (outside broadcasts), a comedy series, and a four-hour history of Rugby for the NZRFU. He was awarded the Broadcasting Award by the NZ Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council in 1974.

The New Zealand Film Archive holds over 150 titles that Peter has worked on and these can be viewed in our Medialibrary onsite at 84 Taranaki St, Wellington. Some of these can also be interloaned via our Medianet sites nationwide.

Peter filming with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Peter filming with Vladimir Ashkenazy.
One of Peter's costume design for Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale."
One of Peter’s costume design for Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale.”


A retrospective of Peter’s film and painting work will open at All Saints Church, Hataitai, Wellington on March 10.

Further details from promotional material for the retrospective exhibition are below (supplied by Peter):





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