Peter Coates holding a video camera (left) and painting a canvas (right).

Peter Coates

6 Mar 2014
Peter Coates is a former director and producer for the NZBC and TVNZ, from 1969 through to the 1990s.

By Shane Farrow

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.

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.

A blue coloured picture of Peter Coates being filmed in front of an orchestra on a stage.

Peter filming with Vladimir Ashkenazy

A costume design drawing depicting a man and a woman.

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):

A promotional flyer for a Peter Coates Retrospective exhibition

Scanned pages from the exhibition programme.

Hero image: Peter Coates holding a video camera (left) and painting a canvas (right).