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This New Zealand Couple Is Charming—So Is Their Farming

Joe and Fay Gock are responsible for many innovations in agriculture, including putting stickers on fruit and saving kumara from the black rot—the latter of which may be their most important, since it saved the vegetable from disappearing in New Zealand. The Gocks are Chinese refugees of the Second Sino-Japanese War. They arrived in New Zealand in the 1940s and met and fell in love in the '50s. Their charming story only compares to their wit, humor, and love of life and land. This short film, directed by Felicity Morgan-Rhind and produced by Arani Cuthbert, gives us a glimpse of their connected lives and how they're very grateful to the land that received them with open arms.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.