First Crossings honours New Zealand's early European explorers by telling the stories of five real and iconic expeditions that took place in the South Island of New Zealand between 1810 and 1909. Their stories are told by their modern-day contemporaries – Kevin Biggar and Jamie Fitzgerald which saw them not only follow in the footsteps of those early pioneers, but also recreate the hardest parts of their expeditions in almost complete historical detail – wearing the same clothes and footwear, using the same antiquated equipment and boats, and even eating the same food.

First Crossings - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-07-24

First Crossings - Pelican crossing - Netflix

A pelican crossing (previously pelicon crossing, which stood for “pedestrian light controlled crossing”) is a type of pedestrian crossing, which features a pair of poles each with a standard set of traffic lights facing oncoming traffic, a push button and two illuminated, coloured pictograms facing the pedestrian from across the road. These are a red, stationary person to indicate that it is not safe to cross, and a green, walking person to indicate that it is safe to do so. Pelican crossings also provide non-visual indication that it is safe to cross, such as a beep, vibrating button or tactile rotating cone in order to assist visually impaired pedestrians. Usage of pelican crossings is confined mainly to Great Britain, where they were invented, and in Ireland. A comparable system called the HAWK beacon is used in America.

First Crossings - Internationally - Netflix

In Hong Kong where control panels are also used as in the United Kingdom, no zig-zag lines are marked. At some crossings the traffic signals still turn to red but at much longer intervals. A HAWK beacon, used with a standard pedestrian crossing signal, stops traffic when a pedestrian pushes a button to cross, but goes dark unless activated. It was allowed in experimental applications in the United States until 2009 and is now a standard option for transportation engineers. British Columbia indicates pedestrian-controlled crossings using flashing green signals. When a pedestrian activates the signal, the flashing green turns steady green, followed by yellow and red. When the crossing phase is complete, the signal returns to flashing green.

First Crossings - References - Netflix