This inspiring documentary follows a Kiwi surgeon and a dozen other New Zealanders on their remarkable journey providing free essential surgery for the poor, on board a hospital ship in Guinea, West Africa. The patients of all ages on board the Mercy Ship suffer from extreme conditions never seen in this country, and their life-transforming operations unleash a whole new future for them and their families.

Follow the passion, heartache and moments of pure joy of the huge-hearted volunteer medics and the patients they serve, on the Ship of Hope.

Join us, or set your box to record Freeview 25 or SKY channel 201, broadcasting on

Tuesday 8 June, at 8pm
Saturday 19 June, at 8.30pm
Thursday 1 July, at 8pm

Right after the episode airs you can catch the Behind the Scenes stories and follow the lives of our courageous patients and the huge-hearted Kiwi volunteer. Visit

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Made with the support of New Zealand on Air

TVNZ Producer Chris Cooke, reporter Tania Page and videographer Gary Hopper followed the journey of a dozen Kiwis volunteering on the Africa Mercy, and met some of the courageous patients receiving free essential surgery on board.