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The Eggplant

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The Eggplant
File:The Eggplant - Poster.jpg
The Eggplant Poster
Developed byMotion Sickness
  • Karen O'Leary
  • Tammy Davis
  • Celine Dam
  • Ben Porter
  • Olivia Parker
  • Trendall Pulini
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
  • $2.1 million (NZD) [1]
Original release04 December 2020
External links
The Eggplant

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The Eggplant is a six-part New Zealand teen drama television series that carefully describes the dangers of the online world.[2][3] The series was released on TVNZ OnDemand and YouTube.[4][5][6]

The series has some recognisable talent staring, with Karen O'Leary in the role of Principle Morris and Tammy Davis as Vice Principle Trev.[3][6] Other well-known New Zealanders feature, including John Campbell (broadcaster), Angela Dravid, Hamish Parkinson, and Melanie Bracewell. [7] It was created and produced by Motion Sickness.[4] The cast also features young actors, including; Celine Dam as Mei Wong, Trendall Pulini as Darcy, Ben Porter as Logan Murray, Olivia Parker as Josie.[7][8]

The series is apart of the 'Keep It Real Online' campaign that was funded by the Department of Internal Affairs. [1][4]


After a giant paper-maché eggplant is found on the rugby field at Hilltop High, Principal Morris (Karen O'Leary) and Vice Principle Trev (Tammy Davis) launch an investigation. They call an emergency meeting with some of the schools key teaching staff and brainstorm all possible suspects. Mei Wong, Darcy, Logan Murray, and Josie are singled out and interrogated by both Principal Morris and Vice Principle Trev, leading them to find out more than they bargained for.[2][3][6]

Keep It Real Online Campaign[edit]

Keep It Real Online is a campaign created by the New Zealand Government.[1][4] The campaign was created with partnering agencies; Te Tari Taiwhenua - Internal Affairs, Te Mana Whakaatu - Classification Office, Netsafe, and The Ministry of Education. [4][9] It was supported by Network for Learning and the New Zealand Police. [4] The first part of the campaign was viewed by 870,000 parents and caregivers through social media in New Zealand. [3][9] It aqcuired over 32 million views worldwide. [3][4][10] The campaign gained international attention from well-known media outlets such as The Guardian and BBC. [9][10][11]

The Keep It Real Online campaign is aimed to help keep young tamariki and rangatahi safe online. [3] The campaign has been designed in three parts that are aimed at different people; one aimed at parents and caregivers, the other at young teenagers, and the last at young children. [1][3][4] The first phase is called Keep It Real Online, which was aimed at parents and caregivers. [12] The second is titled The Eggplant.[2] The title of the third campaign is yet to be announced. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Keep It Real Online - Phase 2". Beehive.govt.nz. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Eggplant". www.theeggplant.co.nz. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "The Eggplant - Keep It Real Online". Keet It Real Online (New Zealand Government). Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "The Eggplant - A drama-crime-comedy online web series". www.dia.govt.nz. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  5. "The Eggplant TVNZ OnDemand". TVNZ OnDemand. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "What to watch on TVNZ OnDemand this weekend". Stuff. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Part teen comedy-drama, part education, The Eggplant is a quintessentially Kiwi watch". The Spinoff. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  8. "The Eggplant". IMDb Cast. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Keep It Real Online: The story behind NZ's viral internet safety campaign". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "New Zealand government deploys nude 'porn actors' in web safety ad". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  11. "The New Zealand porn ad designed to protect children". BBC. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  12. "Keep It Real Online to help keep your children to be digitally safe". www.parents.education.govt.nz/. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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