Orange Roughies is a drama
series based on a covert Police and Customs inter-agency task
force working at the new policing coal-face of the 21st
century - border security.
Though the Roughies are an
elite unit, they're also, as Ron Maddock, their brusque
Commander reminds them, under-funded, under-resources and
under the hammer because, after all, this is New Zealand. One
step removed from the usual ad hoc inter-agency groups, the
Roughies are very much on trial and depend for their survival
on a very Kiwi self-help, so-it-yourself attitude and have to
be independent, flexible and fast on their feet.
The Roughies team operate out of an unmarked waterfront base,
with Naiad and a couple of 4 wheel drives, and there's a
rough-as-guts can-do number 8 wire attitude to the main men,
Detective Sergeant Wilder and Detective Constable Zack Wiki,
leavened by the more analytical approach of Senior Customs
Office Jane Durrant.