|The Insider's Guide To Happiness|
|Starring|| Will Hall |
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Production company||The Gibson Group|
|Original release||19 May –|
12 August 2004
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At the 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards, the show won the following seven awards:
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