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Rock Bottom at Waikaremoana
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This film demonstrates the National Film Unit’s often innovative responses to challenges. Divers for the Works Department were deployed to seal crevices on the lake bed. To capture this underwater activity the Unit incorporated a moving camera within a diving helmet - believed to be the first used anywhere in the world. The cameraperson was able to make adjustments via controls on the side of...
Toehold on a Harbour
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A swinging, sometimes humorous treatment of the theme that the character of Wellington has been shaped by its peculiar location. Flanked on one side by steep hills and on the other by a deep harbour, the city has grown on a site more perpendicular than horizontal. People run "obstacle races" down zigzags to reach the city centre. Great ships are berthed at the quays alongside. A bright fringe o...
Weekly Review no. 355 - The Railway Worker
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A finely planned and executed film showing how the men and women of New Zealand's Railways live and work. As the son of the family comes home from late shift in the workshops, the father leaves to drive the Limited Express roaring through the night, past the mountains, through the forests and tunnels, over the high viaducts to the city terminal in the dawn. This film may contain content that i...
Lynne Reed - Colour Grader
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Lynne Reid tells us how she came to work at the NFU, and what it was like to be a colour grader at the organisation. Archives New Zealand 2021
Weekly Review no. 346 (Rhythm and Movement)
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An exploration of the health benefits of rhythmical gymnastics as a panacea to the stresses of everyday life in the busy post-war office, factory and home. Led by Gisa Taglicht, a group of young women demonstrate the beauty and grace of rhythmical gymnastics on top of a hill high above Wellington. This short film veers away from the standard Weekly Review multi-story format to focus on one subj...
Legend of Birds
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A colour film of the birds of the native bush of New Zealand, outstanding for its camera work on birds nesting, feeding their young, and singing. It concludes with beautiful slow-motion shots of the rare white heron (kōtuku). This film may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The content reflects the attitudes or language of the period in which the records were create...
Telephone Talk
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Telephone Talk shows how the invention of the telephone has changed New Zealand life and the processes involved behind a phone call to make the whole operation seem so simple. This film may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The content reflects the attitudes or language of the period in which the records were created and does not reflect the views of Archives New Z...
One Hundred and Forty Days Under The World
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One summer's work by New Zealand scientists in the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic and the exploration of some of the last unmapped regions. The mysteries of the snow-covered continent are probed by geologists, biologists and physicists at the Scott Base laboratory and on expeditions, possibly among the last to be made with huskies. H.M.N.Z.S. Endeavour brings supplies from Wellington, while i...
As the Twig is Bent
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What children learn at home may determine their progress at school. Some do not do as well as others at primary and secondary schools because they had no education during the first five years of their lives. This film, mainly of Maori children and backgrounds, shows what parents can do to prepare children for the school years ahead, and suggests also how important it is for parents to be aware...
Weekly Review 232  - Return of the Māori Battalion
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On 23 January 1946 the 28th (Māori) Battalion arrived in Wellington, after returning from service during World War Two. 780 troops were welcomed home with pōwhiri and waiata as they disembarked at Pipitea Wharf. This film follows the return of the soldiers to New Zealand and shows various communities preparing food and festivities at local marae. Formed in 1940 as part of the Second New Zealan...
The Legend of the Wanganui River
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The story of the Wanganui River, from its mountain source through deep gorges and dense forests and down to the coastal city of Wanganui, river-port and busy commercial centre. This film may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The content reflects the attitudes or language of the period in which the records were created and does not reflect the views of Archives New ...
Pictorial Parade 86 - Inside the Bag
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"What should they do, New Zealand? The money or the bag?" Legendary host Selwyn Toogood guides us through a day in the life of one of the nation’s most beloved quiz shows, It’s In the Bag. Then a popular radio show, we witness Toogood’s oversight into the show’s preparation before the contestant’s nerves are put to the test at Lower Hutt’s Town Hall. Up for prizes is a surfeit of the fine...
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