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  1. Part one of eight from this full length documentary.

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  8. Part eight of eight from this full length documentary.

  9. The credits from this documentary.


The tagline runs: "The story of unemployment in New Zealand" and In A Land of Plenty is an exploration of just that; it takes as its starting point the consensus from The Depression onwards that Godzone economic policy should focus on achieving full employment, and explores how this was radically shifted by the 1984 Labour government. Director Alister Barry's perspective is clear, as he trains a humanist lens on ‘Rogernomics' to argue for the policy's negative effects on society, "as a new poverty-stricken underclass developed".


The Director's Perspective by Alister Barry 07.05.2009

The surprising success of our feature documentary, Someone Else's Country, at the 1996 New Zealand International Film Festival and the flurry of mail-order vhs sales that followed opened the possibility of a wide New Zealand audience for ...

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 Alister Barry
 Shane Loader
 Ian Johnstone

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 Derek Treeby

Derek Treeby

Here lies history of better times than now.



I was six years old in 1984, I'm feel really angry after watching this documentary, and what makes me most angry is that my son is six years old and it's happening all over again. Not only should this be included in our education curriculum, this should be compulsory viewing for every citizen before they exercise their democratic right to vote.

 Bertrand Feuvray

Bertrand Feuvray

If I remember right, it was during that period that the New Zealand government told the farmers that they could no longer be subsidized. As a result, the farmers did better finding their own markets to sell their food than prevent themselves from producing too much by fear of loss of product if it was not sold. So that was a plus. Is that right that New Zealand is primarily a lond of farmers???

I was living in London, England at the time and market economy was popular there and even in socialistic France. The funny thing about socialist France is that there is a lot of hypocrisy. Socialists like to call other socialist countries their brothers and it was under a French socialist president that the order was given to blow up the Rainbow Warrior in an harbour in New Zealand.



I just wanted to say what a great documentary that was. Very moving.

I'm from Finland and we've had the same sort of neoliberal attack on the welfare state since the 80s although it hasn't been as severe as in New Zealand. Let's hope that with the recent Occupy demonstrations around the world we can educate each other about what's going on in the world and build up popular movements to call for full employment policies.



This is a good historical documentary. I learnt a lot. However, I think portraying pre-1984 New Zealand as a utopia is misrepresentative. There was a reason we pursued these changes.

By 1984 commodity prices had fallen and our meat and wool industry was only being propped up by government subsidies. This meant the goverment ran a large deficit and the country had a large trade deficit. (Muldoon kept the sorry state of the government books a closely guarded secret.) There was a risk of the reserve bank going bankrupt. And we had 15% inflation and 5% unemployment.

The pre-1984 situation was undesireable and unsustainable. So I think this documentary was unfairly harsh on a government that had to deal with serious economic problems,

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