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Reporter Neil Roberts ventures into South Auckland in this TVNZ doco and finds two rapidly growing but very different communities. Otara and Mangere are becoming NZ’s industrial powerhouse, but a huge influx of Māori and Pacific Island workers and their families are struggling to adapt in a brand new city that was farmland just decades earlier and lacks amenities for its new citizens. Meanwhile, to the east, Howick and Pakuranga are also booming but their more upwardly mobile, prosperous and very Pākehā citizens seem to be living in a world of their own.

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 Neil Roberts
 Alan Thurston
 Richard Long

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 Fergus Toto

Fergus Toto

Otara South Auckland My Home for 24years- Since then South Sydney for the Past 26.. No Regrets a youth to adultship growin up there was the norm- it was what it was ..and All of my Best Mems in Life stem back from those days ..I've lived the best of the best around Otara thru & thru- from the Forx to Floatillas up ET rd to the Farmers & Rendals Shopping Centre open air Stalls before the Birth of the Flea Markets, standing on the Roof of Classroom East Tamaki Primary watching he Tavern being built, watched Te Puke Otara built & the Swimming Pools- danced the Bands Grease Monkeys @ Otara Commmunity centre way before OMAC was conceived- Loved the Gospel Campaigns on Mobile Motorhomes that would show up at Public Parks and Preach the Word- my word" What some mems I have, could go on & on All evening- but i'll leave that next chapter for you to Add- thank you All peeps- especially to You TARA" :)))

 Bella Paul

Bella Paul

I grew up in Otara...and attended Otara College as it was named then..and also when the name changed to was nice to see x-teachers (Mitchell and Lindberg) and whanau faces and places...thankyou for creating this...brings back memories...



very interesting watching how things began in South Auckland in the late 1970's to now .... :-)

 steven manukuo

steven manukuo

Ill watch this again,as I found it really interesting.If Neil Roberts,Alan Thurston and George Andrews were to go back and follow up or see what changes have occured would even be more amazing...I believe that every South aucklander who was growing up at the time should watch this...steven n manukuo



Some things never change? South Auckland is still the same!!!


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I describe the situation in Otara as political dynamite. There’s a time bomb here and, if and when it blows, you better all watch out. 
Back in the big south city, people have left behind the smaller communities we all have in our past and the south Auckland story is the story of how New Zealanders are adapting as we’ve become a nation of city dwellers.