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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
 George Andrews

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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.