You are here:





0 MB


0 MB

Clips (7)

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

  2. Part two of six from this full length documentary.

  3. Part three of six from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of six from this full length documentary.

  5. Part five of six from this full length documentary.

  6. Part six of six from this full length documentary.

  7. The credits from this documentary.


Someone Else’s Country looks critically at the radical economic changes implemented by the 1984 Labour Government - where privatisation of state assets was part of a wider agenda that sought to remake New Zealand as a model free market state. The trickle-down ‘Rogernomics’ rhetoric warned of no gain without pain, and here the theory is counterpointed by the social effects (redundant workers, Post Office closures). Made by Alister Barry in 1996 when the effects were raw, the film draws extensively on archive footage and interviews with key “witnesses to history”.


A Director's perspective by Alister Barry 19.11.2009

It is a quarter of a century since the New Right revolution began in New Zealand. New right ideology has become known as neoliberalism – a new version of an old idea of economic liberalism that says that society is best organised by free ...

Read more ›

Someone Else’s Screen by Alister Barry 19.11.2009

It was no accident that Someone Else’s Country wasn’t screened on TVNZ when it was completed in 1996.

It wasn’t that the Business Roundtable needed to actually tell the TV programmers not to screen it. ...

Read more ›

Credits (7)

 Alister Barry
 Tony Sutorius
 Tony Parkinson

Post a comment

I am:

Please keep your comments relevant to this title. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

Comments (5)

 Gary Reber

Gary Reber

The problem is not privatization of production but the concentrated ownership of production and thus markets. Labor workers MUST acquire ownership in corporate wealth-creating, income-producing productive capital assets, and not support the concentration of ownership. The problem is New Zealand and all other economies operate based on one-factor (i.e., laboristic) assumptions that justify artificially and coercively inflated wage rates, which inflate market prices. Such also lead to mercantilist capitalist and protectionist labor interferences with free and open markets in labor rates, based on the counter-productive goal of “protecting jobs” at the expense of consumers, all in the name of national “full employment” rather than two-factor “full ownership” policies. The real-world reality is that the relative productiveness of labor has been diminishing in the labor-capital mix as creative individuals redesign our technologies. Conventional economists have based their notions of distributive justice on their outmoded one-factor paradigm by ignoring this trend that has been accelerating at an exponential rate since the industrial revolution took off about the time of the American Revolution. In the case of America, if the nation had adopted a Capital Homestead Act instead of the Employment Act of 1946, the minimum wage could have remained at 25 cents an hour but workers would have been receiving more adequate and secure incomes today from dividend checks and American industrial jobs would never have been lost under what best-selling author calls “wage arbitrage” to low-wage workers in China, India and elsewhere in the emerging global economy.



Serious Fun: The Life & Times of Alan Gibbs
Author: Paul Goldsmith
In this biography we are told how Alan made a $200 million dollar profit
from selling shares in Telecom (financed by a cheap Telecom loan) when he was a director. (There is a NZ Herald article on this).

I think this shows utter contempt for democracy and the tax payers of New Zealand.



And in 2012 here we go again. Key Government Mk1 refused to have Douglas in the Cabinet. Key Government Mk2 looks set to repeat Rogernomics ( as far as it can get away with it). We keep making the mistake of pointing the lens at the public spokespeople and forgetting to dig down to the puppet-masters, who must exist and who must straddle multiple elections and political structures. Did Don Brash wake up one morning and decide to roll his old mate Rodney? Where do the ideas come from? And are the NZ puppet-masters themselves merely puppets to some higher authority? That'd be the real story and it would be fascinating.

 Bruce Bisset

Bruce Bisset

I'd like to think you're right that our values haven't changed, but actually I disagree: NZers may not consciously regard extremes of poverty and wealth as "normal and necessary", but in general they now ACCEPT them as "how it is"... and to a larger extent ignore the ramifications of the increasing rich/poor divide, and especially their part in contributing to it. in short, they're well on the way to a state of mind that does see this as "normal" - if not necessarily "necessary". Thank you Roger et al.

And the societal process of forgetting what changed and how it came about is part of the deliberate dumbing-down and disenfranchising of the ordinary citizen that is at the heart of the social engineering toolbox of the New Right: make people feel vaguely ashamed they were suckered into something they disagreed with and they will gladly ignore that it happened - that it is still happening.



It's like deja-vu - this is exactly what Australia went through under the Hawke/Keating government in the same time period.

What are the chances the same things happen to two completely different countries? It just goes to show you there are other people running things behind the scenes in probably most countries.

Produced by


You need to be logged in to add to your favourites.

Related Titles (19)

 Close Up - Big Dealers (feat. John Key)

Television, 1987 (Full Length Episode)

A polar opposite perspective on the market

 A Civilised Society

Film, 2006 (Full Length)

More activism from Alister Barry

 Mururoa 1973

Television, 1973 (Full Length)

Another Alister Barry doco

 In a Land of Plenty

Film, 2002 (Full Length)

Another documentary directed by Alister Barry


Television, 2001 (Full Length)

A documentary looking at the 1951 waterfront dispute

 Gloss - Episode One

Television, 1987 (Full Length Episode)

The series to match the excesses of the era

 The Marching Girls - Mahara's Story

Television, 1987 (Full Length Episode)

The first episode features a union dispute


Television, 1996

Another series looking at the Rogernomics era

 Gliding On - No Smoke Without Fire

Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)

This series looks at office working life in the 80s

 The Making of The Governor

Television, 1977 (Full Length)

Presented by Ian Johnstone

 Dame Cath Moves Up - A Personal Portrait

Television, 1990 (Full Length)

More political leadership machinations

 Face to Face with Kim Hill - David Lange

Television, 2003 (Excerpts)

An interview with David Lange

 The Hollow Men

Television, 2008 (Full Length)

Another documentary by Alister Barry

 Hook, Line and Sinker

Film, 2011 (Trailer)

Co-directed by editor Shane Loader

 The 1984 Leaders' Debate

Television, 1984 (Full Length)

The 1984 snap election leaders' debate

 The Beginner's Guide to Visiting the Marae

Television, 1984 (Full Length Episode)

A documentary hosted by narrator Ian Johnstone

 Lookout: Bob Jones

Television, 1984 (Full Length)

Jones was an advocate of free market policy

 Hot Air

Film, 2014 (Trailer)

More politics with Alister Barry

 Sale of a Nation

Short Film, 1991 (Full Length)

A doco examining asset sales of the era

Collections.   See all collections ›  

Included in:

 Labour Day Collection