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The City And The Suburb (part two) Television (Full Length) – 1983 Documentary

The City And The Suburb (part two)

Television (Full Length) – 1983 Documentary

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This 1983 Hamish Keith-presented documentary is subtitled 'Housing New Zealand in the Twentieth Century'. Part two picks up from Michael Joseph Savage’s 1930s state housing scheme. Keith argues that as the emphasis shifted from renting to owning, middle class suburbia became the foundation of Kiwi postwar aspirations. He looks at changing demographics in the cities — as home owners fled on newly built motorways — and argues that the suburban ideal has become bland and out of reach, as New Zealand once again becomes a country of “mean streets and mansions”.

Key Cast & Crew

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Hamish Keith

Writer, Presenter

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Ken Dorman

Camera

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Bill Saunders

Producer

The house for the New Zealand suburb, where, as somebody said, people are never quite together and never quite alone.
– Hamish Keith on the design of the state house