Friday in a Country Town offers an evocative portrait of small-town Kiwi life in the late 1960s. One Friday morning in 1968 a train coasts into Tūākau Railway Station, kicking off the "busiest day of the week" for the Waikato town. Bread is delivered, shops open and farmers chew the fat at the weekly stock sale. There's one hot topic in Tūākau: "what are you doing in the weekend?" Friday night means late night shopping on George St, pub singalongs and teenagers hanging out, smoking and spinning records at the milk bar. Narrated by Philip Sherry, this was part of an NZBC series capturing everyday New Zealand life in the late 1960s.
I live on a sheep farm about three miles from Tūākau. On our place we have 353 acres with over a thousand sheep. We have a few cows, and house cows and...quite a few lambs and some of them have been sold already....– A local boy delivers the dreaded class speech
NZ Broadcasting Corporation
Peach Wemyss Astor