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Meet New Zealand Short Film (Full Length) – 1949 Promotional Documentary

Meet New Zealand

Short Film (Full Length) – 1949 Promotional Documentary

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This post-war film was made to showcase New Zealand to UK audiences. Directed by Michael Forlong, the NFU film is a booster’s catalogue of contemporary NZ life. The message is that NZ is a modern pastoral paradise: open for business but welfare aware. Nature is conquered via egalitarian effort; air and sea links overcome the tyranny of distance; and science informs primary industry. Māori are depicted assimilating into the Pākehā world. Sport, suburbia and scenic wonder are touted, and an NZSO performance shows that the soil can grow culture as well as clover. 

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Briton Chadwick

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William Austin

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Selwyn Toogood

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Where the pioneer penetrated tediously with pack horse or bullock sledge, wings pass without effort.
– From the narration