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New Zealand Mirror No. 24 Short Film (Full Length) – 1953 Documentary

New Zealand Mirror No. 24

Short Film (Full Length) – 1953 Documentary

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This was the 24th edition of New Zealand Mirror, a 1950s National Film Unit series promoting New Zealand to British audiences. The first clip, about rugby's Ranfurly Shield, was deemed “too topical” by the UK distributor, and cut from later editions. The clip in question captures the colour of the national obsession (knuckle bones, livestock parades) at Athletic Park, where Taranaki challenge shield holders Wellington. It was later seen in Kiwi theatres as a short, playing with 1982 rugby tale Carry Me Back. The latter segments show Kaiapoi ploughing, and Wairakei thermal energy. 

Rugby traditions are passed on early to Young New Zealanders, for whom a veteran All Black is the subject for hero worship.
– From the narration