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Standing in the Sunshine - Sex & Family

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1993

This episode of documentary series Standing in the Sunshine examines how sex, love and childbirth were taught (or not taught) in New Zealand families, and how feminism inspired societal shifts, giving women the 'power to choose'. Nancy Sutherland, founder of the Parents Centre, and Mary Dobbie, founder of Family Planning, discuss the dearth of sex education in post-war New Zealand and the restrictions around contraception. Pioneering Māori health worker Waireti Walters credits her her rural childhood with teaching her the basics about sex, and stresses the need for young Māori to nurture their self-esteem. 

...I experienced something afterwards that I call PMZ, which means postmenopausal zest.
– A New Zealand woman on the advantages of getting older

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