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Survey - Where Have All the Wowsers Gone? Television (Full Length) – 1972 Documentary

Survey - Where Have All the Wowsers Gone?

Television (Full Length) – 1972 Documentary

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In the early 1970s expat broadcaster Michael Dean took Aotearoa’s pulse, as it loosened its necktie and moved from “ice-cream on mutton, swilled around in tea” conservatism, towards a more cosmopolitan outlook. Dean asks the intelligentsia (James K Baxter, Tim Shadbolt, Peter Cape, Shirley Smith, Bill Sutch, Ian Cross, Peter Beaven, Pat Hanly, Syd Jackson, Hana Te Hemara) for their take. The questions range from “what does the family in Tawa sit down to eat these days?” to the Māori renaissance. Dean had made his name in the 60s, as a high profile broadcaster with the BBC.

The generation that believed that fornication was a greater sin than tax evasion appears to be in retreat.
– Michael Dean