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Taranaki Short Film (Full Length) – 1954 Travel Documentary

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Four decades before starring in The Last Samurai, New Zealand’s most symmetrical volcano stole the limelight in this NFU short. Extolling a mantra of progress and change, Taranaki presents New Plymouth as regional hub and suburban paradise, surrounded by bays and gladioli. Narrator Paul Ricketts touches on a conflict-soaked past by recalling his great grandmother’s nightly refuge in a central city stockade, during the 1860s Taranaki Wars. Back in 1954, a fishing license costs two pounds, and co-operatively-run dairy factories produce over half the nation’s cheese.

Visitors always say how well and healthy our kiddies look. We don’t notice it ourselves, although naturally we think our particular ones are perfect.
– Narrator Paul Ricketts