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The New Zealanders

Short Film (Full Length) – 1978

This 1978 National Film Unit documentary chronicles the daily lives of New Zealanders in various places: factory, beach, hospital, oil rig, country town, sheep farm, market garden, Auckland produce market, art gallery and primary school. Narration-free, the film features montages of stills by photographer Ans Westra. The impression is of New Zealand as a busy nation of makers and growers, alongside singing ‘Oma Rapiti’ at the bach and visiting the art gallery. Terry towelling, walk shorts, and denim shirts are date stamps. The script is by onetime Variety film reviewer Mike Nicolaidi.

Right everyone. Looking this way — keep still.
– School teacher taking a photograph of her class

Key Cast & Crew

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John King

Director

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Derek Wright

Producer

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Mike Nicolaidi

Writer

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Ivars Berzins

Assistant Camera

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David H Fowler

Executive Producer

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Brian Shennan

Sound Mix

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