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Volcanic Power Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Documentary Animation

Volcanic Power

Short Film (Full Length) – 1962 Documentary Animation

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This 1962 film about geothermal power generation begins with animated sequences telling the Māori legend of how the North Island’s volcanoes were created. Then it explores the “crazy idea” of volcanic power, and how New Zealand might harness its potential. At Wairakei, roads have collapsed and the ground can rumble: “nothing is ever quite predictable on this battleground for power”. Nearby, steam is used for heating, hangi, bathing, and … growing pineapples. The animation was handled by Mike Walker (later producer of Kingi’s Story), of Levin-based Morrow Productions.

It’s just the sort of skilled and muscular job to appeal to the Kiwi temperament.
– From the narration, on bore work