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Weekly Review No. 368

Short Film (Full Length) – 1948

Trampers become bush carpenters in this 1940s cinema reel. Hardy members of the Tararua Tramping Club carry heavy building materials uphill and through a river so they can build a hut at Totara Flats. Trampers hammer and axe away, while others prepare meals over a log fire. In nearby Wellington, Miss New Zealand Mary Wootton gets a rapturous welcome after returning from a five month world trip. Meanwhile in Rotorua Prime Minister Peter Fraser opens the Janet Fraser Memorial Guest House, which gives Māori a place to stay while visiting loved ones at nearby Rotorua Hospital.

I have had a wonderful trip, but I still think New Zealand is the best country to live in.
– Miss New Zealand 1947 Mary Wootton, after spending five months abroad

Key Cast & Crew

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Stanhope Andrews


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Earl Bailey

Camera - Tararua trampers

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Peter Hutt

Writer - Tararua trampers

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Cedric Herbert

Writer - Rotorua Hostel

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John Mallitte

Writer - Miss NZ

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Selwyn Toogood