This 1949 episode of the National Film Unit’s Weekly Review newsreel series goes on a jaunty whistle-stop tour across the country. It takes off on TEAL’s new flying boat (Ararangi), from Wellington’s Evans Bay on a cruise over to the Marlborough Sounds and back. We then stop to smell the tulips on a South Canterbury tulip farm; before revving up for dusty motorhead bliss in Whanganui as a swarm of motorcyclists contest the Motorcycle Grand Prix. The reel pulls up in an Auckland factory for a fascinating look at the manufacture of glamourous nylon stockings.
For the thousands of nylon-conscious women of New Zealand this Auckland factory, with its 144 knitting machines, is one of New Zealand’s most important secondary industries. Working at full capacity the factory is capable of turning out over a 1000 pairs of nylon stockings a day.– From the narration