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Tourist Hotel Corporation

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The Tourist Hotel Corporation was established in 1955 to manage and run the government's hotels. The corporation's function was to encourage the development of hotel tourism in New Zealand and so was specifically aimed at international tourists, as few domestic tourists stayed in hotels. In 1990 ...

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Lamb protests outside US embassy, Wellington

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In June 1999 the US international trade commission (USITC) recommended tariffs on lamb imports from New Zealand and Australia, in response to protectionist lobbying from the American sheep industry association (ASI). New Zealand farmers were prompted to mount this protest at the US embassy in ...

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Spot the difference

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Watch a government road safety television commercial from the mid-1990s illustrating the difference between travelling at 50 kilometres per hour, versus illegally travelling at 67 kilometres per hour, in an urban area. These hard-hitting, graphic commercials were introduced as part of the Land ...

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Goodbye pork pie

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Watch footage from the early 1980s New Zealand road movie Goodbye pork pie, featuring a yellow Mini chased by a Holden police car. Courtesy of Graeme Cowley, Nigel Hutchinson and Andy Grant

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Māori urbanisation

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Television current affairs programmes like Compass showed cities in a new light, introducing a social-documentary style that highlighted the diversity and complexity of city life. A 1967 programme on Māori urbanisation revealed some of the issues Māori faced moving from a ...

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Scarfies

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

 In Scarfies (1999) a group of Dunedin university students (scarfies) move into an abandoned flat only to discover a basement marijuana plot. They sell it but things get tricky when the criminal grower returns. The students trap him in the basement and the film becomes a psychological...

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Misuse of Māori intellectual property

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Auckland University of Technology lecturer Valance Smith comments on the misuse of Māori intellectual property, which is a particular issue on the internet.  A number of examples of concern are shown in this video clip.

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All-weather meat loaders

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Bluff’s all-weather meat loaders were introduced in the 1960s to help ease port congestion. Although they speeded up loading, the meat loaders became redundant when containers were introduced.

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Cost of living in Australia and New Zealand

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In order to compare the standard of living in Auckland and the Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia, TV3 followed two families shopping in November 2007. Similar goods went into the shopping trolley to get a fair comparison. However household costs are only one part of the standard of living, and...

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Whakarewarewa

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This 1945 film clip shows tourists at Whakarewarewa, and the houses of the village's residents.

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'The big mill'

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Watch footage of workers handling logs at the the Tasman Pulp and Paper mill at Kawerau in 1957. Private building firm Fletcher Construction seized the opportunity to not only build the mill, but become a part owner of the Tasman Pulp and Paper Company, together with the government and other ...

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Closing the gap

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Following the Second World War a major push was made to upgrade New Zealand roads. Here workers prepare a section of State Highway 1 between Christchurch and Picton for sealing.

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Farm safety advertisement

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Both the Accident Compensation Corporation and the Department of Labour fund publicity campaigns aimed at preventing or reducing workplace accidents. This television advertisement alerts farmers to the risk of fatal tractor accidents.

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Restricting spending

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2009 most shops were required to close for three and a half days each year, and this restriction on spending provoked a variety of responses. This Bunnings hardware warehouse was open on Easter Sunday. While some people argued that it should be able to open, others were worried that those ...

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Banking day, 1956

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Primary school pupils in an Ōhakune classroom record deposits in their saving bank passbooks, under the supervision of their teacher

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Full circle

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2001 Dutch finance and investment company ABN Amro bought a 50% share in Craigs, a Tauranga-based finance company. A European banking consortium, including the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), bought ABN Amro’s global operations in 2007, making RBS the owner of ABN Amro in New Zealand. In ...

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TSB TV commercial

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Most of New Zealand’s banks are Australian-owned. New Plymouth-based TSB uses its New Zealand ownership as a point of difference in this 2009 television advertisement.

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Flock of cows

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Since 2000 ASB bank advertisements have featured US actor Stephen Mellor as undercover banker Ira Goldstein, who is seeking the secrets of ASB’s success for an unnamed New York bank. Ira’s efforts to pass as a knowledgeable rural banker are undone when he refers to a ‘flock&...

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Green roof, University of Auckland

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Green roofs are a new type of green space in New Zealand’s towns and cities. The green roof on the Faculty of Engineering building at the University of Auckland was planted in 2006 by faculty researchers as an experimental project. The main purpose of green roofs is to make buildings more ...

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Marlborough Farmers' Market

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

One of the founders of the Marlborough Farmers’ Market, Chris Fortune, tells Peta Mathias why he appreciates farmers’ markets – particularly as a chef...

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