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Oldman collection

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English art dealer William Oldman amassed a significant collection of Māori and Pacific artefacts in the first half of the 20th century. He purchased the items from museums in the northern hemisphere and never actually visited the Pacific. New Zealand scholars visited him at his home in London ...

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Modern interior

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The modernist aesthetic promoted simple forms, built-in furniture and open-plan living. This 1954 Pictorial Parade newsreel shows a Napier home that incorporates these ideas, making maximum use of the available space while avoiding clutter.

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Progressive Newmarket

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Closing down

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During the early 2000s cheap furniture imports from China meant many New Zealand factories were unable to profitably compete and shut up shop. This television news clip from 2005 examines the experience of the Abraham Furniture factory in Waimate.  

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Goodbye pork pie, 1981

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Geoff Murphy's outrageously entertaining road movie showed New Zealanders that their own films could be as much fun as anything else in the world. Goodbye pork pie was also the first New Zealand feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival and sold widely overseas. Made for ...

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New Zealand School of Dance graduation, 2013

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The graduation season of the New Zealand School of Dance in 2013 included First light, choreographed by student Laughlan Prior with dancers Tirion Law and Stefaan Morrow. First light was also performed at the closing-night gala of the Asian Grand Prix, an ...

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Street newspaper, 1944

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During wartime, public demand for up-to-date news coverage is strongest, yet media may face restrictions on their work. During the Second World War, news of overseas battles and supplies of imported newsprint were both strictly controlled by the government. This 1944 government newsreel shows how...

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Theatre Corporate, 1979

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This clip from Shirley Horrocks's 1979 documentary Ensemble shows Wellington's Theatre Corporate rehearsing and performing Chekhov's The seagull. Its director, Raymond Hawthorne, was the driving force behind the formation of Theatre Corporate in 1974. 

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Centennial Exhibition

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Edmund Anscombe was the architect of the Centennial Exhibition fair, which was held at Rongotai, in Wellington, for six months from November 1939. Once the fair was in full operation, Anscombe shot a film of the scene. It was silent but was in colour – one of New Zealand's first colour ...

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One hundred crowded years

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The Government Film Studios at Miramar produced a centennial film, One hundred crowded years. It was dedicated to the European pioneers of New Zealand and proudly portrayed the way the country had been transformed by a century of material progress. This clip shows a pioneering man ...

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Bishop Vercoe's speech at Waitangi, 1990

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The words spoken by Bishop Whakahuihui Vercoe, the Anglican bishop of Aotearoa, at Waitangi on 6 February 1990, have become one of the most famous speeches in New Zealand history. Before Queen Elizabeth, many dignitaries and a large crowd, and on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the ...

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Don't let it get you, 1966

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New Zealand's biggest pop stars, including Howard Morrison and Lew Pryme, played themselves in this exuberant musical comedy. Set in Rotorua during a music festival, it celebrates the region's tradition of hospitality, as Morrison takes care of an unemployed and lovesick drummer. During ...

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Dargaville's 50th jubilee

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In 1958 Dargaville commemorated its 50th jubilee as a borough with a display of old furniture and clothing, and a street parade representing the different communities of the town. This Pictorial Parade film records the event. There were many such celebrations in smaller communities during the ...

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Returning home

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Alexander Grant and Rowena Jackson, two of the best-known of the New Zealand dancers who went overseas to train, can be seen in this 1960 National Film Unit documentary. Also shown is Jackson's husband, the English dancer Philip Chatfield, well known in his own right.  The exodus...

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Language in the workplace

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Sociolinguist Allan Bell has studied the use of language in the workplace. In 1996 he created the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project. Bell's research has led to steps to improve workplace communication. One tool is Immigration New Zealand's Worktalk website, where people can ...

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National Art Gallery, 1949

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The National Art Gallery was requisitioned by the air force during the Second World War and the artworks were stored in Hastings. The art returned in 1949. Watch this film clip and take a tour through the gallery. The only painting in a modern style on film is Frances Hodgkins's 'Ruins

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Laurence Olivier's company in New Zealand, 1948

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The greatest Shakespearean actor of his time, Laurence Olivier, and his wife and co-star Vivien Leigh, created a minor sensation when they landed at Paraparaumu airport, north of Wellington, in 1948. They were on a nationwide tour of New Zealand with their London-based company, the Old Vic. It ...

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Lucy Lawless, 1997

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Actor Lucy Lawless's Broadway debut came when she appeared in the musical Grease in 1997, as the bad-girl character Betty Rizzo. She had previously played the title role in the television series Xena: warrior princess.  In this clip from a 1997 TV programme, ...

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Provincial touring company, 1950

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In New Zealand and elsewhere, live theatre was severely affected by the rise of cinema. Many performing venues and theatre companies closed in the 1930s and 1940s. By 1950, when this newsreel was made, the country was again considering the possibility of a professional theatre company. A group of...

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Skating a dam spillway, late 1970s

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Skateboarding became big in New Zealand in the mid-1970s. Children and teenagers skated on any surface that was remotely suitable. Skateboarding was not only a recreational and sporting pursuit but a demonstration of rebellious freedom, as skaters rode on and in places originally intended for ...

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