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Auckland blackout, 1998

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Auckland’s 1998 power crisis resulted in a loss of supply to parts of the city that lasted for five weeks. While the city centre ‘throbbed with diesel generators and looked like a war zone’, hospitals cancelled operations, factories halted production, and staff lost pay. Eleven years and a ...

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Auckland’s ‘pick-a-back’ span

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This film clip shows a giant span being floated into position during the final stages of building the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1958. The span was built on top of another span, which had already been built, then the two were barged into position between two piers, and the top span was attached. ...

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Auckland – the big little city

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Heart of the City, a promotional group made up of merchants from Auckland’s central business district, launched a campaign around the slogan ‘the big little city’ in 2008 to encourage people to shop in the central city instead of suburban malls. Coming up with good slogans about...

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Carpet manufacture

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In the 20th century carpet manufacture became one of the major items produced by woollen mills. By 1968, for example, New Zealand mills produced 10,000 tonnes in total. This 1964 film, Wall to wall, shows the highly mechanised process for making carpet.

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Weaving a cloak

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Dame Rangimarie Hetet shows how flax and feathers are woven into a cloak. The flax leaves are scraped to get the strong muka (fibre). This is softened by pounding before being woven with feathers.

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A southern tour

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In this 1963 film clip, ‘a cheery coachful speeds south’ from Christchurch at the start of an extensive tour of the southern South Island, in a Mount Cook coach. Many coach companies ran tours for domestic and overseas tourists.

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Naked Bus

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On the Naked Bus, all passengers book online and the first to do so for any journey pays just $1 plus a 70-cent booking fee. The company, which fills the unsold seats of other operators’ coaches, is the brainchild of former transport consultant Hamish Nuttall. He followed the business model of ...

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Opening Palmerston North station

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The opening of a new railway station at Palmerston North in 1963 by the minister of railways, John McAlpine, was a gala occasion attended by thousands. The new station was at an important junction on the North Island main trunk line, and boasted the latest equipment and facilities.

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Work and play

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This 1948 newsreel shows Railways Department staff at work, and socialising after hours. Until the 1980s the department was the main employer in many small towns, and often provided social facilities for its employees.

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Debate on suicide reporting

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Following strong evidence that press coverage of suicides led to copy-cat behaviour, restrictions have been placed on reporting of suicide in New Zealand in the media. Not everyone agrees with this policy. Here, the former race relations conciliator, Gregory Fortuin, presents his view that there ...

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Jim Anderton at SPINZ Seminar Series 2008

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Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand (SPINZ) was established in 1999 as an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation and the Centre for Youth Health. Initially the service focused on youth, but from 2004 it was broadened to include all ages. The service aims to provide high-quality ...

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Gloriavale

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Modestly dressed young people play sport and sing together in this film clip showing the conservative Christian community of Gloriavale in 2006. Gloriavale, in a remote part of the South Island's West Coast, was founded by independent preacher Neville Cooper (also known as Hopeful Christian). ...

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Crimewatch

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Crimewatch, which first screened in 1987, not only featured reconstructions of crimes and sought information from the public, it also gave advice on things such as personal security.

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Topp Twins

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Well-known and -loved entertainers Jools and Lynda Topp, who perform as the Topp Twins, are lesbians. In this clip from the 2009 documentary The Topp Twins: untouchable girls, the pair explain in their inimitable humorous style how they came to know they were lesbians, and how their ...

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Growing up in the Exclusive Brethren

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Members of the Exclusive Brethren church are encouraged to have large families. However, their children live quite separate lives from other New Zealand children. They are not allowed to form friendships with people outside the church, who are known as 'worldlies'. Watch this clip from ...

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Wellington abortionist

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Wellington’s Flo Radcliffe became well known, in part because of publicity when she was tried and convicted for procuring abortions. Radcliffe did not provide a cheap service – in the mid-1940s she was charging £30, the equivalent of $2,240 in 2009 dollars – but she did ...

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Challenging the Abortion Supervisory Committee

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In 2005 Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, challenged the Abortion Supervisory Committee in the High Court. The group argued that certifying consultants were allowing too many women to get abortions on the grounds of mental health, and that many women were coerced into having abortions. Women...

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Spirit of Adventure

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Teenagers take charge of sailing the Spirit of Adventure off Banks Peninsula in 1982.

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Black Tuesday

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On 20 October 1987 the news of share market falls on Wall street sparked a dramatic day of selling on the New Zealand market. In this television clip John Hudson reports on the pandemonium.

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They’re stealing our stuff

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Many insurance companies formed in New Zealand have been sold into foreign ownership since the 1990s. This TV advertisement for NZI aims to encourage customers to insure with a locally owned company. However NZI itself later became part of the Australian-owned IAG group. Courtesy of...

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