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Wildcat

Price: NZ$26.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 70 mins
Year: 1981

Wildcat is the story of the timberworkers struggle and it’s bitter aftermath told by the workers themselves – bushmen from Kaingaroa, millhands from Kawerau and Waipa, stacker drivers from Kinleith: Maori and Pakeha, novices and old-time union battlers.

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Discontent amongst timberworks over the running of their union had been simmering for years. Members accused the national executive of exerting dictatorial control and of making deals with management which left timberworkers with some of the lowest wages and worst conditions in the country.

In 1977 this anger erupted in the growth of a remarkable rank-and-file movement aiming to oust the incumbent leadership and bring democracy to the union.

Workers from six major sites in the South Auckland region banded together to form the Combined Council of Delegates and began a series of actions climaxing in a full-scale strike which brought the timber industry to a standstill.

“Wildcat is something of a landmark in New Zealand film-making… Throughout the saga and this film epic proportions are reached at all times, the intelligence, the wit, and the articulation of this group of predominantly Polynesian workers makes one wonder… There are even moments of genuine lyricism, for example, when the strikers gather food for themselves and their families, when one can suddenly imagine oneself in the midst of revolution.”

-Paul Maunder, Sequence (Wellington Film Society)

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The New Right is Wrong

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A Trilogy of Films by Alister Barry

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 107/105/105 mins
Year: 1996/2002/2006

Someone Else’s Country
In a Land of Plenty
A Civilised Society

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Someone Else’s Country
During the early 1980’s, a group of rightwing economists quietly came to dominate policy development in the New Zealand Treasury.

With the election of the Labour Party in 1984 and the appointment of Roger Douglas as minister of finance, their plans were realised with the introduction of some of the most drastic economic reforms seen in a western democracy. This feature documentary tells the story of how the new right elite took power and exercised it relentlessly to turn our country into their version of the model free market state.

In a Land of Plenty
From the Great Depression of the 1930s to 1984, the first objective of economic policy was full employment.

But with the election of the Labour government in 1984 unemployment was made an instrument of economic management, to be manipulated in pursuit of other objectives.

This feature documentary tells the story of how the policies and institutions which had sustained full employment were abandoned and reconstructed to maximise the effectiveness of the new policy. The film shows the political battles fought inside and outside government and the increasing effects on the cultural, social and economic life of New Zealand as a new poverty-stricken underclass developed.

Using extensively researched archive footage and interviews with those close to the action, In a Land of Plenty traces the origins, the politics and the effects of New Zealand’s policy of unemployment through to the present day. This compelling documentary cuts through the smokescreens and spin doctoring to reveal the heart of Rogernomics and the modern free market economy.

A Civilised Society
This is the untold story of the epic struggle between teachers and the radical right during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1984 free market zealots took power intent on transforming public education. Schools were to be run as a business competing in the marketplace. Teachers passionately opposed this dog-eat-dog vision and battle was joined over the transfer of teachers’ unemployment from central government to schools, a process called ‘Bulk Funding’.

This is our history told from the front-line – parents, teachers and politicians,. We see archive footage of Treasury officials confidently espousing their theories, and ministers like Lockwood Smith forcing the changes. Board of Trustees wrestle with weighty decisions, while teachers march out of classrooms and onto the streets. Those ultimately affected – the students – face an increasingly unequal system. The struggle intensifies.

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The Hollow Men

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 98min
Year: 2008

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The inside story of a National Party election campaign
The most explosive book in New Zealand political history is now a film.

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Someone Else’s Country

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 107 mins
Year: 1996
Rating: Exempt

During the early 1980’s, a group of rightwing economists quietly came to dominate policy development in the New Zealand Treasury.

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With the election of the Labour Party in 1984 and the appointment of Roger Douglas as minister of finance, their plans were realised with the introduction of some of the most drastic economic reforms seen in a western democracy. This feature documentary tells the story of how the new right elite took power and exercised it relentlessly to turn our country into their version of the model free market state.

“A coherent and comprehensive account of the years which will define this country for a century to come” – New Zealand Herald

“…alarmingly enlightening.” – The Dominion

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Prospects

Price: NZ$26.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 25 mins
Year: 1989

This is the story of the first campaign to save the Coromandel from mining.

In 1986 gold mining companies were keen to begin prospect drilling in some of the most beautiful parts of the Coromandel. Locals began organising to stop them. Eventually protesters occupied drilling sites making it impossible for the prospecting to continue despite the intervention of the police.

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The media attention given to the protest campaign soon led the then Labour government to ban mining on the Coromandel and to the creation of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act which extended the same protection to other iconic parts of New Zealand.

It lasted two decades before a National government led by John Key in 2010, wanted to let the miners back in.

The film looks at the effects of the Waihi gold mine on the environment and Waihi township. It shows the effects of mining in the 19th Century including the poisoning of streams with heavy metal leachates exuding from the mines. This leachate continues to flow into coastal waters contributing to abnormally high levels of mercury in Hauraki Gulf snapper. The mining companies took their gold and left but a toxic legacy remains for generations to come.

Prospects was screened on TVNZ as off-peak viewing but still resulted in an expensive legal battle with the gold miners who claimed they had been misrepresented, a warning perhaps to others who think they can take on the might of transnational corporations.

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Primary Health Care

Price: NZ$30.80

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 24 mins
Year: 1981
Rating: Exempt

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This video shares the experiences of four Primary Health Care services; Urenui and Districts Emergency and Health Group; Newtown Union Health Service; Eketahuna Health Centre; Te Whare Rapuora Ki Porirua.

The members of these services show their enthusiasm for the primary health care approach, in providing information and ideas on how their
services were started and the issues community groups confront when they become involved in health care.

In rural Taranaki and Eketahuna, urban Newtown and Porirua health service were failing. The local people responded – overcame the obstacles & developed unique and appropriate primary health care services.

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