Many New Zealand documentaries of the 20th century featured the country’s stunning landscape in an effort to attract tourists and settlers.

Part of story: Documentary film

Film and broadcasting


Part of story: Creative life

Rangi’s catch

Part of story: Feature film

‘Experimental’ is a term often applied to films that use innovative strategies to represent time, images and ideas.

Part of story: Experimental film

After the Second World War, visits by Bodenwieser Ballet in 1947, Ballet Rambert in 1949 and the Australian National Ballet in 1952 rebuilt audience interest.

Part of story: Ballet

Many New Zealanders are passionate about sport, especially about the All Blacks rugby team.

Part of story: Sport and the nation

National identity is a form of social identity – meaning people’s understanding of who they are in relation to others.

Part of story: New Zealand identity

Educating the public – 1940 to 1960

Forming the National Film Unit

Part of story: Documentary film

Pioneering days

Earliest films lost

Part of story: Feature film

New Zealand and the movies

Going to the pictures

Part of story: Feature film

Government’s developing role

In the history of New Zealand government support for the arts the pivotal era is the 1940s. Before that decade central government sometimes acted as a kind of patron, but only on a case-by-case basis.

Part of story: Arts funding and support