Story: Development assistance and humanitarian aid

Medical services in Samoa

In 1949 the New Zealand National Film Unit went to Western Samoa and made a short film for New Zealand viewers. Outlining the range of so-called 'European services' being introduced, the film included the section on nursing training shown here. The portrayal of New Zealand's administration was idealised: Samoa was the 'lotus land of the Pacific', with a mix of access to modern services and support for local traditions.

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Reference: Samoa. National Film Unit, 1949

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How to cite this page:

John Overton, 'Development assistance and humanitarian aid - Increasing aid, 19th century to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by John Overton, published 20 Jun 2012