Story: New Zealand identity

Hardy pioneers

In 1940 the Government Film Studios produced a film, One hundred crowded years, to celebrate the centenary of New Zealand becoming part of the British Empire. The film included a tribute to the noble pioneers who had turned the bush into productive farms. This short extract shows a pioneer cutting down a huge tree while his wife collects water from a wild bush stream. 

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: One hundred crowded years. Government Film Studios, 1941

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How to cite this page:

Fiona Barker, 'New Zealand identity - The land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/34601/hardy-pioneers (accessed 14 April 2021)

Story by Fiona Barker, published 20 Jun 2012