Kōrero: Country towns

Reaction to a massage parlour

In Geoff Steven’s 1978 film Skin deep, a masseuse arrives in a small North Island town and establishes the Spa Health Clinic. As this clip suggests, some people in the community were not pleased by this invasion of urban values. The conformism and social repression of small-town New Zealand became a common stereotype of life in country towns.

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New Zealand Film Commission
Reference: Skin deep. Producer, John Maynard; director, Geoff Steven. Phase Three Films, 1978.

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Courtesy of Geoff Steven

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - A tight society, 1920–1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/19420/reaction-to-a-massage-parlour (accessed 7 December 2021)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008