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Time in Motion: The Pictures on Sunday

The New Zealand Film Archive and Auckland Museum


Time in Motion: The Pictures on Sunday

People's Voice

A screening programme that takes a looks back at protest, rallies and people's movements. People’s Voice features the1951 Waterfront Lockout, Vietnam War protests, the 1981 Springbok Tour, and other moments in our history when people have found cause to speak their mind…

Venue: Manaia Room, Auckland Museum

Date: Sunday 29th August

Time: 3.00 pm

Entry: Free (once inside the Museum)

Auckland Bakers' Strike: Procession of Chinese Bakers In New Zealand

Pathé Freres, [1913], 1 min

Crowds watch as brass bands, decorated horse-drawn floats and bakers dressed in white aprons and hats parade down Auckland’s Queen St. There is no air of a strike about this film. It is more likely to be a Trade Union occasion, perhaps connected to the Unity Congress. An authority on Chinese history at the Turnbull Library has found that contemporary census records revealed no evidence of Chinese being bakers in this period, and indeed he does not think the participants appear Chinese. Further research by David Verran (Family History Centre, Auckland Public Library) suggests it is actually an early Labour Day parade. The Bakers’ Union records at the University of Auckland Library show a still photo of one of the floats in this film taking part in a Labour Day parade ca.1910.

How the film received its title is still a matter of speculation.

Industrial Unrest. Carpenters Union Protest Parade

Cine Dept. Kodak Auckland, 1951, 2 mins

A banner reads "Auckland Carpenters & Joiners Union Build Well For Posterity." Hundreds of workers holding and waving their banners march down Auckland’s Queen Street during an industrial protest. Trams and pedestrians pass by during the street march.

Fighting Back – excerpt Cecil Holmes, 1949, 5 mins During the carpenters’ dispute of 1949 the Carpenters Union was de-registered by Peter Fraser’s Government. Pacific Magazine 21 - excerpt: "Report On Nelson" Pacific Films, 1955, 7 mins The decision to demolish the railway line from Nelson to Glenhope caused a controversy among the people of Nelson. A group of women, including Sonja Davies, sat on the railway tracks at Kiwi in protest of the demolition. The arrested "railsitters" made international news.

Shattered Dreams – excerpt Trade Union History Project, 1990, 5 mins Footage of the 1951 Waterfront Lookout, an event that shook Auckland and the rest of New Zealand.

Cinesound Review 1489: New Zealand. Thousands Protest Against South Africa Cinesound Productions, 1960, 1 min Thousands of protesters gather at an Auckland rally to demonstrate against the decision for an All Black team, chosen without any Maori players, to go to South Africa. Leading the march up Queen Street is Lt. Col. Awatere, commander of the Maori Battalion. The team will go, but many feel it is a sorry day for the All Blacks.

Vietnam War Protest – excerpt 1965, 4 mins An interview with Auckland University student Julian Rosenburg in which he discusses the reasons for a 7 day hunger vigil outside a National Bank on Queens Street in protest over New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam war.

Rebels In Retrospect – excerpts Vanguard Films, 1990, 4 mins Prominent members of the Progressive Youth Movement (PYM) reflect on their involvement with the group during the era of the Holyoake government and Vietnam War. Political scientist Rod Alley gives his assessment of the impact of the PYM.

Mururoa 1973 – excerpt Alister Barry, 1973, 10 mins A cross section of New Zealanders joined the crew of the anti-nuclear ship Free to sail from Whangarei to Mururoa Atoll on the 20th March 1973 to protest against French nuclear testing. The Free was overtaken by the French and the crew were taken to Mururoa Atoll, then to Hao Atoll.

Te Matakite O Aotearoa – excerpt Seehear, 1975, 5 mins The Maori Land March began on Sunday 13th September 1975 from Kapo Wairua (Spirits Bay in the far north) and from Te Hapua Marae, New Zealand's northern most marae. It ended at Parliament Buildings in Wellington. In this section we see the March walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Bastion Point: The Untold Story – excerpt Morrison Grieve, 1999, 4 mins Excerpts from a documentary that looks at the events of the occupation of Bastion Point by the Ngati Whatua people of Orakei in 1977.

Visible Evidence - excerpt Trevor Haysom Enterprises, 1996, 7 mins NZ documentary photographers discussing their work. This excerpt focuses on their coverage and experiences of protests during the 1981 Springbok Tour. Total running time: 55 minutes approx.

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