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MOTORING - WORKHORSE ON WHEELS: Landrovers are proving very useful for a variety of New Zealand conditions and situations. The army owns a fleet of 540 and use them to the cross snowy and desolate terrain surrounding their Waiouru Camp. Over 2,000 Landrovers are used in agriculture; farmers muster sheep and attach spraying mechanisms to the vehicles, a country school bus is pulled out of the mud, at Wairaki scientists use them for transport, as do surveyors and road workers. A survey party drives Landrovers over sand dunes and along a beach, and someone even drives one up some steps in the middle of Wellington.

TRAVEL INAUGURAL FLIGHT: A new internal air service departs from Wellington airport with a Pacific Magazine cameraman on board. The plane flies to Napier for a brief stop and then over the Kaiangaroa Forest to Rotorua. A reporter from the local radio station is waiting to interview the captain, Colin Merrington. Onto Hamilton where the General Manager of the Tourist Department, Mr R. W. Marshall has nothing but praise for the new service.

THE LOST SECOND: Bert is feeling tired and his reaction times are slow. He waits for a traffic officer to direct him through the intersection on Tory Street in Wellington, after being momentarily distracted by a woman’s legs. When he is pulled over for a snap brake test, he proves that his reactions are slower than they should be. He is given a “reaction timer” to test himself with. At the office, things get worse. Bert is impatient and shows poor judgment. Down at the Waterloo Hotel, George, an executive, and Bert have a drink after work. Bert has just the one and safely drives home to his wife and children. George forgets he hasn’t had any lunch and stays too long, he doesn’t make it home at all!

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Year 1955

Reference number F12118

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Newsreel

Duration 0:13:04

Production company Pacific Films

Credits Producer: Roger Mirams
Producer: John O'Shea

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