Choices for Girls
Ranging from the mid-1940s to the 1960s these films comprise a mixture of Government and independent productions, whether designed to promote a product or to encourage healthy living, they all share a common view on a woman’s place. The programme was selected as a companion to the Secret Century exhibition which was in the mediagallery in 2004.
DVD, B&W/Colour, 74 minutes
Weekly Review 174, Display by Wellington Girls College, National Film Unit, 1944 (Excerpt)
Building up strong and healthy girls for the future. Students perform exercises and formations for the Governor General and Lady Newell.
Can also be seen in F20449 WEEKLY REVIEW 174
Weekly Review 248, Learning Mothercraft, National Film Unit, 1946, (Excerpt)
In model classrooms in schools across New Zealand girls learn all the angles on homemaking. Some give up the idea of a career in favour of marriage and home.
See also ON DISK: REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN
Weekly Review 246, Health
Hospitals Meet Staff Problems, National Film Unit, 1946 (Excerpt)
In providing more comfort and living and less drudgery and working the hospital boards are keeping abreast of the times, so if a modern girl wants a good job hospitals are worth thinking about.
See also F736 WEEKLY REVIEW 246
The Final Link, Neuline Film Studios, 
Aimed at improving customer sales practise this film demonstrates how important the sales girl, the last link between the firm and the customer, is. You often judge a girl by her hands, especially when shes handling the food youre going to eat.
See also F19025 THE FINAL LINK
Powdered Sunshine, Robert Steele Motion Picture Production, 1952 (Excerpt)
An industrial film promoting Anchor Powdered Milk, this excerpt features Aunt Daisy offering a new recipe to radio listeners along with generous advice on running a household.
See also ON DISK: NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY: THE FIFTIES. PART ONE
A Friendly Career, National Film Unit, 1953
Of all the careers being made available to girls today there is none more congenial, more satisfying than that of the school dental nurse.
See also F7733 A FRIENDLY CAREER
Pacific Magazine 15, Looking for Leaders, Pacific Films, 1955
The great sisterhood of guides is desperately in need of leaders. Every woman who has the welfare of youth at heart can help loyal young New Zealand.
See also F12113 PACIFIC MAGAZINE 15
Cookery Nook, Pacific Films, 1955
Produced & directed by: Roger Mirams & John O'Shea
Camera: Roger Mirams
Editor: John O'Shea
Commentary: Dennis Hurley
With: Bill Ledsham, Fiona King, Rosina Eastmond, Robert Brett, Greta Greer
Made to promote the Edmonds Baking Powder Company, Cookery Nook has become a classic New Zealand short film. A man attempts to bake afternoon tea, with disastrous results. His daughter and her friends rush to the rescue, putting into practise the techniques they have learnt at school.
generous advice on running a household.
See also ON DISK: REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN -and - ON DISK: WOMEN AND WORK
The Story of a Nurse, University of Otago Medical School,  (Excerpt)
Director/script/photography/commentary: Daphne V. Lemon, Kathlene Falconer
With: Eunice Murray (Anne), Barbara Calder (Barbara), Frances Alison (Frances)
Most of you will marry one day, but you will find that if your choice of career is a wise one you will not only have more to offer your family when they are growing but you will have wider horizons and interests. Nurses are particularly well equipped to plan a happy home.
See also F29205 THE STORY OF A NURSE
The Art of Home Preserving, Colour & TV Films, 1962
Director: Lloyd Edwards
Script: W. Kingsley Ord
Home Science Advisor: Susan Baker
Commentary: Betty Hamlin
Produced for L.D. Nathan & Co. Ltd.
A woman demonstrates the art of home preserving.
See also F25485 THE ART OF HOME PRESERVING