Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'Toehold on a Harbour' - Wellington in 1965

Toehold on a Harbour (1966) [CC available] by SchleyYosef

The two of us based in Wellington saw a restored print of this 10½ minute NFU documentary from 1965 at the Wellington Film Festival yesterday.

It starts off with a flyover including a view of Tinakori Road pre-motorway and has some good if brief shots of Wellington buses and a few electric multiple units.  There are views of the Northern Star in the harbour and some conventional cargo vessels.

For locals the main difference from how Wellington looks now is the massive replacement that has taken place of buildings in the central business district. And while most government departments and agencies are still based in Wellington, nearly all business head offices have gone to Auckland.

The above version is unrestored (apart from the fluff, the main problem is the magenta cast); let's hope the Archives NZ will upload a copy of the restored version soon.

In the meantime, make sure you see our two books on Wellington.

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