AERODROME BUILDERS; etc

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Year

1942

NFU Picture/Sheet No.

Picture no. 23

Technical details

B&W, 4.5 minutes, 35mm, 422 ft.

Film Censor's Certificate No. U6610 (17 December 1941)

Weekly Release No. 18 Release Date: 2.1.42

Viewing copies

35mm film- 200,024

VHS Video- R.V. 549

VHS Video (Preview Tape)- BITC 32

Full Description

AERODROME BUILDERS; etc. 92 ft.

HEALTH CAMP AT OTAKI 211 ft.

LT. UPHAM V.C. 94 ft.

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Commentary

Archives New Zealand Nitrate Film Preservation Programme Commentary No: 1 Film title: AERODROME BUILDERS; etc. Item title: AERODROME BUILDERS Source document - National Archives reference: AAPG 6025/6a


AERODROME BUILDERS.

ON PARADE AT RONGOTAI FOR THE LAST TIME BEFORE GOING OVERSEAS IS ONE OF NEW ZEALAND'S AERODROME CONSTRUCTION UNITS.... MEN WHO ARE LEAVING BEHIND THEM THESE EXHIBITION MEMORIES --- MEN WITH SPECIAL SKILL FOR A SPECIAL JOB.

BULLDOZERS ABOARD.....THE UNIT FOLLOWS. THEY GO TO PREPARE MORE STRIKING BASES ON NEW ZEALAND'S OUTER DEFENCES.

THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE MUST HAVE MORE CAMPS...LANDING GROUNDS...HANGARS... WORKSHOPS... RADIO AND METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS.. AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE MEN WHO WILL MAKE AND MAINTAIN ALL THIS ESSENTIAL GROUND EQUIPMENT.

THEY LINE THE RAIL TO SAY GOODBYE....AERODROME BUILDERS OFF TO PREPARE THE GROUND FOR........ HAPPY LANDINGS!




Archives New Zealand Nitrate Film Preservation Programme Commentary No: 2 Film title: AERODROME BUILDERS; etc. Item title: HEALTH CAMP AT OTAKI Source document - National Archives reference: AAPG 6025/6a

HEALTH CAMP AT OTAKI.


HERE AMONG THE PINES AND SANDHILLS AT OTAKI IS THE WELLINGTON CHILDREN'S HEALTH CAMP....A CAMP WHERE CHILDREN IN NEED GET A REAL CHANCE TO REGAIN HEALTH AND STRENGTH.

IN THIS SMALL AND EVER-CHANGING COMMUNITY OF CHILDREN IS EVERYTHING THEY REQUIRE FOR THEIR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.

FIRST....FOOD. MILK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR DIET AND THEY GET NEARLY A QUART A DAY EACH.

AND PLENTY OF RAW FRUIT....FRESH VEGETABLES...WHOLEMEAL BREAD....BUTTER....CHEESE.....EGGS AND A LITTLE MEAT.

THE CAMP'S MODERN KITCHEN IS WELL EQUIPPED TO COOK FOR A STAFF AND A HUNDRED CHILDREN WHOSE APPETITES ARE SHARPENED BY THE FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE.

DINNER TIME! AND THESE HAPPY EXPECTANT FACES SHOW IT'S THE MOST POPULAR TIME OF THE DAY. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN ARE JUST IN NEED OF A HOLIDAY....SOME ARE CONVALESCENT...BUT MOST OF THEN WHO COME HERE FROM WELLINGTON HAVE SUFFERED FROM WRONG DIET ---- THEY ARE IN NEED OF THE RIGHT KIND OF FOOD...AND HERE THEY GET IT.

WITH DINNER OVER, IT'S REST TIME. AN HOUR'S REST FOR EVERYONE IN THE LARGE CIRCULAR DORMITORIES. GOOD FOOD... FRESH AIR...REST AND EXERCISE SOON BUILD UP THEIR STRENGTH. THEY EVEN GET REST AND EXERCISE AT THE SAME TIME..... THIS IS NOT A TIME-SAVING DEVICE.. THOUGH THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE IDEA.


Archives New Zealand Nitrate Film Preservation Programme Commentary No: 2 Film title: AERODROME BUILDERS; etc. Item title: HEALTH CAMP AT OTAKI Source document - National Archives reference: AAPG 6025/6a

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A VERY NECESSARY REQUIREMENT FOR GOOD HEALTH IS A HAPPY ENVIRONMENT...THERE ARE GAMES TO BE PLAYED IN THE SANDHILLS AND COMPANIONS TO PLAY WITH..... PERHAPS HOME LIFE AS MOST OF US KNOW IT IS LACKING BUT THE CAMP CONDITIONS ARE THOSE WHICH THESE CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE HAD AT HOME.

THERE'S HEALTHY PLAY

AND WORK IN SCHOOL. ALL PLAY AND NO LESSONS WOULD SET THESE CHILDREN BACK IN THEIR SCHOOLING SO THEY HAVE A SCHOOL ALL OF THEIR OWN WITH THREE TEACHERS. IT'S SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO LET IN FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE. GOOD HEALTH IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD PROGRESS AT SCHOOL AND OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURES DEPEND ON BOTH.

THE CHILDREN'S WEIGHT IS IMPORTANT AND IT'S WATCHED CAREFULLY. AFTER ABOUT SIX WEEKS IN THE CAMP MOST OF THESE CHILDREN WILL GO HOME POUNDS OVER THEIR NORMAL WEIGHT........

AND THEY'LL GO HOME HAPPIER TOO, BETTER FITTED FOR THE FUTURE.


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