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New Zealand at Home - new documentary series

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Is the battle to save New Zealand's 20th century architectural heritage being lost? This 8 part documentary series shows us what it means to be a New Zealander and to build, decorate and inhabit the…

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Is the battle to save New Zealand's 20th century architectural heritage being lost? This 8 part documentary series shows us what it means to be a New Zealander and to build, decorate and inhabit the New Zealand dream...... Leading historian Douglas Lloyd Jenkins makes the case for ensuring that the 20th century house does not become a victim of a wholesale redevelopment and individual re-modelling by celebrating the New Zealand house over the past 100 years.

New Zealand at Home - TV ONE Saturday July 8th at 5pm (8 episodes)

Image: Worst house, best street, the Brenner Associates House in Meadowbank (1951)

Is the battle to save New Zealand's 20th century architectural heritage being lost? This 8 part documentary series shows us what it means to be a New Zealander and to build, decorate and inhabit the New Zealand dream...... Leading historian Douglas Lloyd Jenkins makes the case for ensuring that the 20th century house does not become a victim of a wholesale redevelopment and individual re-modelling by celebrating the New Zealand house over the past 100 years.

New Zealand at Home - TV ONE Saturday July 8th at 5pm (8 episodes)

Image: Worst house, best street, the Brenner Associates House in Meadowbank (1951)

He tells the story of New Zealand radicalism", not only by indigenous architects, but by the many craftspeople and designers who made significant contributions to New Zealand's cultural development. Peeling back the layers of a social history, Douglas explores how we have lived, and continue to live, in environments created for us, united in the pursuit of the contemporary New Zealand home. At last a series of insightful programmes that celebrate our house - where it has come from and where it's going. A house is more than it's walls. A house is history made into fact.

Production Information
Episode Summary
Episode 1: On the Beach
Maori and Pakeha, we arrived on the beach with no idea of a New Zealand architecture - this is the story of the earliest New Zealand houses and how two different peoples came together.

Episode 2: The Villa
The villa; we all love them, except for those that hate them! This is the story of the ups and downs of the Villa.

Episode 3: The Principled House
The Arts & Craft movement brought with it the idea that a good house can encourage us to live better. This episode looks at how good living, health and fitness created the Bungalow.

Episode 4: Hollywood and Back Inspired by the movies, New Zealand opts for glamour or at least the illusion of it - from the Spanish Mission and Art Deco styles of Napier in the 1930's to the State house.

Episode 5: Lessons in Living New approaches to architecture sourced in Europe were imported and soon adapted to local conditions. From the icy white cubes of the early modern to the black creosote of the architects of the 1940's and 50's.

Episode 6: Modernism Triumphant To get people to be enthusiastic about fighting a war you had to promise a better peace. Part of this was to offer a dream home to those that returned.

Episode 7: Going Bush It was the 1960s and 70s and 'everyone' went hippy. How earthy can a house be?

Episode 8: Pacific Home Post modernism changed what a house looked like, but in the change, the New Zealand house finds its feet or does it?

Locations From Wellington to Waiheke.....Timaru, Havelock North, The Far North, Canterbury, Banks Pennisular, Sumner, Titahi Bay, Devonport, Wellington, Silverstream, Mt Eden...... and loads of places in-between.

Written by

The Big Idea Editor

7 Jul 2006

The Big Idea Editor