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Kissing Babies

Kissing Babies

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When:

  • Wed 20 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 22 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 25 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 26 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 27 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 28 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 29 Aug ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 1 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 2 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 3 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 4 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 5 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 8 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 9 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 10 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 11 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 12 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 15 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 16 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 17 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 18 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 19 Sep ’14, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Level 2, Radio New Zealand House, 171 Hobson St., Auckland CBD Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

Official website

In light of the upcoming general election, "Kissing Babies" is a moving image exhibition presenting a lighthearted look at New Zealand politicians and how issues were represented across the 20th century.

Footage from as early as 1911 shows the flourishing of the novel moving image medium, providing a new platform to communicate political messages on.

Prime Ministers Savage, Fraser, Holland, Nash and Holyoake try to make friends with the camera to get your vote. Michael Joseph Savage stares down the barrel of the camera to proudly proclaim that his 1936 Government was looking forward to New Zealand "again taking place in the vanguard of human progress". Fourteen years later it was National’s turn and the film "You Must Decide" (1949) clearly spelt out the ideological divide between Socialism on the one hand, and its "menace to a man’s freedom" on the other.

Later footage will show that current political campaigning ain't what it used to be, and neither is the media coverage. You'll see politicians such as Bill Rowling, Robert Muldoon, David Lange, Jim Bolger and Helen Clark pepper the people with promises, bamboozle them with facts and figures and denounce their opponents, with a range of the big issues of the past covered: law and order, taxation and the state of the economy.

Our polling tells us that you'll be surprised at just how much and how little has changed.

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