FOURTH ESTATE

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Seated in the studio beside a television set, presenter Brian Priestley, exclaims, by way of introduction, “What a time we’ve had trying to cope with all the letters that have been coming in; never had so many! ... The issue that really seems to upset people at the moment isn’t the Springbok tour or Think Big, it’s: How do you pronounce Whangarei?”

Extracts from letters follow - shown onscreen and read out in voiceover - on the merits of pronouncing “wh” as a simple English “f” sound.

An extract is presented from a Taranaki Herald front page article on a rise to 20% inflation predicted by Bank Of New Zealand economist Len Bayliss. Consideration of the ramifications of inflation and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) follows including udio from the National Programme’s Morning Report. The Prime Minister Robert Muldoon is quoted, dismissing the predicted rise, in the Nelson Evening Mail.

The Press (Christchurch) advertising board: “N.Z. to sign G.A.T.T.” Footage of Robert Muldoon holding a press conference on acceding to the General Agreement on Tariffs Trade (GATT) code on subsides before a US deadline the following month.

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Year 1981

Reference number F241260

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Series FOURTH ESTATE

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 00:14:45

Production company Television New Zealand

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Presenter: Brian Priestley