Pricking the South Sea bubble: from fantasy to reality in Labour–led New Zealand

Bale, Tim (2003) Pricking the South Sea bubble: from fantasy to reality in Labour–led New Zealand. Political Quarterly, 74 (2). pp. 202-213. ISSN 0032-3179

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The fact that so few people either know or care very much about New Zealand may occasion same passing regret and even a little frustration among its inhabitants. But it is not the national obsession that some make it out to be. Recent efforts to exploit interest in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, filmed in New Zealand, do not simply reflect the understandable, if pathological, desire of a small island nation to be noticed. They have rather more to do with the hard-headed hope that Frodo and friends will further boost the tourism that plays an increasingly important role in an export sector still dangerously dependent on primary production. Likewise, the attention paid to the America's Cup (a regular gathering of rich men messing about in expensive boats) has as much to do with bringing dollars into downtown Auckland and its super-yacht industry as with the desire to show the world a thing or two in spite of the decline of the once-dominant All Blacks.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ3995 Australia. New Zealand. Pacific Ocean islands
Depositing User: Tim Bale
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:33
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2012 09:21
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