New Zealand is acknowledged to be globalization’s experimental lab and an exemple for the rest of the world. The success of modernization in the former welfare state can be seen in blossoming inner cities with their glass palaces, pulsating business districts, street cafés and bistros. But there is another side, too: Marton, only a few years ago a bustling New Zealand town, reached dubious fame for its high number of teen suicides. Industrial wastelands and deserted commercial streets now mark the face of this provincial town. The two sides of the coin called globalization reflect the struggle between markets and politics, between the stock market boom and social balance – in New Zealand like in Germany on the other side of the globe. An example or a warning? The directors Sigrid Faltin and Peter Ohlendorf document the tense fight for globalization in New Zealand begun fifteen years ago, in the light of the current debate here.
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Bring us more reports like this. But make sure they are shown during prime time on Friday or Saturday evening instead of some game show.