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Object: Manu

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Title Manu
Production Unknown (maker/artist), 1968, New Zealand
Television New Zealand (creating agency), c 1968, New Zealand
Materials plastic, cloth
Classification dolls
Dimensions Overall: 500mm (Height) x 200mm (Width)
Credit line Gift of Whitebait TV Productions, 2004
Registration number GH014509

Manu, was a main character in the children's television programme Play School. The show was originally produced in the United Kingdom in 1964, but was then exported to various countries including New Zealand. Manu was New Zealand's own special Maori toy - she replace a West Indian doll named Hamble.

In New Zealand the show had content developed or adapted for kiwi children. It was produced between about 1968 - 1988, with the last show airing in 1990. The show was hugely popular and the toys continue to be fondly remembered by thousands of New Zealanders.

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