August 21, 2019
Film and sound archive heading for new home
The interim head of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Honiana Love, has welcomed the film, television and sound archive being part of a larger heritage archives precinct.
Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin because of problems with Archives New Zealand's existing Wellington building, she is considering a new national documentary heritage campus that brings together Archives, the National Library and possibly Ngā Taonga.
Ms Love says Ngā Taonga's existing building is earthquake prone and its vaults will eventually need upgrading.
She says the million items in its collection, including the Television New Zealand archives and much of Radio New Zealand's historic output as well as films, home movies and recordings, are an extraordinary social record that complements other archives.
"So we see collections like the early ethnographic work of the Dominion Museum and James McDonald, we see those in a number of collections including our collection, Te Papa, the National Library, those collections coming together to speak about an event is an amazing experience, coming from so many different directions," Ms Love says.
Highlights of the collection include the footage shot during the occupation of Bastion Point and the 1981 Springbok Tour protests, which have recently been digitised as a resource for future generations.
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