Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s moving image and sound archive.
We are an independent charitable trust. Our purpose is to collect, share and care for New Zealand's audiovisual taonga.
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi. We actively develop relationships with whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori organisations to ensure appropriate long-term care of and access to sound and moving image taonga.
The Collection | Te Kohinga
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision holds a diverse collection of more than 750,000 items, dating back to 1895 and spanning Aotearoa’s sound and moving image history.
The collection encompasses items made during the earliest years of cinema, audio recording and television, alongside contemporary film, TV, advertisements, music videos, computer games, and radio productions. We also archive documentation and props with a connection to film, TV and radio making in New Zealand.
All genres and modes of production are represented, from home movies, oral histories and experimental works, to public broadcasts, educational recordings and commercially released productions. Learn more about what we hold.
Preservation | Te Rokiroki
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision staff are experienced working with a variety of new and obsolete media formats.
Our team of archivists possess an assortment of specialist skills for preserving early and contemporary media technologies. These range from conservation of the earliest film and disc formats, through caring for varied audio tape and VHS formats, to use of current digital film production and television and radio harvesting technologies.
Our preservation work spans the analogue and the digital. The collections are stored in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults to prolong the life of the original copy; meanwhile digital copies are made to further safeguard the content. Digital preservation specialists on staff ensure that copies are made to very high resolution, to retain the quality of the original visual and audio detail, and that the large digital files are safely stored.
Access | Pā Mai
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision provides public access to material in the collection for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
We do this through public programmes including:
- Regular Wellington screenings and events
- Auckland screenings
- Free viewing libraries in Auckland and Wellington
- A specialist research library in Wellington
- A Travelling Film Show that tours the country
- The medianet digital video network, which has 17 stations across New Zealand
- Education resources for schools
- An online collections catalogue
In addition to our public programmes, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision facilitates re-use of excerpts from moving image, audio and documentation items in the collection by programme makers, the museum sector and researchers. Read more here about re-using collection items.
History | Ngā Kōrero o Nehe
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was formed by the amalgamation of the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua, Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero, and the Television New Zealand Archive between 2012 and 2014.
More Information about Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the operating name for the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero.
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