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Film in the Colony Symposium

2 Dec 2016

We invite papers that investigate the cross-cultural processes of film production in the colonial context, for a July 2017 symposium at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington.

Lifting the Bonnet on Kiwi Motorsport's Screen Heritage

24 Nov 2016

From the golden era of Kiwi legends such as Bruce McLaren, NZ’s motorsport film heritage is coming out of the archive and onto the screen during December at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Wellington cinema.

Earthquake Update

15 Nov 2016

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington, Avalon and Christchurch have been assessed as sound following the earthquakes. All of our branches are open as usual.

Preserving a Photo Album

11 Nov 2016

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has digitally preserved and published online a fragile photo album of New Zealand projectionists and cinemas dating back to the 1930s.

Debate on Digital Age Censorship

10 Nov 2016

Next week Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will host a public panel discussion in Wellington, that tackles the challenges of censorship in an age of high speed internet and international digital distribution.

CENSORED

3 Nov 2016

A Wellington season of banned films and debate marks 100 years of film censorship in NZ.

Meet the First Lady Mayor

27 Oct 2016

Ngā Taonga archivists have unravelled the mystery of New Zealand’s second-oldest surviving film – and oldest complete film. Watch the film and learn more.

Rare, Restored and Not Seen for 116 Years

21 Oct 2016

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is marking UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October) with a week of newly restored and rarely seen film.

Films That Shaped New Zealand

30 Sept 2016

To celebrate 120 years of cinema, a season of iconic New Zealand feature films, plus films from the new technology and artform's first tour of NZ in 1896, will screen at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington this October.

The Battle of the Somme

7 Sept 2016

On 15 September, 1916, NZ soldiers fought their first major campaign on the Western Front. To mark the centenary, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington will screen The Battle of the Somme, the ground-breaking 1916 documentary that changed the way the public perceived war and cinema.

Moana draws Pasifika Powerhouse

6 Sept 2016

A 90-year-old film of Samoa connected Pasifika filmmakers, artists, academics and students in debate at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington.

Olympic Fever

12 Aug 2016

Two very different Olympic stories from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collection of New Zealand feature films screen for Wellington cinema audiences between 17 and 25 August.

A Landmark in NZ Film and News

10 Aug 2016

2016 is the anniversary of a landmark moment for the New Zealand film and news industries. It is 75 years since the National Film Unit (NFU) was set up to screen newsreels for NZ cinema audiences.

Bringing a 90-Year-Old Film of Samoa Back to Life

26 July 2016

A rare chance to see and discuss an exceptional film, Moana with Sound (1926), in Wellington this September.

Soup & A Seat 2016

18 July 2016

Join us in Wellington for cinema condensed for your lunch break. Savour a steaming bowl of homemade soup, served with a series of tasty kiwi documentaries.

First Public Screening of Restored Film Brings Past to Life

18 July 2016

New Zealand’s first public screening of the newly restored 1921 film Scenes of Māori Life on the Whanganui River is tomorrow night (Tuesday 19 July), 6pm at the Whanganui Regional Museum.

An Audiovisual Archive for all New Zealanders

12 July 2016

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has launched its new direction as the audiovisual archive for all New Zealanders.

New Trustees Announced

5 July 2016

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has announced two new members on its board of trustees.

Remembering Eruera Te Whiti Nia

29 June 2016

It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Eruera (Ted) Te Whiti Nia, artist and filmmaker who died in Rarotonga on 9 June 2016.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2016

27 June 2016

Celebrate te reo Māori in dramatic and outstanding film at our cinema in Wellington.

Returning to Bastion Point

23 May 2016

Thirty-eight years after one of the most important protest events in New Zealand’s history, newly restored footage of the Bastion Point occupation and eviction will return to the people and place it was filmed.

Matariki Pūrākaunui | Matariki Stories 2016

23 May 2016

Join us in Wellington over the month of June for a feast of inspiring, thought-provoking – and a little bit spooky – Māori films and documentaries.

Māori and Pasifika Collection Goes International

20 May 2016

A showcase of Māori and Pasifika films from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collection will reach an international audience in Guam during the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016, from May 22 to June 4.

Siapo Cinema 2016

22 April 2016

Join us for Siapo Cinema 2016, a festival of moving images by, for and about Pasifika people and communities here and abroad. Wellington 10 - 21 May.

Wellington Access Radio Deposit Historical Audio Collection

6 April 2016

Wellington Access Radio is celebrating its 35th birthday and the archiving of its historical audio collection at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision this April.

Draft Strategic Plan Discussion

5 April 2016

The Board of Trustees of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision warmly invite you to a public discussion of our Draft Strategic Plan 2016-2024. We want your feedback on our vision and priorities for the next eight years. Please join us at one of four sessions to be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Gearing Up for Inaugural New Zealand Bicycle Film Festival

16 Mar 2016

The NZBFF launches in Wellington on April 5 and is crammed full of bicycle-related events. Workshops, panel discussions, competitions and screenings for schools have been programmed alongside internationally acclaimed movies and, of course, the best two-wheeler reels from the archive’s collection.

Changes to Opening Hours

1 Mar 2016

Changes to opening hours at our Wellington medialibrary and Auckland branch.

Reel Life in Rural New Zealand

1 Feb 2016

Films celebrating the Otago / Southland region will be screened 13 - 18 February in four woolsheds on Heritage New Zealand listed historic sites / places in Oamaru, Balclutha, Five Rivers and Bannockburn.

Rudall Hayward home movie

For King & Country

26 Jan 2016

For King & Country: New Zealand’s First World War on Film is a screening programme, available for loan by educational institutions, arts and cultural organisations, libraries, community groups and film societies situated within Aotearoa New Zealand.

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