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Documentation Team Leader Mishelle Muagututi'a in the Jonathan Dennis Library

We are New Zealand’s audiovisual archive. Our purpose is to collect, care for and share the audiovisual taonga of Aotearoa.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a charitable trust. We care for an ever-growing collection of films, radio, television, sound recordings, props and documents spanning 120 years of Aotearoa’s sound and moving image history.

We are 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.

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Our Work | Ā Mātou Mahi

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We collect and catalogue film reels, video tapes, sound records, props and documents and store them in climate controlled vaults. Our experts work against time to preserve original nitrate film, television broadcast tapes and sound recordings, before they degrade.  We digitally preserve audiovisual material to ensure that it stands the test of time for future generations.

We facilitate access to the collection for researchers, the media industry, the museum sector and anyone who wants to discover the audiovisual stories of the past. We manage rights and clearance processes so that images and sound from the archive can be re-used and shared wherever possible. You can visit our library facilities in Wellington – the Media Library and the Jonathan Dennis Library

You can attend our public programme of screenings and festivals at our Wellington cinema and café, and around the country. We host events and tours, and hold education sessions for school and community groups. 

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The Collection | Ngā Kohinga

Sound Team Leader Julian Millar in the vaults at Avalon,  Lower Hutt

We care for a diverse collection of more than 840,000 items, dating back to 1895. The collection includes film and television, sound and radio recordings, as well as video games, posters, artefacts and documents sourced from:

  • The New Zealand Film Archive, Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua
  • The Sound Archives, Ngā Taonga Kōrero
  • The Radio New Zealand Archive 
  • The Television New Zealand Archive
  • The NZ Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit collection
  • The Taonga Māori collection
  • Many other diverse collections including oral histories, home movies, and experimental works

History and Operation | Ngā Hītori me Ngā Whakahaerenga

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.

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.

We’re an independent charitable trust, governed by a Board of Trustees and funded by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and other generous supporters including The Lottery Grants Board and Te Māngai Pāho.

Our national office is located in central Wellington. We also have other offices in Lower Hutt, Christchurch and Auckland.

Our name and logo

Our name represents a continuity between past and present. It draws from the names of the organisations that came together to form this new integrated archive.

Our logo, along with it’s Takarangi double spiral, evokes a waka huia – a box for storing a person’s most prized possessions – whilst also visually echoing various types of sound and vision: an eye, an ear, a film reel, transmission waves, or a record spinning.

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