Early footage of the timeless natural scenery of Aotearoa

In 1909, Mr. W. Franklyn Barrett of the renowned French film-making firm Pathé Frères was entrusted to travel through New Zealand and capture scenic sights that the world would otherwise not know existed. Barrett did exactly that, and the fruits of his labour were later featured in two short films from Pathé Frères – Across the Mountain Passes of New Zealand, and Coasts of New Zealand. 

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About Norm Hatch

The late Norman J. Hatch was a World War II combat cameraman who witnessed and filmed some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific War.

His efforts ended with, an Academy Award  for footage so brutal that it took special permission from President Franklin Roosevelt to allow his documentary on the Battle of Tarawa to be shown to the American public in 1944.

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Introducing the Norm Hatch Collection

Between June 1942 and November 1943, around 21,000 US Marines arrived in the Wellington region to prepare for or recover from combat in the Pacific. They were among about 50,000 American servicemen who would be posted in New Zealand during World War 2, an event that would have a lasting impact on local culture.  

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40 years of the New Zealand Film Archive

Forty years ago, the New Zealand Film Archive was born. It had only one full time employee, a cinephile named Jonathan Dennis, who had just returned from touring film archives in Europe to learn as much as he could about the work ahead.

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