TVNZ Collection


ONE News presenters Jim Hickey, Wendy Petrie, Simon Dallow and Andrew Saville (TVNZ, 2013).

On 1 August 2014 guardianship of the Television New Zealand Archive was transferred to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Ngā Taonga now manages the Television New Zealand Collection, as it is now known, on behalf of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Existing Television New Zealand Archive relationships and systems have remained in place following the change in organisational structure. There has been no change of physical location or rights ownership for the Television New Zealand Collection. Licensing for TVNZ footage use will continue to be managed by TVNZ Footage Licensing.

For more information about accessing TVNZ content, please visit TVNZ Licensing.

What is in the TVNZ Collection?

The TVNZ Collection contains over 600,000 hours of original New Zealand television, including:

  • news bulletins
  • current affairs programmes
  • documentaries
  • historic sports games
  • entertainment
  • drama series (including Kiwi classics such as Pukemanu and Close to Home)
1" tapes stored in the TVNZ Collection vault.

In addition, it houses copies of the New Zealand National Film Unit collection, consisting of government-produced films from the 1940s through to the 1980s, and early New Zealand Broadcasting Commission filmed material.

Items in this large collection are on a range of analogue and digital formats – from film to master broadcast format tapes – preserved in expansive, custom-built vaults.

Watch a behind the scenes video on Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s preservation work caring for the TVNZ Collection
Fresh (TVNZ, 2014)

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