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Treasures from the Vaults

Treasures from the Vault

With Julian Millar and Sandy Ditchburn

Sound archivists, Julian Millar and Sandy Ditchburn will take you through the fascinating history of audio recordings in New Zealand and present a selection of sound treasures from our vaults. You can also get "hands-on" with some sound equipment and tape formats.

Ticket price includes a free drink (house wine/beer/OJ)

Here's just some of the historic and often evocative sound treasures Julian and Sandy will share:

  • Captain Pirimi Tahiwi (Ngāti Raukawa) talks about use of the haka “Ka mate, ka mate” by the Māori Contingent on Gallipoli in 1915.
  • Our earliest recording of “God Defend New Zealand” sung by Peter Dawson (an Australian!) in 1923.
  • Declaration of war against Germany in 1939 – Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage speaks to the nation via radio.
  • Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces Ed Hillary has reached the summit of Mt Everest in 1953.
  • A 1963 interview with elderly New Zealand women – the first in the world to vote back in 1893.
  • 2ZB report by Pete Sinclair in 1964 of the Beatles visit.
  • Reporting on the Wahine disaster in 1968.
  • Protests and the forced cancellation of the Hamilton test match during the Springbok Tour of 1981.
  • RNZ reporter Bridget Mills' recording during a phone interview as the 2011 Christchurch earthquake happened.