Cassette tape held in hands.


Discover stories of Aotearoa New Zealand, as told through precious sound recordings in the Archive.

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24 June 2016

Broadcaster and historian Peter Downes wrote to us in response to a recent blog entry about the history of popular music charts in New Zealand.
Esme Stephens looking past the camera.

31 May 2016

The mention of a name in a sound recording leads to a personal family journey.
Rural house.

7 April 2016

In New Zealand, it began just over 50 years ago and recordings in the Sound Collection of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision tell the story of the roots of talkback.
Image from "Women's Hour", which includes personalities from NZBC commercial stations in 1960.

22 March 2016

Watch a presentation by Peter on the beginnings of radio recording and archiving in this country.
Photo of Peter Downes.

8 December 2015

The lives of fifty Māori women of Te Waipounamu (the South Island) are the focus of a new exhibition at the Otago Museum.
On a linoleum table sits a radio, a box of teabags, a teapot, a milk jug and three teacups

25 November 2015

100 years ago this week, the New Zealanders still grimly hanging onto the slopes of Gallipoli were dealt yet another blow.
Two Australian soldiers standing in the snow outside a dugout on the Gallipoli Peninsula in WWI.

9 November 2015

A project to digitise and describe the New Zealand Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit Collection.
Mobile unit recording truck

2 November 2015

Audio conservator Sandy Ditchburn has found that local knowledge and a great phone technique can be handy tools when researching archival sound recordings.
A record on a record player. The label reads 'Dominion of New Zealand, National Broadcasting Service'

30 October 2015

World War One commemorations have provided the impetus for a number of projects at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
The musical notation for the waiata E Pari Rā.

22 October 2015

Recollections from New Zealand nurses who survived the sinking of the Marquette 100 years ago
A stained glass window depicting two nurses

31 July 2015

The discovery of a World War I diary in archives in Wellington has become published - 'The Battle of Messines Road'
JK and WJ Moloney, The Battle of Messines Road (2015: Christchurch, Willson Scott)

15 July 2015

On the 15th of July 1915, the transport ship Willochra brought back to Wellington the first group of men who had been wounded in the Gallipoli campaign.
A big ship the SS Willochra arrivees in Wellington harbour in 1915.

24 February 2015

This ship to shore recording is possibly the first example of its kind to have been heard over the New Zealand radio waves, recorded on 31 August 1936.
Publicity poster promoting the Awatea. Courtesy of Cruising the Past.

3 February 2015

The first New Zealander to die in combat in World War I, 100 years ago this week, was Private William Arthur Ham of Ngatimoti.
A newspaper article with a photograph of Private W.A Ham in military uniform

22 December 2014

Perhaps you have heard the moving story of the famous “Christmas Truce” of World War I, which took place on the Western Front 100 years ago this week?
Troops in Gallipoli at Christmas 1914, standing around in there winter coats.

9 December 2014

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Radio Collection contains hundreds of recordings made during World War II.
Black and white photo of children posing on a ship

2 December 2014

The New Zealand Oral History 1946-1948 collection is a unique assemblage of broadcast oral histories recorded by the Mobile Unit around New Zealand after World War II.
A woman stands in front of a banner for Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand

30 January 2014

A celebration of vintage recipe books and the discovery of a hidden gem: 'The Personality Cook Book'.
Woman in a bikini with the writing 'Squash & Sauna Centre, Lower Hutt, on her stomach.

18 October 2013

Our team has come across this poetic ode to Wellington’s gusty weather, by a returned WWII soldier.
Bank of New Zealand on the corner of Lambton and Customhouse Quays in Wellington (c1940s)