Preservation Projects

Hilda Brodie Smith's Films

Hilda Brodie Smith, of Porirua, made a number of rather incredible documentaries during the 1960s. Her work was so distinctive and professional that she regularly won prizes in cine club competitions. Hilda’s films have recently been restored by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and are available to watch online.

Charlie Chilcott Photo Album

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has digitally preserved and published online a fragile photo album of New Zealand projectionists and cinemas dating back to the 1930s.

New Zealand's Second Oldest Film

Ngā Taonga archivists have unravelled the mystery of New Zealand’s second-oldest surviving film – and oldest complete film, The World's First Lady Mayor (Enos Pegler, 1900). Watch the film and learn more.

Trevor Berghan Discs

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision recently acquired an interview recorded in 1938/39 with All Black Trevor Berghan. Learn more about how our archivists preserved the discs in this blog post.

Bastion Point - Day 507

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision film conservators have worked with the original cinematographer, Leon Narbey, to produce a beautifully restored digital version of Bastion Point - Day 507 (1980).

Pacific Films Documentation

Read a blog post about the project to preserve the Pacific Films Productions Collection, one of the largest collections in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Documentation Collection.

NZBS Mobile Unit Collection

Read a blog post from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision archivists about the current project to digitise and describe the New Zealand Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit Collection.

World War I Films

Read a blog post from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision archivists about the opportunities the WWI commemorations have provided to digitise and improve the viewing experience of a set of 100-year-old films.

National Orchestra Discs

The archive is currently preserving a unique series of around 300 discs of music by New Zealand composers and early broadcasts by the National Orchestra (now The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra).

New Zealand's Oldest Surviving Film

Learn about the repair and preservation of New Zealand's earliest surviving piece of film, Departure of the Second Contingent for The Boer War (1900).

The Uncertain Season

Learn about the restoration of this 1962 TV programme produced by Shirley Maddock, the first woman to officially hold the title of Television Producer in New Zealand.

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