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Ngā mōtika me te tuku tono Rights & requesting

Rights information for the collection items we hold and how to make requests to use them.

All rights are reserved for all video, audio and photographic items on this website.

Rights information

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision are the kaipupuri (caretakers) of the collections we hold. We do not have the rights to authorise its re-use or distribution – these are retained by the legal rights holders.

We respect the rights of kaitiaki, depositors and copyright holders, including third party and moral rights. Rights clearances are part of the supply process.

We are a bicultural organisation that upholds the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our policies and practices. Archive consultation with kaitiaki (iwi / hapū and / or whānau) is required for supply requests of Taonga Māori Collection items.

For more information, please make a request with the title/s you are interested in.

Radio NZ collection

Radio New Zealand (RNZ) is the rights holder for many items in the Sound Collection. We act on RNZ’s behalf in most cases to clear use of these items.

TVNZ Collection

For public or commercial use, TVNZ has engaged Getty Images to license items on their behalf.

Len Lye Collection

We are able to license items from the Len Lye Collection upon request.

Requesting collection items

Most items in the collection can be made available for use in film or television productions, exhibitions and other projects.

Note that material available to watch and listen to online might not be suitable for use in all projects.

To enable access to more of our collection, the online collection includes older digitisations. These may not be suitable quality for reuse and are intended for reference use only. Our Customer Supply team will advise.

Browse the collection and create a list of the items you are interested in using My List. Our Help with searching page will assist you.

Once you have your list, make a request via the Make a request page.

If your request is urgent, please indicate your deadline.

Personal use requests

As Aotearoa New Zealand’s audiovisual archive, we care for a huge range of taonga.

Personal use refers to requests received from people wanting to access the collection either for their general interest or because they or their whānau connect to it directly.

These requests are subject to rights clearances and whether we have a digital copy available for sharing.

Personal use requests can be very resource intensive. We will endeavour to process as many of these requests as we can, but there may be some requests we will not be able to fill.


Many items in our collection require extensive processing before they can be made available. This takes time. Turnaround times depend on the nature of the request. Please allow 4-6 weeks at a minimum.


Online and on-site viewing of digitally available collection material is free of charge.

Please make a request to arrange on-site viewing at the National Library in Wellington.

See below for the standard cost of supplying collection items. Our pricing is guided by the principles of cost recovery and the kaupapa (purpose) of the request.

Please note that supply requests can involve different processes of digital preservation and rights clearances. Final costs will depend on the nature of the request.

The guide below provides indicative pricing information.

Collection access pricing guide

All prices are in NZ dollars and exclusive of GST.


  • Onsite viewing
    - Free of charge
  • Online collection viewing
    - Free of charge

Discounts are available for non-commercial requests. Please enquire.


  • We can help research our collection on your behalf
    - $120 per hour


  • Where applicable
    - $75 per item

Material supply

  • Digitally available Moving Image
    - $90 per item
  • Digitally available Audio / Documentation
    - $20 per item
  • Sound / Video / Documentation preservation is required
    - $150 per item
  • Film preservation is required
    - Price on application


  • Digital delivery
    - $15 per transfer
  • Other methods
    - Price on application


  • Per item charge
    - $75

Loan of Film, Documentation, Artefacts

  • Price on application

Other fees may be applicable and will be advised at the time of your request.

Ask to remove an item

In making collection items available for public access online, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision makes every effort to fulfil its legal, cultural, and ethical obligations.

However, if you believe an item has been posted on this website that is in breach of your rights, contains sensitive content or may be regarded as objectionable or defamatory, please make a request. Your message should include:

  • your name
  • the title and reference number of the item
  • your reason for requesting a takedown of this material
  • your relationship to the material in question.

We will acknowledge your request and respond to your message within three working days.