Beehive, Wellington, 26 January 2016: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s new website, which makes archive film and audio recordings available to all New Zealanders, was launched today by Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.
“This important website connects New Zealanders with their heritage in an exciting and accessible way,” Ms Barry says.
“Whether you want to watch a long-forgotten silent film in black and white, old episodes of a certain popular garden show, or listen to the earliest days of New Zealand radio, the website is a fascinating, comprehensive and convenient resource.”
The website brings the former New Zealand Film Archive and Radio New Zealand catalogues into one place for the first time in an easily-searchable modern format.
Ngā Taonga plans to add the Television NZ archive, an online education programme and more interactive features in future.
“This is a sign of continued commitment to future-proofing our stories and history, and ensuring all of us can freely access valuable and historic material from the archives.”
Ms Barry also officially launched For King & Country: New Zealand’s First World War on Film, a free 70-minute film available for groups, clubs and educational institutions to screen, free of charge.
Telling the story of New Zealand’s journey to war and back, from New Zealand soldiers training in Egypt to the armistice and the return home of the Māori contingent, it includes excerpts from 37 different films from the First World War, including recently repatriated archive footage from Europe, Australia, USA and the UK.
“For King & Country will enable many more people to glimpse our national experience during the First World War,” Ms Barry says. “Archive film footage like this puts the viewer right in a historical moment in a way other mediums can’t emulate.”
The new website and more information about For King & Country can be found at www.ngataonga.org.nz