Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the operating name for the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero.
The archive was formed by the amalgamation of the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua, Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero and the Television New Zealand Archive. We are excited to bring New Zealand’s film, television and radio collections together at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, where they will be cared for by our specialist staff and in dialogue with each other tell richer stories about our country and its peoples.
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision holds a large and diverse collection of moving image and audio items, along with related documentation. The collections span Aotearoa’s sound and moving image history – from the earliest days of cinema, audio recording and television, to contemporary film, television, advertisements, music videos, computer games and radio productions.
At our Wellington head office we have weekly screenings from Wednesday to Saturday nights our cinema, a cafe, a gallery space and a searchable online catalogue and library viewing area - it's a great place to spend a few hours or even a couple of weeks.
We also have a range of medianet viewing sites at partner organisations around the country, a gallery and office in Auckland, and a Traveling Film Show which tours New Zealand.
Archives concentrate on storing items for posterity. Museums store items for presentation. Laboratories work on items for preservation.
At Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we do all of those things, juggling the sometimes-conflicting nature of public access, presentation and preservation.
Our Wellington cinema and travelling screenings, which tour our country's cities, towns and rural areas, present unique programmes of sound and moving image material that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in New Zealand. Our programmes are compiled using media of many different formats, through to modern digital copies.
We also present programmes depicting the growth of New Zealand. Whether it’s a yearning to know more about where we came from as a nation or a city, or simply just for kicks to see how someone’s street used to look at the turn of the century, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision provides a cultural experience unlike any other in New Zealand.
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto has honoured the New Zealand Film Archive with the 2011 Jean Mitry Award.
A large part of The White Shadow (1923), thought to be the earliest surviving feature by Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1990), has been found in New Zealand.
New Zealand is now part of the international community working to promote the importance of documentary heritage through the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.