Happy 40th New Zealand Film Archive / Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision

In 1981 the New Zealand Film Archive was established as a charitable trust with the goal of preserving New Zealand’s increasingly fragile film heritage.

Later, in 2012-2014, the Film Archive amalgamated with the Television New Zealand Archive and became Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

Historical footage from their extensive collection feature in two key series highlighted below. These are available in our TV and Radio database.

The Way We Were

Logo image for the documentary series: The Way We Were

The Way We Were (1996), is a documentary series that looks at New Zealand during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s illustrated through film and storytelling.

Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua: Treasures from the Film Archive

Logo image for documentary series Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua: Treasures from the Film Archive

This series (2010-2011) highlights some of Ngā Taonga’s footage of Māori tribal events and gatherings dating back to 1901.

Preservation challenges

Two news bulletins from the 1980s give a sense of the early years and the challenges the New Zealand Film Archive faced:

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