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Nau mai ki te kawerongo o Hōngongoi o Ngā Taonga — welcome to our July newsletter

As winter sets in, keep warm with a look at how we preserve our audiovisual taonga, a trip around Hawke's Bay and a new mystery to ponder.

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In this issue:

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Preserving audiovisual taonga
Collection Developer Ramarihi MacDougall.

Ka nui te ngākaunui o Ramarihi MacDougall ki tana tūranga mahi e kapo haere nei ia i ngā hua a Te Māngai Pāho, otirā ngā hōtaka pouaka whakaata e pāho ana i te ao i te pō. Kua mātanga te wahine nei ki ngā hāora me ngā hōtaka katoa o Whakaata Māori.

Film and audio recordings of tīpuna are incredibly important in te Ao Māori and for all of Aotearoa. Learn more about what we collect from Māori Television, iwi radio stations and other Te Māngai Pāho-funded content.

Preserving taonga
Ngā Taonga Kōrero
Microphone image for Ngā Taonga Kōrero exhibition

Ngā Taonga Kōrero is our collection of four online exhibitions that highlight special historic recordings of te reo Māori. From the earliest recording in 1938, it is an indispensable resource for whānau, historians and reo learners. Listen to King Korokī, Princess Te Puea Hērangi, Dame Whina Cooper, Sir Apriana Ngata, Dame Mira Szaszy and many others. 

Ngā Taonga Kōrero
A Petone family mystery
An unknown family group

Do you know this family? Check out scenes from around Eastbourne and Petone from the 40s or 50s. The film was found at a school jumble sale, but we don't know much more about where it came from – do you hold the key to solving this mystery?

A Mystery
Around Hawke's Bay
View of Marine Parade from Bluff Hill, Napier

The Winter Art Deco weekend is coming up and our searchable online catalogue holds a great deal of content related to the Hawke's Bay region. Highlights include a screen talent search, classic sports matches, the aftermath of the Napier earthquake and a Mardi Gras parade from 1915.

In the Bay
The Royal Mail
Hand mailing into Post Office Letter Box

Before newsletters appeared magically in your inbox, how was the mail sent? This New Zealand National Picture from 1940 gives an interesting insight to the process. "Behind the prosaic letter lies the gripping story of the organisation in control of postal communications: the backstage story of the mail."

'The Royal Mail'
This Month in History

10 July 1967 – New Zealand introduced decimal currency.
14 July 1963 – Maud Basham, 'Aunt Daisy', passed away.
19 July 1981 – The Springboks arrived in New Zealand for their rugby tour.

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Let us know what you think of our newsletter. Are there things you'd like to read about, or do you have suggestions for how we present it? Your feedback is always welcome. Email us.
All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Collection Developer Ramarihi MacDougall.
2. Ngā Taonga Kōrero branding.
3. Still from [Family in and around Petone], 1947 (F25837).

4. Still from Personal Record. Napier 1963 Easter (F61689).
5. Still from The Royal Mail, 1940 (F2449).
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