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In this issue we look at a clever gimmick that got 'bums on seats' at early film screenings, and share collection material from the sunny Bay of Plenty. We ponder a small mystery about a house in Wairarapa and have another DVD prize pack to win!

Seen on Screen – competition films

Title card for 'Blenheim's Most Popular Child' (F9862).

In the days before social media, selfies, and website competitions, there were still plenty of ways to engage with audiences keen to see themselves and their peers on screen. I ngā rā i mua i te pae pāpāho pāpori, i ngā kiriāhua, i ngā whakataetae pae tukutuku hoki, he maha tonu ngā ara e kitea ai ngā whakaminenga me ā rātou hoa ki ngā whakaata.

From the 1920s to the early 1940s, canny filmmakers would travel the country running local ‘screen tests’ for beautiful women, aspiring actors, cute babies and new styles of haircut. Mai i te tekau tau 1920 ki ngā tau tīmatanga o te tekau tau 1940, ka tipitipi haere ngā kaikiriata kia whakamātau kiriata mā ngā wāhine ātaahua, rātou hoki e whai ana i te ao kaikiriata, ngā pēpi pīwari me ngā tāera makawe hou. 

Read more on our blog and take a look at some of the candidates in a range of vintage competition films. Filmgoers would vote for their favourite in the lobby – who would get your tick? Pānuitia ētehi atu kōrero kei tā mātou rangitaki, ā, tirohia ētehi o ngā kaitono kei ngā tū whakataetae. Ka pōti ngā kaimātakitaki i te roro o te whare pikitia – kia hoatu tō pōti ki a wai?

Competition films

DVD Prize Pack

Title card from 'Cookery Nook'.

We have a collection of five great DVDs up for grabs – a mix of features, documentaries and archival goodies. To enter the draw, all you have to do is watch a short film and answer a simple question. 

Pacific Films' Cookery Nook (1955) is a true classic. Harry invites the Boss over for afternoon tea and has to rely on radio's Aunt Daisy – and his daughter's home science class – to help prepare the meal.

The question – Aunt Daisy provides a recipe for what kind of cake? To be in the draw, please watch Cookery Nook and email your answer. A winner will be drawn at random at 4pm Friday 6 November and contacted via email. 

Watch and Win

Jane Paul and searching for Plas-Gwyn

Rahiwi House in Landsdowne, Masterton. Courtesy Wairarapa Archive.

Here's a link to a blog that was written by archivist Jane Paul for a screening that she hosted in 2014, but for some reason it was never published. Jane went on to present many more public programmes but unfortunately passed away in November 2018. We feel this blog captures Jane's curiosity, cheekiness and passion for New Zealand film. Jane remains a much-loved and much-missed friend and colleague.

Visit Plas-Gwyn

Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty

Whites Aviation image of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region.

This issue we're taking a look at audiovisual taonga related to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Head to the beach, pop up the Mount, catch a game and explore the towns and cities of the region. Lovers of silent film can also watch the romantic drama My Lady of the Cave (1922), which was shot in the area. 

The Bay of Plenty

Tea and Tours

Nelson Moate & Co's pure blended teas.

Tea, scones and a morning engaging with the fascinating history of New Zealand? Join the staff of the National Library and Ngā Taonga for a fantastic series of tours and a special screening. Learn about both organisations over morning tea, watch a special Ngā Taonga screening, take a tour of three founding documents of Aotearoa in the He Tohu exhibition and explore the new Precious exhibition.

Date: 12 November 
Time: 10am 
Address: National Library building, Wellington

Tea and Tours
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Title card for Blenheim's Most Popular Child (F9862).
2. Title card for Cookery Nook (F9146).
3. Rahiwi House in Landsdowne, Masterton.
13-32/1-103. Courtesy Wairarapa Archive. 
4. Tauranga Bay of Plenty Region WA45622. Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library.
5. Ask your grocer for Nelson Moate & Co's pure blended teas. [1882]. Eph-C-BEVERAGE-Tea-1882-01. Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library.
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