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Learn about our fascinating archival audio from World War Two, take a trip to mountain ski fields and celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Archiving precious World War Two recordings
Senior Sound Archivist Sandy Ditchburn

We're working our way through the 'U Series' – special audio recordings made of New Zealand servicepeople during World War Two. Hear reports and personal greetings from those stationed in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This unique collection of archival wartime audio is one of the largest in the world. Discover how they were recorded in the middle of the desert from the back of a truck.

Tales from the Front Line
Hit the slopes
New Zealand's first ski-ing team competes against Australia

It's ski season! Go back in time and see how Kiwis 'hit the slopes' in years gone by – with not a ski lift in sight. We have a large range of footage showing skiing, mountaineering and alpine adventures. Which is your favourite ski field?

Stay cool in the mountains
International Year of Indigenous Languages
Microphone in front of carving

Ko 2019 Te Tau o Ngā Reo Taketake o Te Ao. He kohinga nui ā Ngā Taonga kei roto i te reo Māori me ētahi reo o Te Moananui-a-Kiwa. Tūhurahia ā mātou whakaaturanga, tirohia ngā taonga kei tā mātou rārangi ipurangi.

2019 is the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages. Ngā Taonga has a huge collection of recordings in te reo Māori and some other Pacific languages. Explore our exhibitions and take a look through the material we have in our online catalogue.

Indigenous Languages
New Festival Films
Aotearoa NZIFF page

The New Zealand International Film Festival sees the premiere of a number of new New Zealand films. Several of them feature archival material from the collections we care for. Helen Kelly – Together spends time with the late unionist and community leader, while By the Balls explores the intersection of sports and politics in late 1980s rugby. You can change your Festival location via the menu at the top middle of each page.

Kiwi films
From the Archives

31 July 1976 – John Walker won gold in the Montreal Olympics
4 August 1923 – The Otira Tunnel under the Southern Alps opened.
7 August 1991 – Much loved entertainer Billy T. James passed away.

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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Sound Archivist Sandy Ditchburn with U Series disc.
2. New Zealand's first ski-ing team. Courtesy Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19360909-58-5.
3. Aotearoa section of NZIFF programme.
4. Microphone in front of carving. 
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