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In this issue we show off some Ngā Taonga-inspired wearable art, and share details of some special Heritage Weeks screenings of vintage local footage in Christchurch and Wellington. Aucklanders also have a significant screening to look forward to, of Bastion Point: Day 507 by Merata Mita. We also give a quick wrap up on media coverage of our exciting search for the missing early films of Robert Steele.

Sound, Vision and the Closet of Curiosities

QMC Sound and Vision wearable art.

Year 13 students from Wellington's Queen Margaret College have been working on pieces of wearable art. Check out our interview with Charlotte, who drew inspiration from our collections for her artwork Sound and Vision – it combines her interests in home movies, colour film and 1950s style. 

The work will be on display in the National Library as part of the exhibition Closet of Curiosities, running 15 – 29 October.

Wearable Art

Special Bastion Point: Day 507 screening

Still from 'Bastion Point: Day 507' (F9380).

In collaboration with their exhibition The Medium is the Message, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and the Gus Fisher Gallery present this special screening of Bastion Point: Day 507 followed by an audience discussion with Sharon Hawke of Ngāti Whātua. The event is free, but you will need to RSVP to secure your seat. 

Date: 24 October 
Time: 2pm 
Address: Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland

Kua hono atu a Ngā Taonga ki te Whare Toi Gus Fisher, otiia ki tana whakaaturanga The Medium is the Message hei whakaatu i te kiriata Bastion Point Day 507. Whai muri ka kōrerorero te hunga mātakitaki me Sharon Hawke o Ngāti Whātua. He utu kore tēnei kaupapa, engari ia me rēhita ka tika kia whai tūru ai.

Te Rā: 24 Whiringa-a-nuku
Te Wā: Rua karaka i te ahiahi
Te Wāhi: Te Whare Toi o Gus Fisher, 74 Te Rori o Hotereni, Akarana

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Heritage Weeks

Scene from 'A Daughter of Christchurch'.

Heritage Weeks and Festivals are a great opportunity for audiences to engage with the special archival material held by Ngā Taonga. We have a couple of exciting events coming up to mark Wellington and Christchurch's respective Heritage Weeks. 

  • Wellington As We Were takes a tour of iconic sections of the city – from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital. Screening at the National Library on 27 October. 
  • Christchurch As We Were has a special focus on how filmmakers told the story of Christchurch Ōtautahi and its people. Screening at Tūranga Central Library on 4 November.

He kaupapa pai ngā Wiki Taonga Tuku Iho me ngā Hui Taurima e honohono ai ngā hunga mātakitaki ki ngā tino taonga kei Ngā Taonga. E rua ā mātou kaupapa ihiihi e tū mai nei hei whakanui i te Wiki Taonga Tuku Iho a Te Whanganui-a-Tara, a Ōtautahi hoki.

  • Māu a Te Whanganui-a-Tara i ngā tau ki muri e tipitipi ki ngā pito rongonui o te taonenui – Mai i te Whare Mīere ki te tino taone. Ka whakaaturia ki te Puna Māturanga, 27 o Whiringa-a-nuku
  • Kia anga te titiro ki Ōtautahi i ngā tau ki muri, ki ngā mahi a ngā Kaikiriata hei whakakōrero i ngā kōrero mō Ōtautahi me tōna iwi. Ka whakaaturia ki te Whare Pukapuka o Tūranga, ā te 4 o Whiringa-a-rangi
Heritage footage

Searching for missing movies

On set photo of 'The Wife Who Knew'.

Our recent story The Case of the Missing Movies had readers scrambling and tips flying in. Though we're yet to solve this mystery, we'll have a follow-up post in the future about what we've learnt and new theories. 

The story had significant media coverage. There was a good overview from Stuff, and RNZ's Standing Room Only spoke to some of those involved. The story was also reprinted on The Spinoff. Many thanks to all readers who have already got in touch with tips and suggestions; if you still have information to share please let us know! 

Missing Movies

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From the Archives
News briefs
  • Congratulations to Sue from Waimate who won the DVD prize pack in our previous issue! Keep your eye on the next newsletter for another chance to win.
  • It's election season! has all the information you need ✔️✔️ You can also check out heaps of political ads from years gone by on our online catalogue.
  • Designer Dries van Noten's latest season is inspired by Len Lye, with the colours and motion beautifully captured. Ngā Taonga cares for Lye's films and provides copies to art galleries around the world. Stay tuned for more Lye content online – we're also working on a blog post diving into more about how this project came together.
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Charlotte Lee's Sound and Vision dress.
2. Still from Bastion Point: Day 507 (F9380).
3. Still from A Daughter of Christchurch (F23332).
4. On set photo of The Wife Who Knew.
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