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In this issue we share the inside story on the challenges of curating our major programme Ngā wai e rua: Stories of Us. How do you best showcase more than a century of New Zealand history in just 45 minutes?

Find out how one of our sound archivists discovered the remarkable legacy of an American serviceman who was stationed in New Zealand during the Second World War.

We hear recollections of first-time women voters from the 1893 general election. Explore their stories and watch a fascinating new take on their memories, directed by Gaylene Preston.

We also share our submission to a programme considering changes in Māori broadcast media – we stress the need to archive Taonga Māori. Check out, too, a masterclass from our Tumu Whakarae, Honiana Love. 

Braided together: the dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand
Still from 'Māori Hui at Tikitiki' (S292000).

Have you seen Ngā wai e rua: Stories of Us? It's a fantastic overview of more than a hundred years of relations between Māori and non-Māori, and the history of New Zealand. We caught up with the curation team, learnt about the challenges involved with this major project and why it is essential viewing.

Kua kitea e koe a Ngā wai e rua? He tirohanga rawerawe i ngā āhuatanga i waenga i a Māori me Tauiwi i tētehi rautau, me ngā hitōria o Aotearoa. Ka kōrero mātou ki te tira whakarokiroki, ka wherawhera i ngā wero nui kei roto kei ēnei mahi nui, me te take me tahuri ake tātou ki te titiro.

Ngā wai e rua: Stories of Us
‘Paging Uncle Sam’ and finding Cy Cress
Cy Cress in 2016. Courtesy Panorama, the New Mexico State University Alumni & Friends Magazine.

After listening to Paging Uncle Sam – a variety show featuring American troops stationed in New Zealand during the Second World War – sound archivist Sarah Johnston dug a little deeper into one of the speakers. She found out more about Cy Cress and the generous legacy he left to journalism in New Mexico. This surprising detective tale highlights how archives can enrich the narratives of individuals and communities.

Kua rongo anō koe i a Paging Uncle Sam – tētehi kiriata ngahau e pā ana ki ngā hōia Amerikana i tau ki Aotearoa nei i te Pakanga Tuarua o te Ao – nā Sarah Johnston, te Takawaenga ā-Iwi Matua i āta kimi i ngā kōrero mō tētehi kaikōrero. Ka whai kōrero ia mō Cy Cress me tana koha nui ki ngā mahi ripoata i Mēhiko Hou.

'Paging Uncle Sam'
Whakatū Wāhine: Voices of Women Voters of 1893
Kate Sheppard Memorial on Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

The general election of 1893 was momentous for New Zealand – it was the first time women could vote anywhere in the world. Decades later, audio recordings of some of these voters' memories were captured and are available to hear in our online exhibition Whakatū Wāhine.

Some of these sound recordings were also included in Hot Words and Bold Retorts, a 2018 production from Gaylene Preston. Actors including Lucy Lawless and Miranda Harcourt portray the women, lip-synching their recollections of suffrage.

Voices of Women Voters
Te Ao Pāpāho Māori – He Ara Hou (Māori Media Sector – Shift Options)
Banner image for Te Ao Pāpāho Māori. Courtesy Te Puni Kōkiri.

Te Ao Pāpāho Māori – He Ara Hou (Māori Media Sector – Shift Options) is a programme reviewing the landscape of Māori media. The Government consulted with the sector throughout 2018 and 2019 and is considering issues that were raised. You can read an adaptation of the submission we made, in which we advocate for a greater focus on archiving Taonga Māori content.

He hōtaka a Te Ao Pāpāho Māori – He Ara Hou hei aromatawai i te ao pāpāho Māori. Kua hui haere te Kāwanatanga i taua hunga i ngā tau 2018, 2019 hoki. Kei te aro ia ināianei ki ngā take i whakaarahia ake. Kei raro nei tētehi whakarāpopototanga o te tāpaenga a Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Tirohia te whānuitanga o ngā kōrero ki.

Sector Shift Options
Masterclass: Archive and Film Museums – Treasure Chest or Mausoleum?

Film archives hold and restore an enormous amount of material essential to our cultural memory – but how can that best be used? Our Tumu Whakarae Honiana Love took part in a Masterclass hosted by Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival. The discussion is free to watch and also featured pre-recorded contributions from overseas curators and directors. 

View the Masterclass
From the Archives
  • One of this month's most-viewed items is Iron Coast Town, a 1983 Spectrum radio documentary about iron sand mining in Taharoa, near Kawhia.
  • 🥝🥝 The highs and lows of the kiwifruit were traced with archival audio on our regular spot on RNZ's Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan.
  • Our most-viewed profiles on Standing on the Shoulders – exploring 125 remarkable New Zealand women – are Whaia McClutchie and Nancy Wake.
News briefs
  • In case you missed it, our CE Honiana Love gave a presentation about the place names used by mana whenua of the Wellington region. You can also explore the map she compiled.
  • Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery is celebrating 60 years of television in Aotearoa with their exhibition Medium is the Message. We're pleased to supply material from our collections to the show, which runs till 17 October.
  • The National Library has launched a podcast exploring their collections and projects – The Library Loudhailer.
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Still from Māori Hui at Tikitiki (S292000).
2. Cy Cress in 2016. Courtesy Panorama, the New Mexico State University Alumni & Friends Magazine.
3. Kate Sheppard Memorial on Oxford Terrace, Christchurch. Creative Commons.
4. Banner image for Te Ao Pāpāho Māori. Courtesy Te Puni Kōkiri.

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