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Kia ora e hoa. We’re about to launch two very special exhibitions. Up first, get to know a free radical with the films of groundbreaking artist Len Lye. Later in July, we reflect on the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Springbok Tour with TOHE | PROTEST. Also, have a read about our extensive work supplying archival material to productions.

Online Len Lye exhibition opens 9 July

Still from 'Swinging the Lambeth Walk' (1939).

E harikoa ana mātou ka whakaputaina tētehi whakaaturanga mō ngā kiriata rerekē anō a Len Lye. Kātahi anō ngā kiriata a Len Lye ka whakaputaina herekore e te Len Lye Foundation ki raro i a Free Radical: Len Lye at 120, e kore koe e kite i ētahi o ēnei taonga i ētahi atu wāhi.

We’re delighted to be launching an extensive online exhibition of the film works of the one-of-a-kind Len Lye. Free Radical: Len Lye at 120 is the first time Lye’s films have been made freely available online by the Len Lye Foundation, including some recordings you’ll see nowhere else. 

We were planning to launch Free Radical at a special event at the National Library on Friday 9 July – this has unfortunately been postponed due to uncertainty around COVID-19. We’ll share the new date once this has been confirmed.

Free Radical: Len Lye at 120

TOHE | PROTEST exhibition coming soon

I te hōtoke nei kua pau te 40 tau mai i te Tāpoinga nanakia nei a ngā Springboks. Ka tūhuratia e tā tātou whakaaturanga hou te pikinga o te riri i waenga i ngā kaiporotēhe, i ngā pirihimana, i ngā kaiwhai whutupaoro me ngā tāngata tōrangapū, me te pēhea a te pāho a ngā kaipāho kāwanatanga, kaimahi kiriata whakatūtū hoki. Tirohia ēnei kaponga o PATU! (1983), koia tēnei ko te tino pakipūmeka porotēhe nā Merata Mita i tohutohu, ana, akohia hoki te huarahi i taki ai ngā wero e ngā kaimahi o Ngā Taonga ki te rokiroki i te kiriata nei. Kei Te Gallery o Te Puna a TOHE | PROTEST, kei te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa mai i te Paraire te 23 o Hōngongoi tae noa ki te Rāhoroi te 22 o Hakihea.

This winter marks 40 years since the notorious Springbok Tour. Our new exhibition will explore how the escalating tensions between activists, the police, rugby fans and politicians were presented by both government broadcasters and activist filmmakers. See excerpts from PATU! (1983), the definitive protest documentary directed by Merata Mita, and learn how Ngā Taonga staff overcame many challenges to preserve this iconic film. TOHE | PROTEST will run in Te Puna Gallery at the National Library in Wellington from Friday 23 July till Saturday 22 December.

TOHE | PROTEST

Connecting the Archive with productions

'Who Killed Lucy the Poodle?' on TVNZ OnDemand.
You’ve seen Ngā Taonga material much more than you realise. Our Customer Supply Team works with dozens of productions a year, each reflecting New Zealand history to a unique audience. Read more about the work they do and how production requests can involve everything from kapa haka, to gunge, to a poodle.
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) Still from Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1939), F3457. Courtesy of Len Lye Foundation.
2) Still from PATU! (1983), S317877. Courtesy of Mita whānau.
3) Who Killed Lucy the Poodle? on TVNZ OnDemand.
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