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In this issue we learn how the voices of tūpuna teach our staff and inform how Ngā Taonga writes and catalogues in the Māori language. Explore the dazzling world of artist and filmmaker Len Lye and get set for our new exhibition about the 1981 Springbok Tour – TOHE | PROTEST. Plus, a rare opportunity to catch a screening of PATU! in Hamilton.

Ngā kupu ake a ngā tūpuna

Weather report from 'Te Karere', 13 March 1986

Ka tuhia e Ngā Taonga te reo Māori hei awhi i ngā iwi ki te kimi taonga, me te mōhio ana hoki e arahina ana mātou e ngā reo o ngā tūpuna i ngā kohinga.

Kua kitea e ā mātou kaimahi te hōhonu o ngā kohinga hei āwhina i a mātou ki te pupuri i te reo tūturu, hei tuhinga mā mātou ināianei rangi, ka toitū tonu aua reo o inanahi. Ka tuku tīhau te Pūranga nei ki roto i te reo o ngā tau 1980, ana ka whakamahia taua reo ki ngā āhuatanga o ēnei rā.

Kua tuhia e te Poutaki Taonga Māori, e Gareth Seymour, e pā ana ki ngā kohinga ataata-rongo me te reo e puritia ana i konā hei ako i te reo rangatira, ka whakarārangihia aua kōrero, ka puta anō aua kōrero ki te ao mārama, ka puta tahi aua mātauranga Māori ki roto i ngā whakamārama.  

When Ngā Taonga produces written Māori language content to aid collection finding, what we write is often guided by the tupuna voices that are held in our collections.

Our staff have discovered that the collection is a great resource to help to maintain ‘traditional’ Māori language and that what we write in Māori today can reflect the voices of yesterday.

Poutaki Taonga Māori Gareth Seymour writes about how audiovisual taonga are both a keeper and teacher of te reo rangatira, and how cataloguing both unlocks and informs the way we express mātauranga Māori as metadata.

Pānui tonuhia

‘Free Radical’ now live

Still from 'A Colour Box' (1935)

Our online exhibition Free Radical: Len Lye at 120 recently launched and has created plenty of zizz, as Lye might've said. We’re really happy to see so many people delving into this fun and colourful collection already. Explore two dozen remarkable pieces of film, including some recordings you’ll see nowhere else. Special thanks to our friends at the Len Lye Foundation for helping make this exhibition possible.

Free Radical: Len Lye at 120

TOHE | PROTEST opening soon

TOHE | PROTEST banner.

Our exhibition TOHE | PROTEST opens on 23 July at Te Puna Foundation Gallery in the National Library in Wellington. TOHE looks at the 1981 Springbok Tour and PATU!, the definitive protest documentary made by a collaborative of some of New Zealand’s most notable filmmakers. We’ll also have special online content that explains some of our preservation work on PATU! – a process that took nearly five years.

Ahead of the launch, check out this RNZ interview with some of those involved in the film’s preservation. On 25 July, Waikato Museum are also hosting a special screening of PATU! that marks 40 years since the cancellation of the Springbok-Waikato match. RSVP through their website.


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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) Weather report from Te Karere, 13 March 1986. Courtesy TVNZ.
2) Still from A Colour Box (1935), F9061. Courtesy Len Lye Foundation.
3) TOHE | PROTEST banner.
4) Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Facebook page.
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