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In this issue we reflect on the recent passing and huge legacy of Bill Gosden. We follow some tips to a potentially fiery conclusion in the hunt for the early films of Robert Steele. We generate some interest in the construction of New Zealand hydropower projects. Plus we take a look back at some of our most popular stories of the year and highlight a brilliant recent public history talk.

Remembering Bill Gosden

Bill Gosden. Photo by Rebecca McMillan Photography.

Ngā Taonga were deeply saddened by the recent passing of Bill Gosden, the former Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Bill played such an important part in the development of Aotearoa New Zealand’s film culture over the past 40 years and was a good friend of the Archive and many of its staff. He will be sorely missed – our thoughts are with his friends and whānau.

Moe mai rā e te Rangatira o te ao kiriata. Haere atu rā.

Hotuhotu ana te whatumanawa a Ngā Taonga i te matenga o Bill Gosden, arā, ko te Tumu Whakarae o te Whānau Mārama i ngā tau ki muri. He nui āna mahi i ngā tau whā tēkau kua pahuri ake nei hei hāpai ite ao kiriata ki Aotearoa. He tino hoa ki a Ngā Taonga me te tokomaha o āna kaimahi. Ka nui te pōuri. Ka mihi aroha mātou ki tōna whānau me ana hoa.

Moe mai rā e te Rangatira o te ao kiriata. Haere atu rā.

Remembering Bill Gosden

Robert Steele and the Neuline Fire

On set photo of 'A Mild Case of Murder'.

Our search for the missing early films of Robert Steele generated a large amount of buzz and we received a slew of tips and insights. In this follow-up post, we discover a cast of intriguing characters and ask whether these New Zealand noir films came to a fiery end.

The Missing Movies

Power from the River

Waitaki Dam and Hydro, 41480, Whites Aviation. Courtesy Culture Waitaki.

Hydroelectric power has a long history in New Zealand, with many large-scale projects transforming environments and providing electricity to the country. This blog covers some of these construction projects and gives fascinating insights into the enormous extent of their operations.

Hydroelectricity

Top Stories of the Year

Still from 'Trawling in the Hauraki Gulf' (F1776).

As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on some of our most popular articles from the year.

Calling all bikespotters! 🚲

Do you recognise this bike? It's from the 1928 community comedy A Daughter of Christchurch and looks similar to sociable side-by-side bikes, though this one has a shared handlebar. It can be seen in action from 26:25 in the film. Please get in touch if you have any insights.

An unusual 'sociable' bicycle from 'A Daughter of Christchurch'.
From the Archives
News briefs
  • Congratulations to Pip from Wellington who won the DVD prize pack in our previous issue! We received a huge number of entries – the correct answer was pineapple upside down cakeKeep your eye on the next newsletter for another chance to win.
  • The very popular Public History Talk 'Te Mana O Te Reo Māori' featuring Piripi Walker and Justice Joe Williams is available as a podcast.
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Bill Gosden. Photo by Rebecca McMillan Photography.
2. On-set photo of A Mild Case of Murder.
3. Waitaki Dam and Hydro, 41480, Whites Aviation. Courtesy Culture Waitaki.
4. Still from Trawling in the Hauraki Gulf (F1776).

5. Bicycle from A Daughter of Christchurch (F23332).
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