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Kia ora e hoa mā, we hope you and those in your bubble have been keeping safe and well. In this issue we share some of our online exhibitions – they’re a great way to engage with the material in our collections at home. We take a look at a topical blog that’s been popular ever since the last lockdown, plus a story from one of our staff about what they learned of their iwi through one of our recordings.

Our offices are closed during COVID alert level 4 – please check our website for updates as the alert levels change.

Online Exhibitions

Image of Ngā Taonga Online Exhibitions
Our exhibitions are a great way to experience our archival taonga. Check out one of these exhibitions, or view them all here.

Standing on the Shoulders…
Mai i a Te Puea Hērangi ki a Lorde, i ngā kairaranga me ngā toa pakanga, ka whakanui a Standing on the Shoulders... i te kanorau a te wahine, me te whakaatu i te hōhonu o ngā rauemi kei ngā kohinga whakaputu, reo irirangi, pouaka whakaata, kiriata hoki. Ko tā tēnei whakaaturanga he whakanui i ngā tau 125 o Te Pētihana Pōti Wāhine ki Aotearoa.

From Te Puea Hērangi to Lorde, from weavers to war heroes, Standing on the Shoulders… celebrates a diverse range of women, as well as showcasing the breadth of material in our collections of archived radio, television and film. This exhibition was made to commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.

Ngā Taonga Kōrero
These four online exhibitions showcase our collection of te reo Māori recordings, Ngā Taonga Kōrero. The Māori radio programmes broadcast by Radio New Zealand (RNZ) and its predecessors between the 1940s and the 1980s are a rich resource of Māori language recordings. They cover many iwi and allow us to again hear the voices of those who are now lost to us.

This much-loved exhibition takes a look at the role of advertising in our collective culture as New Zealanders. Each generation has ads that linger in the subconscious – which ad is it for you? ASB’s Goldstein? Spot the Dog? Ches and Dale from down on the farm?

Our Exhibitions

A Mount Tarawera archival lesson

A drawing depicting the eruption of Mount Tarawera.
Our Mātauranga Māori Outreach Advisor Paora Sweeney recently researched the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. From Te Arawa, Sweeney’s elders had told him about the destruction, and the hardship it caused his hapū. However, after listening to an archival recording, he came across a story he’d not previously heard. 
An archival lesson

Epidemics of the past

1948 cartoon depicting a mother doing housework while supervising children’s schooling from home. Cartoon by James Edward Sanders, Auckland Star newspaper, courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library Ref. H-634-016

I whakaputaina i te Paengawhāwhā o te tau 2020, i rongonui te rangitaki nei. Ka whakamārama i te mate whakamemeke i kati ai ngā kura, i whakamāori ai hoki te ako ki te kāinga. Kei roto ngā kiriata o ngā akoranga pāpāho o Te Kura ā-Tuhi, e whakaatu ana i te āhua o ngā akoranga i mua i te taenga mai o te hui ā-ataata.

Published during the lockdown in April 2020, this blog has proved a hit. It details the 1948 polio epidemic, which caused schools to close and home-schooling to become the norm. It includes clips of Correspondence School lessons that were broadcast on the radio, demonstrating how lessons took place, pre-videoconferencing.
The polio epidemic

Event cancellations

Unfortunately our special PATU! screening and panel discussion scheduled for 28 August had to be cancelled. We have also cancelled Why Len Lye Matters, which had been scheduled for 10 September.

With the current COVID situation, changes to events can occur very quickly. We’ll do our best to inform you, but please keep an eye on our website for the latest information.

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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) Image of Ngā Taonga online exhibitions
2) Drawing depicting the eruption of Mount Tarawera. Courtesy Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 4-3658
3) Cartoon by James Edward Sanders, Auckland Star newspaper. Courtesy Alexander Turnbull Library Ref. H-634-016

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