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Kia ora e hoa, in this issue we talk about our critical work to preserve some of New Zealand’s oldest recordings, stored on fragile nitrate film. We tune in to some catchy and clever jingles in the first of a two-part series that looks at the hits and misses. We uncover the many Ngāti Raukawa recordings we hold, plus find out how you can win our latest DVD prize pack.

Plus, it’s a big birthday! The New Zealand Film Archive, one component of Ngā Taonga, was launched 40 years ago – 1 April 1981. We take a quick overview of the Archive on the blog and will be marking the milestone throughout the year.

Winding through nitrate film

Winding nitrate film

Each year the nitrate film collection of Ngā Taonga is ‘wound-through’ – the reels are unwound, inspected and rewound. This is an essential part of its safe keeping. We find out more about the process, and speak to some of those involved.

The Wind-Through

Catchy and Clever –
New Zealand Jingles

Ches 'n' Dale Framegrab
The Great Crunchie Train Robbery. Ches ‘n’ Dale from down on the farm. ‘Dear John’. These commercials have classic jingles and songs that you’re probably singing right now. We’re featuring them on our blog – this is Part One, looking at the most famous and best-loved jingles in our collection. Part Two will be out shortly, with the ‘B sides’ and lesser-known tunes.

Ko te ‘Great Crunchie Train Robbery’. Ches ‘n’ Dale nō te pāmu. ‘Dear John’. Kei ēnei whakatairanga ngā ruri me ngā waiata e mōhiotia whānuitia ana. Tēnā pea kei te waiata koe i tēnei wā tonu. Kei te kōrerotia ēnei ruri e mātou i tā mātou rangitaki - ko te wāhanga tuatahi tēnei e wetewete ana i ngā tino ruri e aroha nuitia ana e te marea. Ākuanei, ka puta mai te wāhanga tuarua, arā ko ngā taha B, arā ko ngā waiata kāore i te tino mōhiotia.
Famous Jingles

40 years of
The New Zealand Film Archive

One of the first Film Archive office locations
1 April marked 40 years since the founding of The New Zealand Film Archive, one of the archives that comprises Ngā Taonga. We’ll be working on a project over the next year to highlight significant items from across our collections, dig into the history a bit more and pay tribute to some of the people whose hard work made the Archive what it is today. Read a potted history of the last four decades of audiovisual archiving, with lots of photos.

Among the items we dug up while researching for our 40th anniversary blog post was the Archive’s first ever newsletter, dated October 1981.
The Big 4-0

Tirohia a Ngāti Raukawa –
Focus on Ngāti Raukawa

I kitea e mātou kia 120 ngā taonga ā-irirangi i te rapunga i te ingoa o ‘Raukawa’ – pureihia mai ēnei taonga i te ipurangi kia pai ai tō ako e pā ana ki te iwi o Ngāti Raukawa.

We have 120 online items after searching ‘Raukawa’ – you can play each one and learn all you need to know about Ngāti Raukawa iwi.

Ngāti Raukawa
Framegrab from A Takapuna Scandal

DVD prize pack

Take a look at the surprising A Takapuna Scandal (1927), one of the first films from prominent filmmaker Rudall Hayward. It’s a very silly comedy with some delightful special effects.

To win a DVD prize pack of features and documentaries, watch the short and answer this question – what was Hector doing prior to his aerial umbrella adventure?

Email your answer to The winner will be drawn at 4pm on Friday 9 April.


We've supplied material for a documentary about iconic New Zealand musician Annea Lockwood. The film is screening online throughout April as part of Counterflows, an international festival of underground music and art.
Lockwood features in Wellington in the ‘60s – The Way It Seemed, a Pacific Films documentary we supplied to the festival and which can be watched in full on our catalogue.

New online

On our online catalogue page you can check in on material that’s been recently uploaded. Highlights include:

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