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Kia ora, in this pānui we catch up with artist and filmmaker Barry Thomas, and take a look at how public health messages have been shared in the past. We share our playlist of ‘Then and Now' videos from around the country and we also lift the lid on a large mystery box.

Filmmaker and artist Barry Thomas

Barry Thomas, c 1980.

Having been involved in decades of protests, filmmaking and ‘radical arts ads’, Barry Thomas has many a story to tell. With our TOHE | PROTEST exhibition, we caught up with him for a yarn and a potted history of his work.

Barry Thomas

Archival public health messages

'Buy Health Stamps' poster, courtesy Te Papa.

Film, television and radio have always been helpful tools for promoting public health. Between 1pm COVID lockdown briefings, we searched our collection to find creative ways that information about disease outbreaks, medicine and hygiene were communicated to past audiences. Check out some of the recordings – including a brilliant 1987 sexual health education film for teenagers.

Public health

A special archival delivery

We recently welcomed back our ARRI film scanner after its trip to Germany, where it underwent maintenance. It was fitted with a new sensor and had a general refurbishment. Our film preservation team uses the ARRI scanner to make digital copies of analogue films, with projects like the PATU! preservation depending heavily on it.

While we own several scanners for different types of media, our top of the line ARRI is the only one of its kind in New Zealand! After it was unboxed, it was ‘all hands on deck’ to safely get it back to its station.

The ARRI scan boxed, and being unloaded.

Mahuru Māori

Mahuru Māori

Mahuru Māori ran 8 September – 6 October, and encouraged te reo Māori to be spoken, whatever level you’re at. On our Facebook we shared whakaaro about the original names of some towns around Aotearoa, giving a background on how these came to be. Learn about Kaikoura, Paeroa and others.

I haere a Mahuru Māori mai i te 8 o Mahuru ki te 6 o Whiringa-ā-nuku, e akiaki ana kia kōrerohia te reo Māori, ahakoa te taumata. I tohaina i tā mātou whārangi Pukamata ētahi kōrero mō ngā ingoa tūturu o ngā taone o Aotearoa, e kōrero ana mō ngā pēwheatanga o ēnei ingoa. Akohia e pā ana ki a Kaikoura, a Paeroa me ētahi atu.

Mahuru Māori

New Zealand cities ‘Then and Now’

Title card for Auckland Then and Now.

Pōkaitia te motu, ā, ka hoki ki ngā wāmua mā te kohinga kiriata o Then and Now. Kua torotoroa e mātou a Pōneke, a Ōtautahi, a Ōtepoti me Tāmaki Makaurau, e whakataurite ana i ngā kiriata whakaputunga ki ngā kiriata ā mohoa nei i hopu ki taua wāhi tonu. Ki whea atu mātou? Whakamōhio mai.

Take a trip around the country and back in time with our growing collection of Then and Now videos. We’ve visited Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland, and each video compares archival footage of the city with modern scenes filmed in the same location. Where should we visit next? Let us know.

Then and Now
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) Filmmaker and artist Barry Thomas. Photo supplied.
2) Buy Health Stamps poster by Marmaduke Matthews. Courtesy Te Papa, GH009880.
3) (L) The ARRi scan boxed up; (R) being moved back in.
4) Mahuru Māori promo image, courtesy Te Taura Whiri.and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
5) Auckland Then and Now title card.
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