The Royal Mail
Using the Post Office Letter Box, from F2449 'The Royal Mail', 1940.

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25 February

  • UNESCO Memory of the World
  • Christchurch: Then and Now
  • Archive Fives – Video

4 February

  • Archive Fives – Film
  • Waitangi Day
  • Researchers visiting Ngā Taonga

January 2020


  • Christmas message
  • Te Kāmata Kura manea stone
  • Archive Fives – Sound

19 November

  • Our home movie collection
  • the films that shaped New Zealand
  • Ngāti Kahungunu recordings

5 November

  • Auckland: Then and Now
  • Archive Fives – Documentation
  • Ngāi Tūhoe and Te Urewera

15 October

  • preserving fragile paper-based audio tapes 
  • screening to kaumātua in Tūranganui-ā-Kiwa
  • The 1987 Mangawhai Women's Festival

1 October

  • our new Rust + Restoration | He Waikura He Whakauka exhibition
  • early international films in our Archive
  • restoring the voice of Ngaio Marsh

17 September

  • Ngā Taonga is moving
  • Life in the Ōtaki Gorge

3 September

  • working out the age of film
  • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
  • Standing on the Shoulders... Suffrage125 exhibition

20 August

  • our Sellebration online advertising exhibition
  • newsreels from the 1940s – 1960s
  • sharing film with those most in need

6 August

  • digitising World War Two audio recorded from the back of a truck
  • skiing and fun in the mountains
  • International Year of Indigenous Languages


  • preserving our audiovisual taonga
  • our Ngā Taonga Kōrero exhibitions
  • and a new mystery to help solve

Matariki 2019

June 2019

  • an amazing new scan of Luna Park
  • the earliest recording of Blue Smoke
  • Archival travels around the world

May 2019

  • Music Month and the Guitar Parade
  • magic home movies
  • how we record and capture television for the Archive

April 2019

  • Levin's finest animation studio
  • ANZAC and World War One exhibitions
  • the tricky issues involved in maintaining an archive of magnetic tape

March 2019

  • coverage of Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019
  • our Standing on the Shoulders... Suffrage125 online exhibition
  • an archival mystery to solve, and other stories from the archive