Danny Bultitude salutes the Dame Gaylene Preston Legacy Project

In February 2021, I was taken on as an intern at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision due to my established working relationship with Dame Gaylene Preston. I had been her personal assistant over the past five months, my work often veering into archival territory. By familiarising myself with the intricacies of her career and organising some of her personal digital archives, I had naturally gained a lot of relevant content knowledge.

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Through the Lens: The New Zealand Wars

Occurring over multiple decades of the 19th Century, the New Zealand Wars played an integral role in shaping post-colonial New Zealand. Given their historical significance and enduring impact, some argue that the wars haven’t received their due attention since. With this in mind, it feels worthwhile to examine some of the portrayals of the wars that do exist in the cultural limelight – and consider how these might play a role in shaping our understanding of this period in New Zealand history.

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Early footage of the timeless natural scenery of Aotearoa

In 1909, Mr. W. Franklyn Barrett of the renowned French film-making firm Pathé Frères was entrusted to travel through New Zealand and capture scenic sights that the world would otherwise not know existed. Barrett did exactly that, and the fruits of his labour were later featured in two short films from Pathé Frères – Across the Mountain Passes of New Zealand, and Coasts of New Zealand. 

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Life on board a 2NZEF troop ship: cramped, concerts and “Crossing the Line”

Some of the first recordings sent back to New Zealand for radio broadcasts in late 1940 give some insight into life on board the troop ship on which the Broadcasting Unit was travelling, as part of the Third Echelon of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

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Matariki of Many People

This year Ngā Taonga has prepared another video in celebration of the first Matariki Holiday on 24 June 2022, Matariki Hunga Nui – Matariki of Many People. This is a 15-minute audio-visual programme focusing on the star of the Matariki cluster; Pōhutukawa.There are also two versions of this programme, both in te reo Māori and English, to facilitate the two audiences (reo speaking and non-reo speaking).

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Matariki Hunga Nui

I tēnei tau, hei whakanui i te mātahi o te tau hou ka whakaputangia e mātou tēnei whakaaturanga a Matariki Hunga Nui. E aro pū ana tēnei whakaaturanga ki te whetū tapu a Pōhutukawa, hei whakanui i ētehi tokoono kua whetūrangitia. Ka 15 mineti te roa mō te whakaaturanga, he reorua hoki ki te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā.

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Introducing the Norm Hatch Collection

Between June 1942 and November 1943, around 21,000 US Marines arrived in the Wellington region to prepare for or recover from combat in the Pacific. They were among about 50,000 American servicemen who would be posted in New Zealand during World War 2, an event that would have a lasting impact on local culture.  

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