International Pacific College visits PET

Earlier this month, a group of students visited our PET exhibition in Wellington, from the International Pacific College in Palmerston North.

The class was led by Pamela Peters and is taking an elective paper titled “Animal-Assisted Therapy and Assistance Animals.”

Some of the students talk about their own pet memories in this interview (click the link below to listen).

(Interview by Gareth Watkins)

PET poster web


New Nitrate Film Vault

The New Zealand Film Archive and Archives New Zealand recently opened New Zealand’s first specialised nitrate film vault. The new 100 square metre vault is shared by the two organisations, which will store nitrocellulose film there under controlled preservation conditions.

Nitrate film is fragile and needs a high level of care. This type of film is flammable and prone to deterioration over time. The new vault has been designed to prolong the life of nitrate films by slowing deterioration. As well as having built-in safety mechanisms, the environment inside the vault is well-suited for nitrate film storage – with a stable and closely monitored  temperature and relative humidity.

The vault – photographed at the early morning opening ceremony (photo by Jamie Lean).
The vault – photographed at the early morning opening ceremony (photo by Jamie Lean).

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Who Are These Mystery Voices of Gallipoli?

- By Sarah Johnston (SANTK Client Services Archivist)

Can you help us identify the voices of the five unidentified Gallipoli veterans who feature in this radio documentary?

[“ANZAC” (1969). Archival audio from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of Copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact SANTK.]

The men’s recollections of landing at Gallipoli and the brutal conditions they encountered form a powerful documentary simply called “ANZAC”, which late Napier broadcaster Laurie Swindell made in the studios of station 2ZC in Napier in January 1969.

Broadcaster Laurie Swindell (courtesy of the Swindell family)
Broadcaster Laurie Swindell (courtesy of the Swindell family)

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Peter Coates

- By Shane Farrow (NZFA Video Collection Developer), with material supplied by Peter

Peter Coates is a former director and producer for the NZBC and TVNZ, from 1969 through to the 1990s. He worked on a range of documentaries and drama productions, including: Kaleidoscope (1985), Close to Home (1975-83), The Fire and The Snow (1975) and If You Can’t Beat Em (1976). Peter’s list of credits include work on the stage, as a performer, singer, designer, writer, director and producer. Peter has also regularly exhibited his paintings, which have won national awards and are in private collections around the world.

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