Moving Image

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision offers a unique service to the heritage sector and the production industry. Currently we are not able to accept requests for personal use – you can find out why here.

With an extensive collection of moving images dating from 1895, material is available for use in documentaries, exhibitions, news broadcasts and other productions.


Our film preservation work is on hold for the time being as one of the rooms at our facility is offline for urgent repairs. This does not affect audio or tape-based preservation. We will update this page as soon as the repair work is completed and we’re back to normal.

Please note that Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s archival collection of moving images is not production-ready: technical or preservation work may be required before access can take place. As a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) we are bound to uphold international standards of collection management, preservation and access – learn more about our preservation work.

Please allow up to eight weeks to access most collection material. This covers research, retrieval, preparation of material, transfer time, clearances and delivery. The timeframe for large projects requiring multiple items is by negotiation.

Rights Information

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision does not own its collection or have the rights to authorise its re-use or distribution – while the archive takes custody and care of the physical items, all other rights are retained by the legal rights holders. Therefore access is subject to clearance from rights holders.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is a bicultural organisation that upholds the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in our policies and practices. Archive consultation with kaitiaki (iwi / hapū and / or whānau) is required to seek permission whenever access is requested to Taonga Māori Collection items.

Read more here on the rights that pertain to items in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collections.


Our collection access pricing is guided by the principles of cost recovery and the purpose of the request. We are committed to supporting long-term democratic access so our tiered pricing structure includes discounted rates for non-commercial use. The cost of providing access copies of collection materials is calculated according to the amount of staff time required to complete any request. Costs will vary depending on the nature, purpose and volume of material being requested and what needs to be done to it before it is made available. Please see our Pricing page for full details.

Searching for and Requesting Items

  1. Search our catalogue to find out find out what we hold. You may find this information on how to refine your search using search filters helpful.
  2. Build a Favourites list: select your Favourites by clicking on the star icon on each item’s record. Once you have chosen your Favourites, select the “View Favourites” star icon near the top left of the page. Then click the “Request Information” button for each item you would like to enquire to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision about.
  3. Fill out the Request form that displays to the right of the Favourites list page. Please choose the “I would like to re-use this material” option in the “How can we help you?” dropdown menu. Once you have submitted the form, our staff will get back to you with more information about costs and timeframes for your request.
  4. You can also email your Favourites list to yourself or another email address of your choice, by clicking the “Email List” button at the top of the Favourites list.

For more information about re-using moving image items please refer to our Collection Access FAQs or contact us.

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