Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision offers a unique service to the heritage sector and the production industry. 

With a collection of recordings spanning the history of radio in New Zealand, material is available for re-use in documentaries, exhibitions, news broadcasts and other productions.

In most cases, a licence fee will applyAll requests for access to sound items should be made via the Request form on our online catalogue (see information on Searching for and Requesting Items at the bottom of this page). We will then respond to your request with details of the costs and timeframes.

We are able to provide copies of some Sound Collection items for personal use or research. These can be supplied as electronic files (.mp3), or on CD. Cost recovery charges will apply. These copies may not be copied, broadcast, uploaded to a third-party website, or published in any other way without further clearance by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.


Read our schedule of fees for re-using sound items.


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collection of sound items is a broadcast collection, many of the recordings are, or can be made, production-ready.

Standard orders of up to three items are usually available within 15 working days. Larger orders are by negotiation.

If your request is genuinely urgent, please note this on your Request form or email us directly on

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. Radio New Zealand is the rights holder for many items in the Sound Collection and we are able to act on RNZ’s behalf in many cases to clear re-use of these items.

Note: commercially-released music recordings in our collection (78s, 45s, LPs, or CDs) are protected by multiple copyrights and are not usually able to be copied.

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 whenever public re-use of items considered to have significant Māori content is requested.

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

Searching for and Requesting Items

  1. Search our catalogue to find out find out what we hold. You may find these tips 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 pink “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 sound items please refer to our Audio Supply FAQs or contact us on