Watch a behind the scenes video on the treasures held in the Sound Collection

Or watch a presentation on the origins of the Sound Collection by Peter Downes

Radio Collection

The Radio Collection totals many thousands of hours of audio. Broadcast radio recordings are available dating from the 1930s to today.

Many of the recordings in the Radio Collection were recorded by Radio New Zealand and its predecessors.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision also regularly records programmes from a variety of contemporary radio stations, constructing a picture of the New Zealand broadcast radio market as it exists today.

Image: Aunt Daisy (Maud Ruby Basham) on the air in 1956.

Irirangi Māori Archiving Project

Te Māngai Pāho has contracted Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's expert services to ensure iwi radio collections are adequately archived, housed and made accessible to the public.

The Irirangi Māori Archiving Project provides archiving services for 21 iwi radio stations across the country.

Legacy material is collected from the stations, which Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision then digitises, catalogues and returns to the stations in digital form.

Image: Te Iwa Tamaki, Kairokiroiki: Irirangi Māori Archivist.

Ngā Taonga Kōrero Collection

The Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Treasures of Speech) collection holds over 12,000 audio taonga.

The collection dates from the early 1960s, when the Māori section of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation was set up by Leo Fowler and Wiremu Kerekere. The pair travelled the country, recording marae openings, the Coronation hui, Hui Toopu, Hui Aranga, regional and national cultural festivals, ngā tangihanga, welcomes and farewells, Waitangi Day commemorations, royal occasions, and Māori cultural clubs.

Image: Uruamo Paora (Lou Paul) Ngāti Whātua, an early Auckland Radio announcer.

New Zealand Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit Collection

A preeminent assemblage of broadcast oral histories recorded around regional New Zealand during and after World War II.

The recordings, in both English and Te Reo Māori, contain eye-witness accounts reaching back as far as the 1850s. In the 1940s there were people alive who remembered the New Zealand Wars in Waikato and Taranaki, and the gold rushes in Coromandel and Central Otago; these memories are among the hundreds of interviews contained in the collection. The collection also includes recordings of local amateur musical groups and performers.

Image: NZBS Mobile Unit truck, c. 1947.

The D Series

A collection of over 10,000 discs dating from 1935 through to the late 1950s.

General Tape Collection

Includes audio on 5", 7" and 10.5" reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes and digital audio tapes.

This collection encompasses cuts edited from longer programmes, often taken out of context, as well as entire programmes, and – in some cases – actual series in their entirety.

Māori Acetate Collections

We hold approximately 1,000 discs on Māori subjects and in Te Reo, recorded c. 1937 - 1960, which do not fit into other series.

Of these nearly half belong to a series broadcast 1949 - 1958, entitled Ngā Pao me ngā Pakiwaitara a te Māori / Song and Story of the Māori. These programmes featured recordings of Māori events made by the NZBS in the 1940s.

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