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Exhibition: Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka

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Curated by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Running between 11 October 2019 to 22 February 2020, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, Saturday at Te Puna Foundation Gallery, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Wellington, Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka is a must attend exhibition.

What happens when a stack of rusty tins containing rare footage of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake is uncovered? This exhibition explores how Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s expert archivists preserved this and other taonga.

Discover how Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, New Zealand’s audiovisual archive, is saving our nation’s history. Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka follows the journey of the Thomas H Whetton collection of films. The collection arrived at Ngā Taonga as a stack of rusty, dust-covered film cans over 80 years old. When our experts began work it was a surprise to find much of the film inside was in great condition. This included never before seen footage of the aftermath of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. See this and other treasures from the Ngā Taonga collection of film, television and sound.

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