Just launched and included in the latest e-news from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision [NZ film & sound archive] their new website: Just Click Here
There’s a welcome emphasis on New Zealand’s history with a front-and-centre blend of new and old footage, along with history-related news. Also of note is the repeated set of messages, ‘Our History Informs Us’, ‘Our History Helps Us Understand’, and ‘Our History matters’, followed by the all-encompassing ‘The Moving Images & Sounds of Aotearoa Bring Our History to Life’.
|Hon Kiritapu Allan speaking at the Utaina launch celebration.|
Among the announcements on the website is Utaina a multi-year project to digitally preserve Crown-owned audiovisual heritage material
In Budget 2020, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was allocated funding to support the digital preservation of Crown-owned audiovisual heritage material. This includes video and sound tapes and some magnetic sound on film, all of which physically deteriorate over time. Without digital preservation, over 95 percent of at-risk content could be lost in less than a decade. In addition, the playback technology for these formats is on the verge of obsolescence. There is a limited window to ensure that these taonga are preserved for future generations.