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New look and sound for audiovisual archive

The Wellington-based staff of the audiovisual archive for Aotearoa New Zealand, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, are to move to new offices in the National Library Building next Monday (23 September).

Acting Chief Executive at Ngā Taonga, Honiana Love (pictured) said the organisation had been looking forward to this moment for several years.

“Ever since our building at Taranaki Street was assessed as earthquake-prone our priority since then has been to find safe and secure accommodation for our Wellington staff and we are very pleased that the risk has been removed as completely as it can be,” Ms Love said.

“The move places Ngā Taonga in the heart of the ‘archives quarter’, side-by-side with New Zealand’s two other archival institutions, the National Library and Archives New Zealand.”

She said Ngā Taonga remained an independent charitable trust but the proximity of all three archives was expected to create opportunities for both formal and informal connections across the recorded heritage sector.

Ms Love said most services previously available at Taranaki Street would be available at the National Library building on Molesworth Street with members of the public able to search the archive’s online catalogue, view and listen to material available online and view additional content in the Medianet collection on monitors.

She said the only change from previous access arrangements was that viewing of material on disc or tape previously held in the Taranaki Street Media Library collection would be by appointment in the National Library’s Katherine Mansfield Reading Room.