Maori Tape Collections

Collection held in Auckland

Nga Taonga Korero in Auckland holds over 12 000 audio treasures, featuring recordings from many of the significant hui and of many prominent Maori figures since the Second World War. The majority of these tapes are broadcast programmes on a variety of formats. There are also many recordings of festivals, cultural competitions, oral history. Approximately 60 per cent of the collection is in te reo Maori. A partial database for this collection is searchable on this site.

This collection includes several major series of recorded programmes. There are 650 tapes from the early Fowler/Kerekere/Parker era. This series bears the simple name Maori Programmes. In many instances the original scripts still exist. In 1977 this series became known as Te Mana Maori, and from 1979, He Rerenga Korero. Wiremu Kerekere continued his input into the series until his retirement in 1984, though later programmes were produced by Haare Williams and Henare te Ua. This programe finally ended in 1996. Te Puna Wai Korero was established by Selwyn Muru in 1971. It was a programme in English which was to reflect aspects of concern to the Maori people. Muru highlighted basic Maori concerns, the prisons, social work and Maori wanting a better deal in the hierarchical structures in this country. He produced the programme until 1978, subsequent producers were Whai Ngata (1978-81) and Henare Te Ua (1981-96). Special mention should also be made of the series Te Reo o te Maori, produced and presented by Ted Nepia. Completely in te reo Maori, recordings of this programme date from 1966, although it began several years earlier. In 1975 the series was renamed Te Reo o te Pipiwharauroa, production being taken over by Selwyn Muru. It was regarded as the 'flagship' of the unit's programme output. Subsequent producers included Wiremu Kerekere, Whai Ngata, Purewa Biddle, Haare Williams, Te Pere Curtis, Pou Temara, Te Arani Peita, Maihi Nikora and Hemana Waaka. Production ceased in 1997. In addition Te Reo o Aotearoa made various programmes with a Pacific focus, producers involved in these included Ratu Daniela, Mataiapo Papa George Crummer, Sione Jacobsen and Sofi Pua.

These items can be found by searching our online database:

Enquiries regarding these recordings should be directed to:

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

PO Box 909
Christchurch 8140
Phone: +64 3 374 8468

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Apart from the publicly available online catalogues there are many other finding aids, catalogues, inventories and indexes available to the staff at Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero to facilitate client enquiries. We welcome enquiries regarding specific recordings that we may hold. Such enquiries should be as specific as possible, including all relevant names, dates, places and other particulars. You are welcome to email us for more detail on any of our recordings.


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