The staff of Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero is dedicated to collecting, preserving and providing access to New Zealand’s broadcast radio heritage. The Archive team is mostly based in Christchurch, with two staff working from the Ngā Taonga Kōrero office in Auckland.
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The Accessions Archivist is responsible for constructing a picture of the New Zealand radio market as it istoday, by bringing in new material to the Collection. The Collection consists of recordings made off air, and also those received as donations of mainly historical broadcast material. It aims to show the full diversity of material broadcast in New Zealand by all networks and stations, whether commercial, public, iwi, access, student or other forms of broadcast providers. The growth of the Collection is overseen by the Accessions Archivist and the Manager, in consultation with an Advisory Panel representing the radio industry, the archives profession and Maori broadcasting interests.
Preservation staff are responsible for ensuring that the fragile recordings in the archive are protected and able to be accessed in the future. This requires a detailed understanding of older audio formats, and the conservation and restoration treatments that might enhance the lifespan of a recording. The Preservation team is currently focused on converting each recording to a digital format. This process sees each recording played back in real time on a legacy playback device and captured as a digital audio file. It is hoped that the entire collection, which equates to many thousands of hours of audio, will eventually be migrated to a digital format so that the delicate recordings need never be touched again. This will allow researchers to access our unique collections in perpetuity.
Cataloguing involves the description of sound recordings and is central to retrieving items held at the Archive. The Cataloguer is responsible for the implementation of cataloguing, including establishing policy standards for the description of the collection. The role also involves ongoing retrospective cataloguing of the collection to enhance access.
The Ngā Taonga Kōrero researcher is involved in creating a synopsis of the historic Maori recordings held at the Archive, as well as other Maori broadcast material. The work includes translation from Maori to English, which allows people to gain access to the material through the website database.
The Client Supply Archivist is responsible for all incoming recording requests. This involves dealing with any email and phone queries, payment details, and research. Audio work encompasses digitising and compiling requests, audio format conversion, editing and any digital signal processing, and audio file delivery.
The Manager oversees the daily running of the archive and facilitates access to holdings for commercial and wider usage. The Manager is also responsible for developing and ensuring implementation of archival policy in line with best internationally accepted professional standards.
The purpose of the Advisory Panel is to oversee the area of Selection and Acquisition. The Selection and Acquisition Policy is published on this website.
Tainui Stephens (Chair - Freelance Producer/Director/Writer)
Bill Francis (Chief Executive, Radio Broadcasters Association)
Nicki Reece (Station Manager, Plains FM)
Chris Szekely (Chief Librarian, Alexander Turnbull Library)
Help us preserve radio history.
We are always looking to add to our archive.
Sound Archives in Christchurch holds many photographs, memorabilia, and documents relating to the history of radio in New Zealand. You can view some of our photographs in the gallery
Sound Archives has been involved in some interesting projects.