All visits to the Archive (in Auckland or Christchurch) are by appointment only. This is because many recordings are held on fragile formats and take time to source and prepare for listening. Not all material is available for listening (due to its preservation status) and some items require clearance from rights holders.
Requests to listen to material on-site must be made at least 15 working days in advance to give the Archive adequate time to prepare the audio for listening. Appointments are to be made during business hours; the times and days will be at our discretion, although we will try to accommodate requests, especially from out of town researchers. Group listening facilities are not available at present.
Researchers must clearly state the nature of their request (e.g. for research, for publication or for private use) and search the catalogue prior to their visit, providing the Archive with as much information as possible to help locate material.
Typically, a listening session would include a maximum of three recordings and/or last for 1-2 hours; researchers should prioritise material selected for listening.
If more than one listening session is required, then another session will be scheduled at a later date. Please note: larger projects that require longer sessions or multiple visits to either site must be negotiated with the Christchurch Manager and a research fee will be incurred at a cost of;
Free for first half-hour
Thereafter, $30.00 +gst per half hour. (This includes, but is not restricted to, cost recovery of materials and photocopying)
$0.25 + gst per A4
$7.50 + gst per CD-R
Thank you for your request
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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
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