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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's new online exhibition

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's new online exhibition –Te Reo Pāpāho is the story of Te Reo on Air.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has announced the launch of Te Reo Pāpāho, an exhibition that profiles the broadcasters who have championed te reo Māori on radio.

Te Reo Pāpāho covers the early days of radio, when most recordings consisted of entertainment items, through the 1940s, when the first regular, fully te reo radio programmes, began and on to the Māori cultural renaissance of the 1970s and the push for more Māori language programmes.

Ngā Taonga Pou Ārahi, Honiana Love says: “Our first two Ngā Taonga Kōrero exhibitions focused on specific events – the opening of Tūrongo House at Tūrangawaewae Marae in 1938 (the Te Pūtaketanga o Ngā Taonga Kōrero
exhibition) and the return of the Māori Battalion from World War Two in 1946 (the Te Hokinga Mai o Te Rua Tekau mā Waru exhibition).

This exhibition is more ambitious in scope – spanning a period of time from the 1920s through to the 1970s. It provides genuine insights into the barriers that these broadcasters faced as they fought to increase the use of te reo on radio. Their commitment to the language has had a powerful influence on the richness of New Zealand's culture and Ngā Taonga is proud to be shining a light on their work,” says Ms Love.

Te Reo Pāpāho is the third of four exhibitions from Ngā Taonga Kōrero, the archive of RNZ’s Māori radio programmes.

The exhibition can be found on the Ngā Taonga website.

About Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s audiovisual archive. We save and cherish the stories, creativity and history of Aotearoa New Zealand in sound and moving images. With strong values of connection, creativity and conservation our purpose is to collect, share and care for New Zealand’s audiovisual taonga.

The Ngā Taonga Kōrero exhibitions contain many outstanding examples of oratory and Māori performing arts. Ngā Taonga is committed to sharing these taonga so that more New Zealanders can hear again the rich vocabulary and voices captured in these recordings. Ngā Taonga expects to launch the final Ngā Taonga Kōrero exhibition by June 2018.

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