Minister of Culture George Angene and Ministry of Cultural Development secretary Anthony Turua with Cook Islander Susan Love de Miguel who works for Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision NZ. SUPPLIED/22111845
Many of the Cook Islands old audiovisuals from the 1960s to 2000s will be digitised in Wellington along with treasured New Zealand collections.
The content being digitised ranges from Constitution
Celebrations, Gospel Day, Ariki ceremonies and audio tapes of local legends and
musicians like the late Apiti Nicholas.
The project named Utaina was launched at the
National Library in Wellington on Thursday.
Utaina is a New Zealand government-funded
project to safeguard Aotearoa’s unique sound and video recordings to digitise
more the 460,000 items, expected to be completed in 2025.
a collaboration between the National Library, Archives New Zealand, and Ngā
Taonga Sound and Vision to digitise Cook Islands audiovisual collections with its
digitisation partner Memnon.
Cook Islands Minister of Culture George Angene
and Ministry of Cultural Development secretary, Anthony Turua, attended the
launch to support the inclusion of Cook Islands national archives.
According to a statement from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision,
Angene and Turua also visited the Utaina project facilities based in Lower Hutt
where digitisation partner, Memnon,
established a preservation digitisation facility.
The media release said Memnon has almost 20
years of experience in large-scale digitisation of audio and video assets for
libraries, universities, broadcasters, museums and government organisations
around the world.
The event was attended by New Zealand Minister
of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti, and NZ Associate Minister for Arts, Culture
and Heritage Kiritapu Allan, and Memnon CEO Heidi Shakespear.
The release said the inclusion of the Cook
Islands content would have cost around $1 million which was paid for by the New