Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound

We're preserving recorded heritage and increasing accessibility to the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound by digitising content. While most high-demand materials have copies available, access to some items could be delayed up to 6 months. Find out more.

Promoting knowledge and understanding of Māori and Pacific peoples through sound.


  • Search or browse the Archive index.
  • Explore by culture, iwi, performer or place, or by the featured collection of The Music of Samoa.
  • Our request service is available to researchers, students and the general public.

Visits by appointment

  • Visits are welcome by appointment only as audio-visual recordings take time to source and prepare for listening.
  • Much of the collection is not yet in the digital domain.
  • Submit an online Request for what you wish to listen to or watch.
  • The staff will advise you concerning availability and appointment times.

Explore selected collections online

Fāgogo: fables from Samoa

Fāgogo: fables from Samoa

Recorded in Samoan in the 1960s by Richard Moyle as part of a survey of traditional forms of music. They are intended to allow the student of Samoan language to learn as a Samoan child primarily does – by listening. See also the publication Fāgogo: fables from Samoa in Samoan and English.

South Pacific Arts Festival 1976South Pacific Arts Festival 1976

Held in Rotorua, New Zealand. The collection includes video and audio clips, photographs, colour slides, programmes, leaflets and song texts.

New Zealand Polynesian Festival 1981New Zealand Polynesian Festival 1981

Held at the Avondale Racecourse, Auckland, New Zealand, February 6,7,8, 1981. The collection includes video and audio clips, photographs, colour slides, programmes, leaflets and song texts.

Takū Islands ResearchTakū Islands Research

Recordings of the language, and traditional religious and cultural practices, by Richard Moyle. Watch an interview with Richard Moyle, where he discusses ethnomusicology, his Takū Islands research and the Archive.

Contact us

Physical address: Level 3, General Library, 26 Princes Street, Auckland 1010
Postal address: Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92109, Auckland 1142
Phone: +64 9 923 5008