The Chapman Archive is the University Library's largest audiovisual collection. The Archive's focus is on building a collection that reflects New Zealand's political, social, cultural and economic history as shown through broadcast media. This broad focus has allowed the Chapman Archive to develop a comprehensive collection of news and current affairs programming depicting defining moments in New Zealand's history.
The Archive began as a personal collection of broadcast recordings made by Professor Robert Chapman and his wife Noeline in the early 1960s. It later became a resource of the University of Auckland's Department of Political Studies before moving to the University Library in 2011.
The collection covers broadcasting from the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, Television New Zealand, commercial broadcasters, including TV3 from 1989. Also covered is an extensive collection of Radio New Zealand broadcasts.
The Chapman Archive is not affiliated with any broadcaster and collects programmes in their entirety as they are aired. A majority of the broadcasts are fully described, making it a unique collection which provides a view of New Zealand's past that is not easily accessible through other means.
The Television Vault is a collection of television and radio broadcasting with a strong focus on Māori television programming.
Programmes in the Television Vault date from March 2004 with the launch of the Māori Television channel. The collection was extended in March 2008 to include the Te Reo, New Zealand's only exclusively Māori language television service.
Further, the collection includes programming from other channels to support learning and teaching across many academic disciplines.
The Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound comprises an ethnographic sound and video collection of national and international significance.
It was established in 1970 to promote research into the music of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori, and those of the people of the Pacific Islands. Its holdings today include material from most tribal groups of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, oral histories, stories and language resources.
Only television and radio broadcasts held in this collection are available through TV and Radio. Information on accessing other items in this collection is available on the Archive website.
The Māori Audiovisual Collection was initially developed in the 1980s to provide access to Māori kaupapa and Te Reo Māori resources.
The collection originated in the Māori Studies Library, Te Huka-ā-tai, recording and collecting broadcasts of TVNZ's Waka Huia and Koha programmes. It later grew to include programmes from other channels and genres including drama, performing arts, current affairs, youth, and documentaries.
For all enquiries regarding the TV and Radio service, including the Chapman Archive, archive policy and copyright queries, please contact:
Additional services available to post-graduate students and staff at the University of Auckland are:
Reference interviews for those with specialised research needs.
Assistance with identifying and collecting relevant programmes for teaching and research.
Assistance with locating and accessing programmes not yet available through TV and Radio