From 1929 The Fox Movietone and Cinesound newsreels played in cinemas across the country.
They immortalised the famous and the infamous, the eccentric and the battlers. The images evoke the fads and fashions of each decade, and are homage to the memory of those individuals who shaped 20th Century New Zealand. The commentaries encapsulate humour, sadness and empathy as well as prejudice, bitterness and ridicule. This collection holds up a mirror to triumph and disaster, to the glorious and the banal, and demonstrates how ordinary New Zealanders as well as its heroes moulded New Zealand as a nation. In 2003 UNESCO placed the Cinesound Movietone Archive, alongside the Endeavour journal of Captain Cook, on its Memory of the World Register.
They are a unique record of the way we were.