Damaged nitrate film with rusty can.

Rust + Restoration | He Waikura He Whakauka

11 Oct 2019 to 22 Feb 2020 | 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri | 9am to 1pm, Sat | Te Puna Foundation Gallery

Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision's journey to restore and preserve Thomas Henry Whetton’s work is showcased in this exhibition.

Rare footage of 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake

What happens when a stack of rusty tins containing rare footage of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake is uncovered? The films were from the collection of Thomas H Whetton, freelance cameraman and inventor. Quality footage showing the immediate aftermath of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake was a major highlight of his work.

Preserving audiovisual heritage

The exhibition features a 20-minute showreel of earthquake footage and other film, as well as exhibits explaining how Ngā Taonga preserves our audiovisual heritage.

Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision

 

Rust + Restoration | He Waikura He Whakauka Stories of resfue: From the archives of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision

Ngā Taonga thanks Te Puna Foundation for their support of this exhibition.


Feature image at top of page: Some of the images received in the Thomas H Whetton collection were irretrievable. Nitrate film with rusty can. Photo: Kurt Otzen. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.