What terrific news!  I know the triumph is shared, but I've no doubt the 
persuasive powers of the indomitable MS O'Connell had a strong hand in it. 
Good going, Kiwi.

Steve Smolian

-----Original Message----- 
From: Marie O'Connell
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2012 4:58 PM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Changes to Audio Visual Archives in New Zealand

Just letting the list know that this is the official press release from
September 5, 2012, regarding our new merger.


*Changes to Audio Visual Archiving *

Radio New Zealand has welcomed today’s announcement of a significant
increase in funding for sound archiving in New Zealand.

Radio New Zealand has agreed to transfer the day-to-day management of its
sound archiving operations, Sound Archives/Ngā Taonga Kōrero, to the New
Zealand Film Archive effective from 1 October of this year.

In a joint statement, Radio New Zealand Chairman, Richard Griffin, and New
Zealand Film Archive Chair, Jane Kominik, paid tribute to the staff of
Sound Archives for their dedication to the task of preserving sound
archival material and emphasised the value of a cooperative future that
will enhance public access to the archive.
“ We regard this merger as a positive step in a process that will give
substance to the Government’s intention to set up a national archives
incorporating a diverse range of material that reflects our country’s
history. “

The sound archives operation will continue to be based in Christchurch and
all current Sound Archives staff have been offered employment with the Film

As part of the transfer agreement, baseline funding for sound archiving
will increase and $1 million will be provided for a special digitisation
project to help improve public accessibility to the Sound Archives

Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, also paid tribute to the
dedication and commitment of Sound Archives staff, some of whom had been
working with Radio New Zealand for many years.

In particular he praised the outstanding work done by the small band of
staff in securing and protecting the sound archives since the major
Canterbury earthquakes.

“The Sound Archive is one of this country’s most precious taonga, providing
an invaluable record of the social history of New Zealand over the past 80

“We look forward to working closely with the Film Archive to ensure that
the collection continues to be nurtured and protected for the benefit of
current and future generations for many years to come.”