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Ngā Taonga moving its office, and closing its cinema

Press Release – Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Wellington office will be moving in Autumn from Taranaki Street to the National Library building on Molesworth Street.

Chief Executive Rebecca Elvy says, “The move from Taranaki Street is the culmination of a great deal of research, planning and negotiation made necessary by the reclassification of our premises as earthquake prone in 2014. The need to provide a safe and secure working environment for our staff was an absolute priority and the National Library building provides us with an excellent solution.”

Ahead of the move, the ground floor space at Taranaki Street will retain its building reception function but the café service and cinema will not reopen after the Christmas and New Year break. Ngā Taonga is actively exploring alternative screening options in the capital and the audiovisual collection Ngā Taonga cares for will remain accessible in other ways.

The building in Taranaki Street was sold by Ngā Taonga in April 2018 with the archive remaining as leaseholders while a longer-term home could be found. The possibility of moving into the National Library building arose in June 2018. After detailed discussion, the conditions upon which a move to the National Library depended – adequate space, affordability and installation of the archive’s own ICT infrastructure – were recently agreed and Ngā Taonga and the National Library are now finalising a memorandum of understanding and lease for the office space.

The lease on Taranaki Street will be retained by Ngā Taonga in the medium term for the storage of collection items. Public access to the ground floor media library and the Jonathan Dennis Library will continue until further notice.

The archive’s other premises at Avalon Studios in Lower Hutt, and in Christchurch will not be affected by the relocation of the Wellington offices.

“We are confident that the move to Molesworth Street is a solution that will provide safe and comfortable accommodation for our Wellington based staff for the immediate future,” continues Rebecca Elvy. “We are satisfied that the move will have no impact on the services we provide to our stakeholders, and that despite the closure of the cinema and café at Taranaki Street, we will remain accessible to the public through a variety of new outreach activities.”

It is planned that the move to the National Library will take place around May 2019.

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  1. Peter G., 10. December 2018, 15:18

    Another NZIFF venue disappears…

  2. Dougal, 10. December 2018, 19:14

    All this moving around shows little respect for the sound archives, much of which is on fragile discs. [The announcement says that collection items are not being moved in the medium term.]

  3. Chris Horne, 11. December 2018, 10:52

    How sad that the cinema and cafe are to close. I will never forget the welcoming staff and many evenings over the years watching remarkable films. Nga Taonga has always been just that – a taonga. Let’s hope that a replacement cinema and co-located cafe can be found promptly, and close to a bus service.

  4. Brent Efford, 12. December 2018, 8:58

    I echo Chris Horne’s comments – but would point out that the National Library already offers both a cafe and video viewing facilities (currently in the form of one-person pods) in its wonderful ground floor space. Some expansion of the latter facility should not be too difficult, I would imagine.
    A mini-cinema could be developed on the lower ground floor, with its entrance off Aitken St for after-hours NZIFF screenings. It would make a lot of sense for the public interface of Nga Taonga to be integrated into the National Library as our central cultural repository in this way, while still retaining an individual identity a la the Alexander Turnbull Library.

  5. Citizen Joe, 12. December 2018, 9:48

    The most calamitous event to happen to Wellington buildings has been earthquake building classification. The planners have imposed far more cost and destruction on Wellington’s buildings than earthquakes have achieved since the end of WW2.

  6. greenwelly, 12. December 2018, 10:01

    @Brent, There is already a “mini cinema” at the National library – it’s part of the conference centre. [But it does not have any of the projection equipment needed by Nga Taonga.]