The New Zealand Film Archive was established in 1981 to collect, protect and project New Zealand's moving image history. The Film Archive's collections stretch back to the birth of cinema in 1895. From small beginnings the Archive has grown rich and diverse collections representing every genre of filmmaking along with an impressive supporting collection of documentation. Professional and amateur filmmaking is represented, including special collections recorded by New Zealand's most prominent filmmaking individuals and production companies.

I just happened to fall across this place while just walking around downtown Wellington. It’s free and a good way to enjoy New Zealand’s history. Some notable archived film includes rare footage of Maori rituals from the early 1900’s to kiwi director Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings fame, early works. It is a perfect stop if the weather is wet. — ITKT Editor —

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