Te Marama Puoro O Aotearoa, NZ Music Month 2023
New Zealand Music Month is a time to celebrate and support our local New Zealand music industry. Since the early days of recorded sound technology, New Zealanders have enjoyed the ease of being able to listen to their favourite tracks on demand. But it wasn't until the mid-20th century that New Zealand produced music showcasing local artists was commercially available. Here's a selection of gramophone records and players produced in New Zealand from MOTAT's collections.
21st Century Tech
We're nearly a quarter of the way through this century - the first century of the new millennium. Here's a glimpse of some innovations and technology manufactured during the 21st century which are in the MOTAT collections.
Needing to keep cool in this hot weather? Check out these fans and fan-inspired items from MOTAT's collections.
Luggage tags are a “must-have” in this busy season of travel so bags and suitcases can be easily identified. Here’s a selection from MOTAT’s collection to get you inspired!
100 years of New Zealand radio broadcasting
On the 17th of November 1921, Robert Jack made the first radio broadcast in New Zealand from the University of Otago. Commercial radio broadcasting began in February 1922 from a Wellington station, with stations hot on their heels in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Whanganui, Gisborne and Auckland. This highlight explores radios and radio paraphernalia from MOTAT’s collection; from 1920s crystal sets used to listen to those early broadcasts, to early valve radios powered by large batteries before the advent of electricity in homes, Bakelite mantle radios, portable radios following the invention of transistors, and car radios to bring the music to your road trip.
What makes things work? MOTAT’s collection includes a number of cutaway and dismantled objects and drawings which allow us to see the inner workings of familiar items.
Your next stop is...
From horse-drawn buses to motorised public transport, destination blinds have guided people to places for nearly 200 years. This selection is from MOTAT's Road Transport collection. Automated LED lights are used today on buses and trains, however these examples were manually operated. Which destination would you like to visit?
These items and audio recordings are a part of our Covid 19 collection which aims to document this time via the innovations created in New Zealand since March 2020.
Best Reached By Rail
Advertising posters designed by the New Zealand Railways Department’s publicity studio encouraged Kiwis to choose rail for their holiday transportation.
Featuring vivacious figures and picturesque landscapes, these sometimes quirky posters offer a chance to reflect on how New Zealanders of the past holidayed and explored their own ‘backyard’.
This highlight showcases the full collection of rail posters from the Richard Croker Collection. Twelve of these posters feature in Best Reached by Rail at the Walsh Memorial Library from 3 August 2020 - 20 July 2021
MOTAT Fun: Search our collection by colour!
Discover the MOTAT collection by searching by colour, found on the Collections Online homepage! We've got you started by selecting a few objects tagged with green - everything from 'khaki' to 'sea green'.