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Collections

Classic and curious collections, hand-picked by NZ On Screen and special guests

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The Radio Collection

A collection that highlights the impact, achievements (and some shock-jock antics) of the radio industry an Aotearoa.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 28 Items
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The Banned Collection

A collection of titles that pushed the boundaries, and were sometimes banned for doing so.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 11 Items

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Artists on Screen Collection

For this screen showcase of NZ visual arts talent, critic Mark Amery selects his top arts documentaries profiling NZ artists, both lauded and unheralded.

Curated by Mark Amery 11 Items

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Black Gold

This legacy collection draws on archive footage, some rarely seen, to celebrate the stories behind Kiwis going for Olympic and Commonwealth gold.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 34 Items

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Wellington

Wellington has been New Zealand’s capital city since 1865. Here are 50 reasons to love Wellington, from Flight of the Conchords to Carmen, from Close to Home to car chases on Courtenay Place.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 50 Items

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The Bird Collection

A collection devoted to our feathered friends — from nosey kea to noisy kākāpō, to miraculous rescue missions and birds whose only remaining home is the museum.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 53 Items

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Best of the 80s

This 1980s collection shows the screen icons from the decade of shoulder pads and the sharemarket crash – from Billy T's yellow towel, to Karyn Hay's vowels.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 15 Items

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National Film Unit Collection

This collection celebrates government filmmaking body the National Film Unit. Culled from more than 370 NFU films on NZ On Screen, these 30 highlights cover everything from wartime newsreels and glimpses into Kiwi culture, to Oscar-nominated images of Antarctica and the Southern Alps.

Curated by Clive Sowry 30 Items

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Aotearoa Hip Hop

Hip hop supremo Philip Bell (DJ Sir-Vere) picks his top 10 hip hop music videos from New Zealand. The clips mark the evolution of an indigenous style.

Curated by DJ Sir-Vere 10 Items

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Split Enz

Documentaries, music videos and curious odds'n'enz, celebrating a truly trailblazing band.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 20 Items

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NZ On Air Top 20

NZ On Air began funding local content in 1989. This special collection looks back at the 20 most watched NZ On Air-funded programmes since then — plus some bonus titles that also rated highly.

Curated by Kathryn Quirk 20 Items

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The Don McGlashan Collection

Don McGlashan plays drums, horns and guitars, has crafted classic songs with Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds and as a solo artist, and has won multiple awards for his soundtracks. This collection pays tribute to a talented man.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 32 Items

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The Pacific Collection

From Niue to Auckland, from Tagata Pasifika to bro'Town, from Bill Sevesi to King Kapisi — 30 classic titles celebrating Pasifika culture and people.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 31 Items

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Christchurch

As a showcase history of Christchurch onscreen this collection is backwards looking; but the devastation caused by the quakes gives it poignancy beyond that.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 66 Items

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Kiwi Oscar Heroes

A collection of films that have seen Kiwis winning glory at the Academy Awards — or coming very close.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 15 Items

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Kiwi Music Videos: The Award-Winners

Guitars, Diamonds and Smiles: a collection of award-winning music videos which spans three decades.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 40 Items

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The Antarctica Collection

A collection celebrating Antarctica.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 21 Items

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Kids Classics

"Keep cool till after school" with this collection of classic kids programmes.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 13 Items

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NZ Fashion On Screen

Launched to mark 10 years of New Zealand Fashion Week, this collection celebrates Kiwi fashion on screen, from TV fashion shows to documentaries on designers, to newsreel gold.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 27 Items

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The Animation Collection

From talking chickens to dancing Cossacks, feast on this collection of Kiwi animation - from early stop motion shenanigans to Bride of Frankenstein.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 57 Items

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Controversial Crime Stories

A collection of crime cases that have been the subject of high profile documentaries and dramas.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 13 Items

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The Sam Hunt Collection

A collection celebrating Sam Hunt – a man for whom poetry is his lifeblood; a poet whose words have provided a backdrop to New Zealand lives.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 8 Items

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The Chris Knox Collection

This collection pays tribute to low-tech music legend Chris Knox. "A unique and important collection of work", says Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd.

Curated by Roger Shepherd 43 Items

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Cover Songs

Crummer sings Clapton, Head Like a Hole sings Springsteen: a collection of popular New Zealand cover songs.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 24 Items

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Songs of Westside

A parade of classic Kiwi songs, from the series that goes back to where it all began for the Wests — our favourite bogan TV family.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 72 Items

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The Dragon Collection

A collection showcasing classic Kiwi band Dragon.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 14 Items

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Thirty Years of Three

November 2019 marks three decades since Three first went to air. This 30th birthday collection looks back at notable shows, starting from the very first day of transmission.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 46 Items

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2016's Most Viewed

NZ On Screen's Collection of most viewed clips for 2016 includes classic adverts, musical interludes, and legendary talents lost to us over the year — from Martin Crowe to Ray Columbus, actor Sophia Hawthorne, and David Bowie.

Curated by Kathryn Quirk 12 Items

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The Shortland Street Collection

A celebration of long-running soap Shortland Street, including calamities, music, bloopers and more.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 46 Items

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The 48Hours Collection

A collection devoted to New Zealand's annual 48Hours competition for films made furiously fast.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 23 Items

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The Horse Collection

This collection features all things equine on NZ screens – horse documentaries, dramas, newsreels, and more.

Curated by the NZ On Screen team 22 Items

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Sculpture

A collection about some of New Zealand's notable sculptors and their work.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 14 Items

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The Hello Sailor Collection

A collection devoted to legendary Ponsonby rock'n'rollers Hello Sailor.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 22 Items

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The Music Festivals Collection

The counterculture, the mud, the hangovers – and the music! From New Zealand's very own Woodstock to Gisborne's hot ticket, Rhythm and Vines, this collection covers the long history of music festivals in Aotearoa.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 16 Items

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The Roger Donaldson Collection

A collection devoted to the career of director Roger Donaldson, including award-winning dramas, interviews, and lost gems.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 35 Items

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NZ On Air - 30th Birthday Collection

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of funding organisation NZ On Air: from Jacinda Ardern to Oscar Kightley, famous Kiwis talk about their favourite New Zealand TV programmes and music videos.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 24 Items

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Horror

Vampires, zombies, mutant sheep, and the Bride of Frankenstein: a collection devoted to Kiwi horror.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 48 Items

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New Zealand Poetry

A collection featuring documentaries about some of New Zealand's most celebrated poets — plus classic train film The Coaster.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 19 Items

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Classic Kiwi Food Shows

Food shows have been a staple of the Kiwi TV diet since our very first broadcasts. This collection offers up a smorgasbord of local chefs and culinary delights.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 10 Items

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Kiwi Love Songs

From Blam Blam Blam to Tiki Taane, a collection of classic love songs spanning 50 years.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 31 Items

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NZ Comedy is a Bit S**t ...But in a Good Way

A collection exploring the mindspinning idea that Kiwi comedy be a bit shit and quite good, all at the same time.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 30 Items

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The Sci-fi Collection

From alien hunters to futuristic fuel wars to nuclear volcanoes this collection is a showcase of film and TV that has imagined 'what if?' versions of NZ life.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 41 Items

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In Memoriam Collection

These short videos acknowledge members of the New Zealand screen industry who have passed away.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 8 Items

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Kiwi Song Birds

A salute to the women of New Zealand music – the songs and songstresses that have found their way into Kiwi hearts.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 34 Items

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Snow

The Snow collection features titles about New Zealand's mountains and ice, with everything from ski ballet to polar ice-fishing.

Curated by the NZ On Screen team 30 Items

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The Protest Collection

A collection which spans decades of public protest in New Zealand.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 38 Items

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The Matariki Collection

A selection of iconic Māori TV, film and music video for Matariki. Check out everything from haka to hip hop, Billy T to the birth of Māori Television.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 71 Items

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Five Decades of NZ Number One Hits

Jump between the decades for 50 years of Kiwi music ... counting the beat from 60s ballads to turn of the century hip hop.

Curated by NZ On Screen team 5 Items

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Rugby

This collection celebrates rugby in New Zealand as it's been seen onscreen: from classic bios and tour docos, to social history, dramas and protest.

Curated by the NZ On Screen team 54 Items

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