Audio Archives

28th Maori Battalion Historical Archive

Person Describing Archive


Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Audio, text, photographs, video- not poetry)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand.

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Site Last Updated


Date Visited


General Description of Archive

This is an archive that documents the 28th Maori Battalion, from New Zealand, who fought in WWII. This website contains history, Interactive maps, Photos, Videos and Audio files as well as including user comments. This is an interesting site because it creates a very vivid picture of an event in all forms of media for research and learning purposes.

Description of archive history or URL

Published on July 30, 2009 by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Christopher and the Minister of Maori Affairs, Hon Pita Sharples. Audio files are from the Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Koreo in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Contact information, History Group, Ministry for Culture & Heritage, PO Box 5364, Wellington, NZ.

Searchable options

There is a keyword search bar, along with an advanced search that combines words, phrases with categories and file type. There is also a search option to combine None of these words.

Relation from the audio to the text

Audio sometimes has transcription. The transcription is not time-stamped and is written in paragraph format. The audio clips are usually no longer than a few minutes of speech, they are extracts from interviews.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Dates and context as well as a summary of the audio is given. Length of the file is only available on the Play Bar.

Author bios and context within literary history

There is a very short contextualization of the speaker in relation to these audio clips. The aim of this site is to contextualize the information and provide a history of the men who fought in WWII, so the entire site provides historical context.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

The files stream, and I believe it's in MP3 format, but it's not clear.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

This site includes audio, video and photos, although they are in separate sections. When an audio is played, there is a photo of the speaker above the play bar.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The file plays in Flash Player 10, in the same screen above the text.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Browsing is good on this site, as there are several categories and venues to explore, search and find related clips.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

There is an interactive map feature, as well as a comments section below each recording. There are also School Resources that provide fact sheets, activities, conceptual strands, etc.

Other notes

Note: Registered Users are listed and contribute to the site.