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Started 8 months ago

Petition to Jacinda Ardern, Clare Curran

Get Iconic Kiwis Online

The TVNZ Archive holds over 600,000 hours of television spanning almost 55 years of New Zealand’s public broadcasting history. The collection of 647,000 items includes iconic content such as documentaries, entertainment shows, dramas, sports programmes and nightly news bulletins. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage considers the majority of titles in the collection to be of high heritage value. In August 2014 the Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss publicly committed to the digitisation and free online access within three years of approximately 20,000 titles from the collection. He gave Nga Taonga Sound & Vision the explicit responsibility of digitising the items of highest heritage value, and ensuring New Zealanders could get online access, free of charge. Three years on and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage has confirmed that although 2,139 titles have been digitised – none of these iconic Kiwi titles have made it online. According to both the Ministry and TVNZ, the only reason this hasn’t happened is an ongoing dispute between the state broadcaster and Nga Taonga about which database fields can be displayed online. That’s the only reason: Copyright is not an issue. Online hosting and streaming are not issues. Nga Taonga have been funded millions of dollars to do this work from the public purse and it has still not happened. Well we believe New Zealanders have waited long enough, and fortunately there is another organisation with a strong track record in this area. Current Crown agreements also allow for the TVNZ Archive collection to be streamed freely on the government funded website NZ On Screen. This very easy to use website already boasts over 900 TVNZ titles that Kiwi families from all over New Zealand have been enjoying for the last nine years. All NZ On Screen would need from TVNZ would be a programme title and an original broadcast date – no commercially sensitive database fields required! Utilising NZ On Screen’s user comment functionality, people could quickly transcribe the credit list or write a brief description of the programme – easy. So we call on the Minister of Broadcasting Clare Curran and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern - as representative custodians of the TVNZ Archive collection - to release the thousands of TVNZ titles digitised by Nga Taonga over the last three years, and provide the digital files and some additional funding to NZ On Screen so that all New Zealanders can at last see historic Kiwi icons and events streaming on the internet – something we were all promised in 2014.   (This petition is organised by private citizens advocating for the protection and access to our shared heritage - we have no affiliation with Nga Taonga, TVNZ or NZ On Screen)

Campaign for Preservation and Access to our Taonga
63 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to Melbourne City Council, Victorian State Government

Leave Burke and Wills Behind

Are Burke and Wills national heroes? With the Metro Tunnel project under construction the Burke and Wills statue has retreated into storage. Upon the completion of the tunnel, do we wish to uphold the legacy of Burke and Wills by submitting to the statue's re-installation? The return of Burke and Wills to the corner of Collins and Swanston will perpetuate their standing as national heroes and only serve to obstruct any meaningful engagement with our violent colonial history.The space would be better suited to a more meaningful representation of our history. Why do we continuously paper over the rich 65,000 year-old Indigenous history of this country with the trifling affairs of posturing colonial explorers? In recognising the undue credit that Burke and Wills were given on the original plaque on their statue, which claimed that they were the 'first people' to cross the continent, the City of Melbourne agreed to amend the wording on the plaque, slightly. However, this is not enough. To honour, celebrate and learn more about our rich history, we need to make space, by de-emphasising stories about white colonists. We need to move the focus away from shallow narratives of heroic colonial exploration, through lands that were long before named, and long before mapped. SOME MORE INFO ON THE BURKE AND WILLS EXPEDITION“When Yandruwandha people in 1861 found the poor men who were the remnants of the Burke and Wills party roaming around apparently aimlessly, they felt they were lost either in mind or spirit. The Burke and Wills party did not know how to communicate effectively with their surrounds, utilise the resources at their fingertips or share their intentions with the native people with whom they came into contact.”  —Aaron Pateron (Yandruwandha descendant).  Robert O’Hara Burke, the leader of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition across the so-called Australian continent 157 years ago, was inexperienced, incapable, and rash. These were the qualities which led to the avoidable deaths of seven party members. The avoidable deaths of party members are ultimately what led to the expedition’s fame and place in Australian historical consciousness (though informed observers have been critical of celebrating the expedition or “expensive mistake” all along). The Yandruwandha people at Cooper’s Creek offered fish, nardoo and other foods to Burke, Wills and King – the stragglers of the starving upward march, only to be treated with disrespect and violence. Burke shot over the heads of the Yandruwandha people when they sought a meagre piece of cloth in return for the copious amounts of food they had given the entitled explorers, prolonging their survival. Just days before this shooting incident, a man nicknamed Pitchery, out of concern for the lone-wandering Wills, took him to a camp and fed him until he was ‘unable to eat anymore’. Burke struggled with the idea of being dependent for life on people he saw as inferior. Had he not jeopardised the relationship with Yandruwandha people, Burke and Wills could have survived. After they both died avoidable deaths, the Yandruwandha people saved King, the remaining party member in the area, from the same fate. One of the party’s two Indigenous guides, Dick, at one point saved the lives of two party members – Lyons and McPherson. Peter was the other Indigenous guide to the group who has received little historical recognition. Burke and Wills were part of a disorganised and disruptive expedition through lands that were already named, and already mapped. We don’t think they deserve to be honoured and celebrated via the returning of their statue to the city of Melbourne. These kind of narratives already take up too much space in our national conscious. “The barriers that have for so long kept Indigenous perspectives out of the Burke and Wills story were based not on lack of material but rather on perception and choice.” — Ian D. Clark and Fred Cahir, 'The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills : Forgotten Narratives'Please email historyskips@gmail.com with any questions, comments, concerns or to request more reading materials.

History Skips
60 supporters