Checking out a video on the Ngā Taonga website.
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Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision


Web application design and development


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision


Web application design and development

“Boost’s process means I agree to features as they are built instead of taking delivery at the end of the project, only to find I’m stuck with bits that don’t work as I want them to”
Diane Pivac, Principal Curator of Ngā Taonga

The Mission

Success breeds success

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision came to us to develop their corporate site after the success we’d achieved with their award-winning website Anzac Sights & Sounds.

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is New Zealand’s moving image and sound archive, formed when the Film Archive, Radio NZ and TVNZ archives merged. Their budget was tight but much needed to be achieved: unify three disparate collections, convey the authority of a corporate site while appealing to a younger audience, and implement a new Content Management System. Our solution? An Agile project and open source tools.

Mockup showing the Ngā Taonga website design on desktop and mobile.

The Approach

Maximising outcomes, minimising outlay

Ngā Taonga aims to collect, share and care for New Zealand’s audiovisual taonga. They wanted to make it easy for all New Zealanders to find and use their combined collections. Leveraging our expertise in solving complex digital asset management problems, we used the open source Supplejack collection aggregator we had developed. This pulled together the 270,000 collection items into a single, searchable online catalogue that lets users collect, share and research the resources.

To limit costs we re-skinned the out-of-the-box Supplejack search website, implementing a responsive design that features a vibrant, image-rich look and feel, immersive video and audio, and easy social sharing. To speed up the build we used Refinery, an open source Ruby on Rails CMS.









simple search

Viewing the Ngā Taonga website on a laptop.

The Process

Together is better

Collaboration is at the heart of our Agile approach. We worked with Ngā Taonga from the outset, using creative activities to help them form their project vision. Ngā Taonga Product Owner Diane Pivac became part of the project team, coming into Boost for each stand up.

We were able to deliver more value and less risk by prioritising Diane’s requirements and delivering them in stages.

Mobile mockups showing examples of easy-to-use features enabled by the development of the Ngā Taonga web application.
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