28 May 2013

Project begins to restore Fiji's historic video footage

1:09 pm on 28 May 2013

The Fiji government has announced a major restoration and digitisation project to restore historic video footage in the national archives.

It is hoped the project will save irreplaceable footage of Fiji's colonial past, sporting achievements and cultural events dating back to the early 1940s.

The Ministry of Information's Permanent Secretary, Sharon Smith-Johns, has told FBC News the plan is to eventually have the videos posted online so they can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

But she adds that past governments haven't focussed on Fiji's culture and heritage and some of the footage cannot be saved.

Ms Smith-Johns says the project will cost about half a million US dollars.