I can confirm Shane and the Film Archive Project are legit and its an endeavour that strongly
believe people here should fully support.
Shane visited me a few weeks ago and I have donated equipment and software from my collection to the Film Archive and have made a standing offer to provide whatever additional hardware etc. they may need in future for display / archiving purposes.
I urge you all to look through your collections / magazines / pricelists and where you can provide information about any software that you can confirm was developed
in New Zealand and provide this information to the Film Archive and update the NZTRONIX List here: http://nztronix.org.nz/main.php
The NZTronix list sadly only has 47 titles listed and I believe there are 1000's of titles missing from this list. Remember you don't have to have been the author of the software to add details!
If own a title also consider donating a copy it can be preserved by the Film Archive or if it has already been dumped and is publically available online point this out as well.
I realise at some point a more systematic approach will be needed and someone will need to go through every issue of Bits&Bytes / Computer User / other NZ publications and compile one master list of every piece of NZ developed software mentioned.
Several years ago I was involved with with others in an exercise to do this in relation to the Sega SC-3000 and we ended up with a list of several hundred New Zealand titles (including magazine type-ins) and also successfully located, dumped and archived much of the software for this system. At this stage tapes were already starting to deteriorate and as every year passes archiving this material will get more difficult.
At times I am frustrated that the effort people put into preserving hardware of which there may be 1000s of working examples worldwide (and was built overseas) seems to completely eclipse our effort to preserve the software for which only a few copies may still exist here in NZ. Much of this software was self published and advertised only in small ads in magazines.
The hardware is dead but the software can still live on!
Terry's amazing Dick Smith System-80 site (and his efforts scanning and making available "Bits & Bytes") are probably the best model of a site preserving the history and knowledge of a system locally and should be a model that we all aspire too.