Alexander Turnbull Library

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Alexander Turnbull Library
National Library of New Zealand
cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets
Thorndon
Wellington 6144
52 days ago

What's On at the National Library - December 2021

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora
Below is our suite of free events for December 2021, and online events at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Digital Pasifik live - Solomon Islands National Museum
Join on an online tour of the Solomon Islands National Museum … View more
Kia ora
Below is our suite of free events for December 2021, and online events at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Digital Pasifik live - Solomon Islands National Museum
Join on an online tour of the Solomon Islands National Museum with the Deputy Director Lawrence Kiko, who will be showing a selection of items from the Museum.

Date: Tuesday 30 November 2021 Time: 6pm to 7pm Cost: Free Venue: Online by Zoom please see the website
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Te pānui o Te Awhi Rito — Te hā, te kupu, te kōrero
Te Awhi Rito, Ben Brown, presents his pānui / inaugural address about the importance of reading to children and the way stories give us a deeper understanding of our relationships to each other and the world we live in.

Date: Thursday 2 December 2021 Time: 6pm to 7pm Cost: Free Register online before 29 November 2021 Venue: Online by Zoom please see the website
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Ngā Tānga Reo Māori: An introduction to the Books in Māori collection of printed Māori taonga.
The Library has begun to digitise its collection of printed Māori, and the first items will be made available on a new books portal in the Papers Past website. Join Māori Digitisation Advisor Clare Butler (Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) and Curator, Māori Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) online, to take a closer look at part of the Library’s extensive collection of printed Māori language material, and this exciting development which will make them available beyond the Library’s walls.

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021 Time: 1pm to 2pm Cost: Free Register online Venue: Online by Zoom please see the website
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Human Rights Day – ‘A Thousand Cuts’ documentary screening and panel discussion
Join the Netherlands Embassy and the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand for a screening of the multiple award-winning documentary A Thousand Cuts, which portrays the drive of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa to defend freedom of expression.

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021 Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm Cost: Free Booking from website
Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor
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He Tohu Audio and Sign Language Guides
Discover the new He Tohu Audio and Sign Language Guides at the National Library of New Zealand.  Come and explore He Tohu in one of seven languages; English, Te Reo Māori, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, French, German and NZ Sign Language.

Date: Monday 29 November 2021 onwards  Time: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday  9am to 1pm Saturdays Cost: Free  Venue: He Tohu, Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor
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Trouble in Paradise: Climate change in the Pacific
A photographic exhibition documenting the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific, artworks by Sheyne Tuffery, and a selection of historical rare books from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Date: Thursday 4 November 2021 to Saturday 30 April 2022 Time: 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday  9am to 1pm Saturdays Cost: Free Venue: National Library Gallery, Ground Floor
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Imagining Dante exhibition
Imagining Dante showcases some of the illustrated editions of the Divine Comedy held by the Alexander Turnbull Library from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries.

Date: 1 November 2021 to 28 January 2022 Time: 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday  9am to 1pm Saturdays Cost: Free Venue: Turnbull Gallery, Level 1

161 days ago

August events at the National Library

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora
Below is our suite of free events for August 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Gender matters in writing
Date: Monday 16 August 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm
Cost: Free — koha to support the work of LAGANZ appreciated
Location:… View more
Kia ora
Below is our suite of free events for August 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Gender matters in writing
Date: Monday 16 August 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm
Cost: Free — koha to support the work of LAGANZ appreciated
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

New Zealand Society of Authors (Wellington) in association with the Lesbian and Gay Archives NZ and the Alexander Turnbull Library is proud to present ‘Gender Matters’ — a celebration of transgender and non-binary writers in Aotearoa.
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Twenty years of Papers Past
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

As part of Family History Month 2021 Emerson Vandy will reflect on 20 years of Papers Past — the development of the site, some of the stories we’ve encountered, and what is coming up. There will also be a chance to ask questions about using this invaluable service.
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E oho! Contemporary pursuit of justice for Māori
Date: Wednesday 18 August 2021, 12:10am to 1:30pm
Registrations close: Monday 16 August, 5pm
Cost: Free. Registration essential. events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

Māori rights defenders have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand in the past with campaigns taking many forms. We will hear from prominent Māori rights defenders on what recent threats have rallied acts of resistance, what justice campaigns look and feel like at the coalface, and what the responses or outcomes have been.
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Dr H B Turbott, “the Radio Doctor”
Date: Thursday 19 August 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free. Koha from non-members appreciate
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com

Hear Dunedin PhD graduate and researcher Claire Macindoe talk about Dr H B Turbott New Zealand’s first health communicator and disease-prevention expert.
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Comicfest 2021
Date: Saturday 21 August 2021, 9am to 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington

Join us for this fantastic — and totally free — national celebration of all NZ things comics-related. Featuring a whole galaxy of Aotearoa’s finest graphic artists and authors in a full day of events for comic fans of all ages, plus hundreds of free comics to give away for Free Comic Book Day!
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Picturing protest and photographing dissent
Date: Wednesday 25 August 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

From scary fairies to Ihumātao solidarity and Kiwi QAnon anti-vaxers: Dylan Owen shares images and stories from his years as a protest photographer.
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40th anniversary of the Springbok tour protests
Date: Saturday 28 August 2021, 10am to 2pm
Cost: Free
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

Join us for a day of dialogue and reflection on the 40th anniversary of the Springbok tour. Watch a screening of Merata Mita’s definitive protest documentary PATU! (1983), and hear about the impact of the tour.
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234 days ago

What's On at the National Library, Thorndon. June 2021

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Tēnā koe,

Whether you’re looking for compelling talks to fill your lunchbreak, an up-close experience with some of our collections, or an engaging weekend activity for tamariki. Check out Fortnite, fades and kicks for something different... we have something for you at the National Library … View more
Tēnā koe,

Whether you’re looking for compelling talks to fill your lunchbreak, an up-close experience with some of our collections, or an engaging weekend activity for tamariki. Check out Fortnite, fades and kicks for something different... we have something for you at the National Library this June (and the last weekend of May)
Come in out of the cold and get involved.
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Algo-Rhythm: A whānau day of technology and music
Discover the future of technology and music at Algo-Rhythm! Join the Wellington City Libraries Makerspace team and learn about the technologies that make modern libraries ‘sizzle,’ from virtual reality, robotics, and more! Watch a visual tribute to classic video games and the artists inspired by them with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and enjoy musical performances throughout the day!

Date: Saturday 29 May 2021 |  Time: 10am to 1pm | Cost: Free |  Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor | 
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Gamelan Aotearoa
‘...rhythmic intricacy, hypnotic patterns, sheer sonic power, and refreshingly different tunings...’ Experience gamelan at the National Library with Wellington's Gamelan Padhang Moncar, introduced by Dr Anton Killin.

Date: Monday 31 May 2021|Time: 6pm to 7.30pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor | 
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Flying Nun: Fabulous things
We are celebrating Flying Nun’s 40th anniversary with a display of seven posters from the label’s first decade, including those for The Clean, The Bats, and Look Blue Go Purple. Visit the mini-exhibition on the Lower Ground floor of the National Library.

Date: Monday 10 May to Friday 9 July 2021| Time: 9am to 5pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Lower Ground Floor Foyer |
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Rugby League: a New Zealand history
A Public History Talk event

Over the past five years, Ryan has been researching and writing ‘Rugby League: A New Zealand History’, a social and cultural history of the football code in New Zealand.  As part of this project, he has developed a social media account under the same name, which promotes public engagement with his research outputs and has brought a collaborative component to his research process.

Date: Wednesday 2 June 2021| Time: 12:10pm to 1pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor | 
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"This is the kind of place that would be so nice”

Join us for a special tour of Mīharo Wonder looking at objects and artforms created in response to place, then join an established writer in exploring your own response to place.

Date: Saturday 5 June 2021 | Time: 10am to 12pm | Cost: Free RSVP to ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz required| Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor | 
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E oho! A short history of Te Arawhiti — The Office for Māori Crown relations
The name, Te Arawhiti, means ‘the bridge’ and symbolises the bridge between Māori and the Crown, the past and the future, and the journey from grievance to partnership. Hear more about their mahi and take the opportunity to ask questions.

Date: Wednesday 16 June 2021|
Time: 12:10pm to 1:30pm | Cost: Free| Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor | 
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Fortnite, fades and kicks
See one of New Zealand’s top Fortnite players Jahlyn Evernden in action playing live on our auditorium screen, hear their stories and get some tips. Anyone attending goes in the draw to play alongside Jahlyn!
Meet Sneakerhead Sean Aickin, check out a few favourites from his collection, and hear about some of his most epic purchases.
Get your hair cut by the barbers from Who’s Next. To get your hair cut. children under 10 need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Arepa Gamers Club will be running VR gaming stations, a PS4 racing rig station and PS console gaming area. Free for all to play.
Kickflip pizza will be there serving up delicious pizza too

Date: Saturday 19 June 2021 | Time: 10am to 2pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor | 
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Tea and tours
Morning tea with our Ako (learning) team, a screening of Then and Now — Ngā Tāone Nui by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, followed by tours of Mīharo Wonder and He Tohu exhibitions.

Date: Thursday 24 June 2021 | Time: 10am to 12pm | Cost: Free RSVP events.natlib@dia.govt.nz required| Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor | 
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Kids’ Lit Quiz NZ™ National Final
The best teams from 15 regional heats will play-off to decide the national winner of the Kids’ Lit Quiz™.

Date: Saturday 26 June 2021 | Time: 1pm to 3.15pm| Cost: Free| Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor | 
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Founder Lecture 2021
Friends of the Turnbull Library
Dame Gaylene Preston to speak on presenting old film to new audiences. 

Dame Gaylene Preston is one of New Zealand's finest filmmakers. Gaylene's films have a distinctive New Zealand flavour and a strong social message.

Date: Monday 28 June 2021 | Time: 6pm to 7.30pm | Cost: Free RSVP  Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor | 
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The Simple Image: Curator talk
In the 1960s, Wellington jazz musician and photographer Barry Clothier was ‘photographer to the stars’, and anyone who was anyone in the local pop scene commissioned a photoshoot with him. Come along to hear about the work of Barry Clothier and see The Simple Image through the eyes of its curators.

Date: Tuesday 29 June 2021 | Time: 12.10 pm to 12:30pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Te Puna Foundation Gallery Ground Floor | 
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The Simple Image: The photography of Barry Clothier
The photography of Barry Clothier, showcased in an exhibition co-curated by the Alexander Turnbull Library and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Photographs, film and music of the 60's.

Date: 9 April to 10 July 2021 Time: Mon to Fri — 9am to 5pm | Sat — 9am to 1pm | Venue: Te Puna Foundation Gallery Ground Floor
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Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library - exhibition
What does the word ‘wonder’ — or ‘mīharo’ — mean to you? It could be something that evokes awe, fascination or curiosity; to make you think, speculate, meditate upon.  The ATL100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder, curated by Fiona Oliver and Peter Ireland, brings to light some of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s rare treasures and curious artefacts. From well-known paintings to the most obscure of jottings, they reflect moments in time and give insights into place, culture and people’s lives.

Date: Friday 26 February to Saturday 2 October 2021| Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm Cost: Free | Venue: National Library Gallery Ground Floor | 
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He Tohu 
Permanent Exhibition

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.

Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 1pm, free tours daily - see website for details | Cost: Free | Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor

243 days ago

Free events at the National library, Thorndon - May 2021

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora everyone
Below is our suite of free events for May 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Mīharo Wonder exhibition:
Date: 26 February to 2 October 2021
Cost: Free
Venue: National Library Gallery
What does the word ‘wonder’ … View more
Kia ora everyone
Below is our suite of free events for May 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz
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Mīharo Wonder exhibition:
Date: 26 February to 2 October 2021
Cost: Free
Venue: National Library Gallery
What does the word ‘wonder’ — or ‘mīharo’ — mean to you? It could be something that evokes awe, fascination or curiosity; to make you think, speculate, meditate upon.
The ATL100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder will inspire you to do all of these.
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A Huia calls the Tui singing in a Kowhai tree
Date: 20 May 2021. 12.10pm - 1pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Ground floor National Library
Lilburn Research Awardee Michael Vinten talks on his project of collecting and publishing pre-1950 New Zealand art-song.
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Backspace: Vintage Computers from the National Library
Date: 24 May 2021 to 29 May 2021 9am - 4.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Ground floor National Library
Revisit some old friends this Techweek’21 at the National Library - cast your eyes over a selection of our rare vintage computers which are still used today for reading and transferring early ‘born digital’ material.
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Building a digitally inclusive world
Date: 24 May 2021. 5.30pm - 7pm
Cost: Free
Venue Auditorium National Library
Come and join a panel of speakers to engage with different aspects of social and digital inclusion, and the kind of work school, public, academic, research and special libraries are doing in this space.
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The Simple Image: Curator talk
Date: 25 May 2021. 12.10pm - 12.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Te Puna Foundation Gallery National Library
Come along to hear about the work of Barry Clothier and see The Simple Image through the eyes of its curators.
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Mīharo Wonder: Digital book with Sebastian Blair
Date: 25 May and 27 May 10.30am - 11.30am
Cost: Free
Venue: National Library GAllery (Miharo exhibition)
Join New Media Coordinator, Sebastian Blair, as he walks you through the creation of the digital book experience in the Mīharo Wonder exhibition. Discover the highlights, the challenges, and why it was important for this piece to be part of Mīharo Wonder.
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Algo-Rhythm: A whānau day of technology and music
Date: Saturday 29 May 10am - 1pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor foyer National Library
Discover the future of technology and music at Algo-Rhythm! Join the Wellington City Libraries Makerspace team and learn about the technologies that make modern libraries ‘sizzle,’ from virtual reality, robotics, and more! Watch a visual tribute to classic video games and the artists inspired by them with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and enjoy musical performances throughout the day!

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326 days ago

Free events at the National Library, Throndon - March 2021

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora everyone
Below is our suite of free events for March 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz...
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Mīharo Wonder exhibition:
Date: 26 February to 2 October 2021
Cost: Free
Venue: National Library Gallery
What does the word … View more
Kia ora everyone
Below is our suite of free events for March 2021 at the National Library, Thorndon. For more information visit our website: natlib.govt.nz...
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Mīharo Wonder exhibition:
Date: 26 February to 2 October 2021
Cost: Free
Venue: National Library Gallery
What does the word ‘wonder’ — or ‘mīharo’ — mean to you? It could be something that evokes awe, fascination or curiosity; to make you think, speculate, meditate upon.
The ATL100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder will inspire you to do all of these.
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Tea and tours
Date: Monday 1 March 2021, 10am to 12pm
Cost: Free. RSVP required. events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Tea and scones, chat with our Ako (learning) team, a short film with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, and a special tour of He Tohu and Mīharo.
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International Women's Day He Tohu Tours
Date: Date: Monday 8 March 2021, 10am to 10:30am AND 2pm to 2.30pm
Cost: Free. Bookings are recommended but not required. bookings@hetohu.nz
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Join us to celebrate International Women’s day with a 30-minute tour of He Tohu! Learn about the many women who left their mark across Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitutional landscape.
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Mana wāhine — Lockdown logic
Date: Monday 8 March 2021, 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium lower ground floor National Library - use entrance on Aitken Street.
Come celebrate International Women’s Day at the National Library, where we will host a dynamic range of women who will speak on courage and innovation in the time of COVID-19.
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‘The Archive is Alive Vol. 2’: Queer history workshop
Date: Saturday 13 March 2021, 9am to 3pm and Sunday 14 March (venue for Sunday TBC)
Cost: Free
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Wellington Zinefest, LAGANZ and the National Library are teaming up to bring you the second rendition of our The Archive is Alive workshop, where participants will get together to create a zine exploring queer archiving and history in Aotearoa! This is a two-day workshop, held on Saturday, 13 March, 9am to 3pm and Sunday, 14 March, 10am to 3pm. The venue is still being confirmed for Sunday but will be in Wellington CBD.
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Connecting to the collections
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Want to know more about the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library of New Zealand? Keen to learn how you can connect to the collections and use them in your research or publication? Then these talks are for you. Connecting to Collections talks are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)
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Tooth and Veil: The life and times of the New Zealand dental nurse
Date: Thursday 18 March 2021, 5.30pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Taiwhanga Kauhau Auditorium lower ground floor National Library - use entrance on Aitken Street.
Noel O’Hare will talk about the history of the School Dental Service (established in 1921) and the inferior conditions of low pay, a military style of management, and inadequate and antiquated equipment, endured for more than 50 years by the young women who worked as dental nurses in schools.
A Friends of the Turnbull Library event: turnbullfriends.org.nz...
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Te Whē: Kia whakarongo ake ki te hau o Te Whenua | Listening to the breath of the land
Date: Friday 19 March 2021, 6pm to 7pm
Cost: Free. Koha from non-members appreciated
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Join the editors of Te Whē in conversation with members of the journal’s kāhui ruruhau, together with contributors to the journal, to discuss contemporary Māori literature within a swiftly changing literary world.
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Art ‘n Elders: Learning rainbow history together
Date: Saturday 20 March 2021, 10am to 1pm
Cost: Free.
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
LAGANZ and the National Library welcome all queer, LGBTTIFQ+ people together for a day of art-making and facilitated conversation alongside community elders.
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Te Rā Whanaungatanga: Commemorating International Race Relations Day
Date: Monday 22 March 2021, 10am to 10:30am AND 2pm to 2.30pm
Cost: Free. Bookings are recommended but not required. bookings@hetohu.nz
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Come and commemorate International Race Relations Day with a tour of He Tohu! We will look at how far we’ve come as a nation and acknowledge those who helped along the way.
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The Archive is Alive Vol. 2: Zine Launch!
Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021, 5:30pm to 8pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library
Celebrate the public launch of a new collaborative zine that explores local queer archives.

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