Alexander Turnbull Library

Community Organisation

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

Septembers suite of events at the National Library

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Kia ora everyone
Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the National Library website for updated information about individual events before you come.

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World… View more
Kia ora everyone
Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the National Library website for updated information about individual events before you come.

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World War
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Part of the Public History Talk — 2020 series
Of the many books published about New Zealand’s military history there are none specifically dedicated to the story of Māori women who served in the armed forces during the Second World War. This presentation looks at the recruitment of Māori women into the auxiliary services, why they joined, and how their wartime service impacted on their post-war lives.

Wellington’s first Pākehā arrivals: 1803-1839
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free event. RSVP essential.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com
Part of the Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020 series
Just who were the early European visitors and residents who made the region around Whanganui-a-Tara their home well before the arrival of the ‘official’ permanent settlers of Wellington in 1840? Rhys Richards will tell us about some of these early arrivals.

Tupu’anga (mo e Teu Tangata)
Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Part of the Pasifika Spectacular series
Come and hear a talanoa of family stories from three generations of Sarah Finau’s family. This talk is an exploration of the call to live in Aotearoa, and the ever-constant magnetic pull home — ki Tonga.

Knowledge is a blessing on your mind: Wānanga and the Scientific Project
Date: Monday 14 September 2020, 6pm to 7pm
Cost: Free. Booking essential.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com
Part of the Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020 series
Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, will deliver the 2020 Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture.

Working from home: resources you can access online
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic
Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm
Registrations close: Tuesday 15 September
Cost: Free
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Te reo He Tohu tour
Date: Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 September 2020, 12pm to 12:30pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Tours of He Tohu in te reo Māori as part of our celebration of Te wiki o te reo Māori 2020.

He Tohu Suffrage Tours: 127 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Date: Saturday 19 September 2020, 10am to 10:30am and 12pm to 12.30pm
Cost: Free event
Location: He Matapihi Molesworth Library, Te Ahumairangi ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
Come and celebrate the passing of the 1893 Electoral Act when women in New Zealand gained the right to vote! We will have suffrage tours of He Tohu to remember those who helped pave the way forward for us.

The Chee Kung Tong — Treasures from the Doris Chung Collection
Date: Tuesday 22 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Cost: Free talk. RSVP required ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Part of the Chinese Language Week 2020 series
Come and hear about treasures from the Doris Chung Collection and a mysterious international organisation. The talk will be followed by a viewing of a selection from the collection.

Ngā Manu Rōreka
Date: Thursday 24 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken St, Thorndon, Wellington
Blending te reo Māori and physical theatre, this musical production follows two students' journey to reconnect with their ancestors. Written by Apirana Taylor, translated into te reo Māori by Materoa Haenga. A Taki Rua theatre production.

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Four events on at the National Library

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Below are the next Four events on at the National Library. Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

“Five years and 359 days with the 2nd NZ Division”
Date: … View more
Below are the next Four events on at the National Library. Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

“Five years and 359 days with the 2nd NZ Division”
Date: Thursday 27 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: No charge. Koha from non-members appreciated
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
In her book ‘Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion’, Elizabeth Kay covers the journey of 2 NZ Division as it fought its way across North Africa and through Italy. Using letters written by her father, Sir Edward Norman, and extensive further research, it tells a personal story in the wider context of WWII.

‘A real war job at last?’ Māori women and the armed forces during the Second World War
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
Of the many books published about New Zealand’s military history there are none specifically dedicated to the story of Māori women who served in the armed forces during the Second World War. This presentation looks at the recruitment of Māori women into the auxiliary services, why they joined, and how their wartime service impacted on their post-war lives.

Whispers of gold: a film about a West Coast town that refused to die
Date: Friday 4 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event. Bookings are essential.
Location: Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.
A documentary describing life in the now-abandoned West Coast gold-mining town of Waiuta. Having been screened at many venues in the South Island, this showing will be the Wellington premiere.

Tupu’anga (mo e Teu Tangata)
Date: Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
Part of the Pasifika Spectacular series
Come and hear a talanoa of family stories from three generations of Sarah Finau’s family. This talk is an exploration of the call to live in Aotearoa, and the ever-constant magnetic pull home — ki Tonga.

Image: Māori member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force playing the guitar during a musical hour. PR128a, New Zealand Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

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More Free events at the National Library August 2020

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELLED: Please see our website for more information:
Alexander Turnbull Library Reading Rooms are open
The Reading Rooms are open.
• Library staff will only be able to offer research support where a 2-meter safe distance can be maintained.
• We may need to refuse entry to the … View more
ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELLED: Please see our website for more information:
Alexander Turnbull Library Reading Rooms are open
The Reading Rooms are open.
• Library staff will only be able to offer research support where a 2-meter safe distance can be maintained.
• We may need to refuse entry to the Reading Rooms where safe capacity has been reached.

He Tohu closed
The He Tohu exhibition is closed this week (including Saturday) and all scheduled bookings have been cancelled.

What you need to know for your Wellington visit
• Opening hours Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm | Sat 9am to 1pm.
• Use the main entrance on Molesworth Street to enter and exit the building.
• We will register you when you arrive.
• He Tohu is closed.
• The ground floor foyer is open.
• The Retail Store is open.
• HOME Café is open.
• He Matapihi Molesworth Library is open.

Free events at the National Library during early August. Most events are in or very near the foyer, and free. You can find more information on our website: natlib.govt.nz National Library corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets Thorndon Wellington.


Date: Tuesday 18 August | Time: 12:10pm to 1pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor
Exploring the National Library online
Want to know more about the Family History collections in the Alexander Turnbull Library? Joan McCracken will share the richness of the online offering for Family Historians.

Date: Tuesday 18 August | Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor
Pacific Virtual Museum pilot project update and ARANZ AGM
ARANZ Archives & Records Association New Zealand
Join us for an update on the Pacific Virtual Museum pilot project, to accompany the ARANZ Wellington Branch Annual General Meeting. The Pacific Virtual Museum pilot will produce an online portal that provides an easy single access point to digitised Pacific heritage items around the world. This pilot is funded by the Australian government and implemented by Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. ARANZ is an incorporated society, with the aim of promoting the understanding and importance of records and archives in New Zealand.

Date: Thursday 20 August | Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Taiwhanga kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor
Global citizenship education ideas exchange
Be inspired, reflect, and learn with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO as they hold a panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education.

Date: Saturday 22 August | Time: 10am to 12:45pm | Cost: Free | Venue: Alexander Turnbull Library level one
Finding your way: researching your family history
Are you starting your family history research? Or are you an experienced researcher who would like some extra help? As part of Family History Month 2020 you are invited to the National Library for an introduction to family history resources from staff, supported by members of the Wellington branches of the NZ Society of Genealogists.

Date: Thursday 27 August | Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm | Cost: Koha from non members appreciated | Venue: Taiwhanga kauhau Auditorium Lower Ground Floor
“Five years and 359 days with the 2nd NZ Division”
Friends of the Turnbull Library
Elizabeth Kay began researching the story of her father, Sir Edward Norman, and 25 Battalion after attending some of the battalion’s final gatherings. Reading Eddie’s war-time letters to her mother, Margaret, Elizabeth recognised a human story that needed to be told.

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August events at National Library

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Free events at the National Library during early August. Most events are in or very near the foyer, and free. You can find more information on our website: natlib.govt.nz...

Tivaevae: a Cook Islands Research Framework

Date: Thursday 6 August 2020, 12pm to 1pm
Teremoana Maua – Hodges will … View more
Free events at the National Library during early August. Most events are in or very near the foyer, and free. You can find more information on our website: natlib.govt.nz...

Tivaevae: a Cook Islands Research Framework

Date: Thursday 6 August 2020, 12pm to 1pm
Teremoana Maua – Hodges will share with us how Cook Island women create their beautifully embroidered bedspread ‘Tivaevae’. A form of artistic quilting traditionally made by Polynesian women.

Meeting Worlds of Words- a Fulbright experience in Arizona, USA
Date: Tuesday 11 August 5.30pm drinks and nibbles 6pm talk.
Dr Nicola Daly will share her experience at the World of Words Center at the University of Arizona in Austin, Texas. The Center aims to build bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature.

Rugby League: a New Zealand history
Date: Wednesday 12 August 12.10pm - 1pm (Lunchtime talk)
In this talk, historian Ryan Bodman will explore the value of social media as a 21st century history-research tool. Over the past five years, Ryan has been researching and writing Rugby League: A New Zealand History, which is 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. In this talk, Ryan will explore the use of social media in the development of his book, paying particular attention to the value of social media to academic historians seeking to engage with people from outside of the university-setting.

Singing the trail: the story of mapping Aotearoa New Zealand
Date: Thursday 13 August 5.30pm start.
John McCrystal tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand through its maps – and the stories of the explorers who made those maps
John begins his tale with a focus on oral maps made by early Polynesian and Maori settlers: waypoints, lists of places in songs, chants, karakia and stories that showed direction. Centuries later came the great navigators, Abel Tasman and then James Cook. And finally it was the turn of the surveyors, explorers, rockhounds, gold diggers and politicians to negotiate the internal detail.

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Talks at the National Library - 15 & 16 July 2020

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

MEMORIALS, NAMES AND ETHICAL REMEMBERING
How do we remember the past? What place do colonial memorials have in public spaces? How can we better represent diverse histories in the landscape? Though these debates are not new, the current climate provides an opportune moment for open dialogue about … View more
MEMORIALS, NAMES AND ETHICAL REMEMBERING
How do we remember the past? What place do colonial memorials have in public spaces? How can we better represent diverse histories in the landscape? Though these debates are not new, the current climate provides an opportune moment for open dialogue about the place of statues, street names and monuments which commemorate New Zealand’s colonial era.

Date: Wednesday 15 July 2020, 12:10pm to 1:30pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Taiwhanga Kauhau, auditorium lower ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

How do we remember the past? What place do colonial memorials have in public spaces? How can we better represent diverse histories in the landscape? Recent debate on these matters has occurred in response to the police killing of George Floyd in the United States of America and the major anti-racism protests around the world that followed. Though these debates are not new, the current climate provides an opportune moment for open dialogue about the place of statues, street names and monuments which commemorate New Zealand’s colonial era. As part of the 2020 series of Public History Talks, Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, National Library of New Zealand, have convened a panel to discuss these issues and offer a facilitated conversation with the public on colonial memorials, history and memory.

These free public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Speaker Biography:
Morrie Love (Te Atiawa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Mauī, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui) is Director Raukura Consultants, a writer and historian. Morrie is also former Chair Wellington Tenths Trust and Waitangi Tribunal Director.

Councillor Jill Day (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Kaikaunihera o Pōneke). Wellington City Councillor, Takapū/Northern Ward, Māori Partnerships. In 2018, Jill led the adoption of Te Tauihu, Wellington City Council’s Te Reo Māori policy to make Wellington a Te Reo Māori city.

Ewan Morris (Pākehā) is a historian with an interest in public memory and cultural contestation over symbols. He writes about history and public memory at pastword.blog/, and his publications include work on how history is used in place-name debates; memorials in Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens, Whanganui; the Boulcott’s Farm memorial in Lower Hutt; and contested symbols and memorials in Ireland.

Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) is Professor of Māori education at Victoria University. With historian, Vincent O’Malley, she is currently working on a Marsden Fund research He Taonga te Wareware? Remembering and Forgetting Difficult Histories in Aotearoa/New Zealand, a three-year study into how the nineteenth century New Zealand Wars have helped shape memory, identity and history.

TAUNAHA WHENUA - NAMING THE LAND
Join Honiana Love for Taunaha Whenua — Naming the Land. Learn about the names used by mana whenua and what they can tell us about the historic uses of places in the Wellington region.

Date: Thursday 16 July 2020, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Cost: Free event.
Location: Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Hear about the old names coming out of the landscape

There’s been a resurgence, Love says, with old names coming out of the landscape. Discover the link to the past in place names including Pipitea, Owhiro and Kaitoa, and hear about areas that were traditionally gardens, food gathering areas, refuse and swamps.

This kōrero is a joint presentation between Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the National Library and Wellington City Libraries to mark this year’s celebration of Matariki.

About the speaker
Honiana Love (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Ngā Ruahinerangi) is Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Chief Executive — Tumu Whakarae.

Nau mai, haere mai, all welcome.

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