Alexander Turnbull Library

Community Organisation

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

Rust + Restoration – He Waikura He Whakauka: Rescuing the film collection of Thomas H Whetton

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

When a stack of rusty, dust-covered film cans was deposited with audiovisual archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by the family of freelance filmmaker Thomas H Whetton, it was a surprise to find much of the more than 80-year-old film inside those cans was in great condition. This presentation … View moreWhen a stack of rusty, dust-covered film cans was deposited with audiovisual archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by the family of freelance filmmaker Thomas H Whetton, it was a surprise to find much of the more than 80-year-old film inside those cans was in great condition. This presentation takes you through the meticulous work Ngā Taonga did (and are still doing) to rescue that footage and the other taonga in the Whetton collection.



Tuesday 19 November 2019
12.10pm to 1pm
Free talk
Te Ahumairangi ground floor National Library of NZ, Molesworth Street.


When a stack of rusty, dust-covered film cans was deposited with audiovisual archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision by the family of freelance filmmaker Thomas H Whetton, it was a surprise to find much of the more than 80-year-old film inside those cans was in great condition. Amongst the 70+ cans the Archive’s preservation team discovered never-before-seen footage of the immediate aftermath of the 1931 Napier earthquake. This presentation takes you through the meticulous work Ngā Taonga did (and are still doing) to rescue that footage and the other taonga in the Whetton collection. The collection of Thomas Henry Whetton dating from the 1920s and 1930s is showcased in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Rust + Restoration | He Waikura He Whakauka exhibition currently on in the Te Puna Foundation Gallery at the National Library.

Speaker biography
Louise McCrone Initially Louise trained as film archivist at the NZ Film Archive, now Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, and at the 2009 FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Film Restoration Summer School in Bologna, Italy. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Massey University. Louise has nearly 20 years' experience in a variety of roles caring for all formats of New Zealand’s audiovisual taonga.


 Leslie Lewis. After Leslie completed her training as a film archivist she worked at a variety of archives including George Eastman House (New York) and the Thai Royal Film & Photography Archive (Bangkok). She also spent several years with the National Film Preservation Foundation (USA), researching and coordinating the repatriation and preservation of over 300 nitrate films through a series of international cooperative projects involving nearly a dozen national archives.
Image: Presenters Louise McCrone and Leslie Lewis in the Rust + Restoration exhibition

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13 days ago

Woodsheddin’ – A concert by Chris Thompson

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

A free lunchtime concert by New Zealand singer-songwriter Chris Thompson.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 2019
Time: 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Location: Tiakiwai Auditorium (lower ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon

A New… View more
A free lunchtime concert by New Zealand singer-songwriter Chris Thompson.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 2019
Time: 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Location: Tiakiwai Auditorium (lower ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon

A New Zealand folk and blues music veteran, Chris Thompson is internationally recognised for his masterful guitar playing and original songs. He has released numerous albums, and toured with many singers and musicians including Julie Felix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and John Hanlon. His songs have been covered by, among others, US psych-folk musicians Meg Baird and Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes). Join us for this free concert on the occasion of Chris’s latest release, the EP Woodsheddin’.

About Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson began performing as a teenager in Hamilton during the late 1960s, before finding success in the Auckland music scene. In 1970, already recognised as an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, he moved to the UK to tour with Julie Felix, soon becoming part of the London and Dublin folk music scenes. His 1973 debut album on the Village Thing label, Chris Thompson, has since been acclaimed as a lost psychedelic folk classic and been reissued several times since 2001. Based back in New Zealand from the mid-1970s, Thompson has gone on to release over 20 albums, including as a duo with his former wife Lynne. His songs are notable contributions to the international folksong repertoire and capture a strong New Zealand perspective.
Images: Kay Buchanan. Supplied by Chris Thompson

14 days ago

Te Rākau Trust and the creation of ‘Undertow’

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

This event is part of the Pūkana exhibition — a celebration of moments in Māori performance.
Date: Monday, 18 November, 2019
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Location: Programme rooms, Te Ahumairangi ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken … View more
This event is part of the Pūkana exhibition — a celebration of moments in Māori performance.
Date: Monday, 18 November, 2019
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Location: Programme rooms, Te Ahumairangi ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon

Our country’s colonisation history, from 1840 to today
‘Undertow’, which premiered on Māori TV on 31 October, is all about ordinary people going to extraordinary measures in their search for a place to call home. It is political theatre wrapped up in Kaupapa Māori — the story of our country’s colonisation history, from 1840 to today.

As Jim Moriarty says, it’s a chance to ‘move forward into the 21st century, get over our historical amnesia and understand our collective history.’

Undertow website — Step through the proscenium arch and journey through time itself with UNDERTOW - Te Rākau’s electric Theatre Marae experience.

Te Rākau Trust
Te Rākau Trust, creators of 'Undertow', describe themselves as a Kaupapa Maori organisation, guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Join Kaitohu / Performance Director — Jim Moriarty, Kaihautū / Producer — Aneta Pond and Kaituhi / Playwright — Helen Pearse-Otene in this lunchtime discussion about their journey to create a Theatre Marae experience.

About the speakers
Jim (Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Kahungungu, Rangitane, Scots, Norwegian, Italian) is the Performance Director of Undertow and Rangatira on the paepae auaha of producers, designers and creators.
Aneta (Ngāti Rangi, Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine) is the Kaihautū/Producer of Te Rākau and has been working with the company since 2014, beginning with 'The Ragged'.
Helen (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Ruanui) is the writer of The Undertow and a member of the paepae auaha. She is a Registered, Practicing Psychologist in the midst of pursuing her PHD.
Image: L to R: Jim Moriarty, Aneta Pond and Helen Pearse-Otene.

27 days ago

Wellington poetry slam FINAL 2019 - Festival of slam

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

Here it is, the grand finale. Experience the energy of some of the capital’s best poets as they battle it out to be the new Wellington Poetry Slam Champion!


Date: Saturday 2 November| Time: 7:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Cost $15 waged - $10 unwaged | Venue: Taiwhanaga Kahau — Auditorium lower … View more
Here it is, the grand finale. Experience the energy of some of the capital’s best poets as they battle it out to be the new Wellington Poetry Slam Champion!


Date: Saturday 2 November| Time: 7:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Cost $15 waged - $10 unwaged | Venue: Taiwhanaga Kahau — Auditorium lower ground floor


It’s all been building up to this. Across the year, Motif Poetry and Poetry in Motion have been running slams, now the winners will come together and battle it out to be Wellington’s 2019 Poetry Slam Champion.

Poetry Slam is the competitive format taking the world by storm. A high energy, enthralling event where performance poets are judged by random members of the audience in an arbitrary but totally engaging way.

Since 2011, many of Greater Wellington’s finest performance poets have competed and this year’s slams have been no different. Sold out events, packed open mics and searing hot verse screams out that poetry is alive and kicking in the capital.
The winners will travel to Christchurch in November to compete for the title of New Zealand Slam Champ, as well as a guest spot at Verb Festival Poetry Showcase.
Be quick, this event always sells out! Come prepared for a CASH ONLY bar.
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Part of the Festival of Slam Wellington. A handful of spoken word and poetry groups in Wellington have banded together to create a day of poetry facilitation, workshops and events.


Motif Poetry and Poetry in Motion are two of Wellington’s spoken word poetry communities, they run slams, open mics, workshops, host local and travelling poets, and manage the annual Wellington slam.


NOTE: the National Library is fully wheelchair accessible. Please see the following page to download an accessibility map for the venue: natlib.govt.nz...

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28 days ago

Breath of the Birds: the Revival of Taonga Puoro

The Team from Alexander Turnbull Library

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the National Library of New Zealand. This year’s Lilburn Lecture will be the seventh in this series of open public talks. Refreshments will be served following the Lecture.

Friday 1 November 2019
Time 6:00pm to … View more
The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the National Library of New Zealand. This year’s Lilburn Lecture will be the seventh in this series of open public talks. Refreshments will be served following the Lecture.

Friday 1 November 2019
Time 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost Free. RSVP as places are limited. Keith.McEwing@dia.govt.nz
Venue Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium (lower ground floor), Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.



Esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead (Ngāi te Rangi) will speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.
About the speaker:
Dame Gillian Whitehead has written a wide range of music including works for solo, chamber, choral, orchestral and operatic forces, most of them direct commissions from performers and funding organisations. A number of her works have been recorded for commercial release, including a CD of her chamber works by Wai-te-ata Press and a recording of her opera, Outrageous Fortune. In 2000 she became one of the inaugural Artist Laureates of the NZ Arts Foundation. In 2008 she became a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, one of New Zealand’s highest

honours, and she was granted the title ‘Dame’ in 2009. 2018 saw Gillian receive an Arts Icon Award, recognising her enormous contribution to New Zealand’s cultural landscape. Overseen by the Arts Foundation, there are only 20 of these awards in circulation at any time, the recipient holding the award for life. A significant collection of Dame Gillian’s works is held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Image: Photographs of Gillian Whitehead. Ref: PADL-000849. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/32058367

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