Upcoming events

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Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara — How a petition led to a day remembering New Zealand Wars

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Leah Bell and Zak Henry were only high school students when they submitted a petition to Parliament to remember the New Zealand Land Wars, together with other Ōtorohanga College students.

Part of: E Oho! Waitangi 2021

What became of the Samuel Joseph family?

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Online — RSVP

Well-known Wellington writer and researcher Simon Nathan will talk about Amelia and Walter Nathan and their family, the inspiration for the large and boisterous Samuel Joseph family who feature in two of Katherine Mansfield’s best known short stories, Prelude and At the Bay.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

LAGANZ, Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand, Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa.

LAGANZ Digital Archive Project

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Tiakiwai Seminar Rooms, National Library Wellington

The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand:Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa (LAGANZ) invites you to join us in an exciting programme to launch the next stage of our digital journey.

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Katherine Mansfield's Thorndon: Guided walking tour

Tuesday 26 October 2021, 10am to 12:30pm

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden

Explore the Thorndon that Katherine Mansfield knew and the traces of her legacy that remain in the landscape today. Beginning with a short introductory talk at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, the guided walking tour will finish at the National Library for a special viewing of some Mansfield material from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Behind the scenes: 150 years of the Turnbull Library

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Producer and director Anna Cottrell will discuss her recent film project taking her behind the scenes at the Alexander Turnbull Library, and show the 15-minute documentary that focuses on the fascinating behind-the-scenes work of this amazing research library and its many treasures.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

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E Oho! He Whakaputanga commemoration tour

Only if COVID Alert Level 1

Thursday 28 October 2021, 12pm to 12:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

See the original He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni, commemorating its signing in 1835.

Part of: E Oho! Waitangi 2021

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E Oho! He Whakaputanga and He Puapua

Thursday 28 October 2021, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Rangatiratanga in the Age of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Part of: E Oho! Waitangi 2021

Aerial view of houses and a harbour.

Katherine Mansfield's Thorndon: Guided walking tour

Saturday 30 October 2021, 10am to 12:30pm

Katherine Mansfield House and Garden

Explore the Thorndon that Katherine Mansfield knew and the traces of her legacy that remain in the landscape today. Beginning with a short introductory talk at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, the guided walking tour will finish at the National Library for a special viewing of some Mansfield material from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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GO FOR GOLD — Wellington Poetry Slam Final 2021

Saturday 30 October 2021, 7pm to 10pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

It’s all been building up to this. The best of Wellington's spoken word poetry community are ready to battle it out for the tenth year running! Love, loss, rap, puns, these poets will bring everything they've got to charm and entertain you.

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The endless search for the next note: An outline of a composing life from an unlikely beginning to an unlikely present

Postponed

Tuesday 2 November 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

From a family with little interest in music or culture, from salt of the earth kiwis, a stock agent dad and an unwell mother, Ross Harris emerged, finding a life in music from brass band to klezmer band and many things in between. This is a self-portrait of a composer finding a way…

Part of: Lilburn Lecture

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Verb Readers & Writers Festival

Wednesday 3 November 2021 to Sunday 7 November 2021

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Wellington's favourite celebration of books, writers, stories and ideas has a theme of 'coven' for 2021. Writers from across Aotearoa and Australia will explore matters of magic, nature, feminism, motherhood, mātauranga Māori, resistance, the supernatural, the spiritual, and much more.

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Parihaka: Remembering November 5, 1881

Friday 5 November 2021, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear Ruakere Hond reflect on the invasion of Parihaka in 1881 and how it has impacted the Parihaka community.

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Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

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 held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)

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National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

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Voices in the air

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

To celebrate the centenary of New Zealand’s first radio broadcasts on 17 November 1921, join sound history researcher Sarah Johnston in listening to the sounds of 100 years ago.

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The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Wellington

Postponed

Saturday 20 November 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

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The essentials of oral history research, Day 1: Introduction to oral history — Wellington

Saturday 20 November 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

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Abstracting oral history — day one

Saturday 4 December 2021, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Increase your oral history repertoire and join us to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. This is a two half-day course and attendance at both days is required.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

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Abstracting oral history — day two

Sunday 5 December 2021, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Increase your oral history repertoire and join us to practice the comprehension and editing skills needed to compile a reliable and usable abstract. This is a two half-day course and attendance at both days is required.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Wellington

Saturday 11 December 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021