Upcoming events

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Tivaevae: a Cook Islands Research Framework

Thursday 6 August 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

Come and hear how Cook Island women create their beautifully embroidered bedspread ‘Tivaevae’. A form of artistic quilting traditionally made by Polynesian women.

Part of: Pasifika Spectacular

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Developing digital literacy in your school

Full — wait list available

Monday 10 August 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020

Online

Develop your understanding of digital literacy and how it benefits students. Discover how your library collections, programmes, and services can contribute to digital literacy.

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Meeting Worlds of Words- a Fulbright experience in Arizona, USA

Tuesday 11 August 2020, 5:30pm to 7pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

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.

Part of: Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection

Post-it note with words "Politics in a time of crisis" written on it.

Labour History Project AGM: 'Politics and protest in a time of crisis'

Tuesday 11 August 2020, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

A talk exploring politics and protest during the 1930s Depression and in 2017, featuring Malcolm McKinnon, Cybèle Locke and Sam Orchard.

Ryan Bodman

Rugby League: a New Zealand history

Wednesday 12 August 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

In this talk, historian Ryan Bodman will explore the value of social media as a 21st century history-research tool.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2020

Singing the trail and map of North Island.

Singing the trail: the story of mapping Aotearoa New Zealand

Thursday 13 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

John McCrystal tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand through its maps — and the stories of the explorers who made those maps.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020

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Working from home: resources you can access online

Tuesday 18 August 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

August is Family History Month. 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.

Part of: Connecting to collections

Archives and Records Association of New Zealalnd Te Huinga Mahara

ARANZ AGM with a Pacific Virtual Museum pilot project update

Tuesday 18 August 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

We are delighted to invite members and potential members to attend this year’s ARANZ Annual General Meeting. Following the AGM we have a talk from Tim Kong, Programme Manager of the Pacific Virtual Museum pilot project.

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Global citizenship education ideas exchange

Thursday 20 August 2020, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

Be inspired, reflect, and learn with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO as they hold a panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education.

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Finding your way: researching your family history

Saturday 22 August 2020, 10am to 12:45pm

Alexander Turnbull Library

Are you starting your family history research? Or are you an experienced researcher who would like so 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.

Part of: Family history month

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Develop keen teen readers — Wellington

Thursday 3 September 2020, 9am to 3pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Learn why it's important to keep teens reading for pleasure. Discover ways to nurture their reading enthusiasm, looking particularly at ideas that take a whole-school approach. Explore strategies such as developing your students’ reading identities, book chats, and more.

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Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty — primary (Hamilton)

Thursday 3 September 2020, 9:30am to 11:30am

Rototuna High Schools Library

Share experiences of, and ideas about, engaging students in Te Tiriti o Waitangi related learning. Discover valuable, audiovisual, digital, and print resources to support you in teaching Treaty-related topics.

Part of: Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty

Carved Māori waka on beach with water and waka in background

Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty — secondary (Hamilton)

Thursday 3 September 2020, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Rototuna High Schools Library

Share experiences of, and ideas about, engaging students in Te Tiriti o Waitangi related learning. Discover valuable, audiovisual, digital, and print resources to support you in teaching Treaty-related topics.

Part of: Teaching Te Tiriti / The Treaty

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Tupu’anga (mo e Teu Tangata)

Wednesday 9 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

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.

Part of: Pasifika Spectacular

Roll of the Women's Suffrage Petition.

He Tohu Suffrage Tours: 127 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Saturday 19 September 2020, 10am to 10:30am

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.

Roll of the Women's Suffrage Petition.

He Tohu Suffrage Tours: 127 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Saturday 19 September 2020, 12pm to 12:30pm

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.

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 22 September 2020, 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 22 September 2020, 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 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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The Pacific Virtual Museum

Thursday 8 October 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

This presentation will provide an overview and demonstration of the Pacific Virtual Museum website and will provide opportunity for feedback from audience.

Part of: Pasifika Spectacular

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 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)