Upcoming events

Two men looking at rare books on a table.

Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings

Tuesday 13 April 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Did you know that the Alexander Turnbull Library has the largest collection of rare books and New Zealand paintings in the country? From medieval manuscripts to delicate watercolours, come along for a closer look.

Blue container holding pencils and craft material.

The Toi Box

Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Looking for fun craft activities to keep you busy over the school holidays? We’ll have a range of activities for you and the whānau to create and take home.

Part of: School holiday fun — May 2021

Head and shoulders portrait of a woman.

Kate De Goldi, a champion on a mission

Monday 19 April 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join Chris Szekely Chief Librarian Alexander Turnbull Library talking to author and champion for readers about the Communities of Readers programme, her recent residency in Otago, and Annual Ink.

Man painting a portrait from an image.

Selfie mode: Portraiture

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

‘There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk’ – Charles Dickens. Come and join art teacher Jason Holland as we learn the basics of drawing a portrait and create our own.

Part of: School holiday fun — May 2021

Woman smiling at camera.

Staunch identifiers and frilly descriptions: making collections discoverable and usable

Tuesday 20 April 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Describing items in the Alexander Turnbull collections is an art. Come along and hear about how the Library navigates elements such as language, format, provenance, original order, and indexing, for its one and a quarter million linked online tools.

Part of: Connecting to collections

People sitting in a dimly lit auditorium with beautiful decorative wood panels highlighted.

E oho! Captain Cook: The beginning of what?

Wednesday 21 April 2021, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

A conversation about James Cook’s legacy in Aotearoa and the Pacific with Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville and Emalani Case.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2021

Exhibition brochures with the words Mīharo Wonder and three different images from the exhibition featured, a portrait of a dour looking woman, a Māori carving and a colourful abstract painting.

Mīharo mystery tour

Thursday 22 April 2021, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join us as we discover the wonders of the National Library! You’ll get to win a prize at our scavenger hunt and go on a top secret tour.

Part of: School holiday fun — May 2021

Book cover showing 3 soldiers in uniform and the same 3 soldiers dressed up in drag.

‘Crossing the Lines: A new history of New Zealand soldiers in WWII’

Thursday 22 April 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Hear Brent Coutts discuss his book, Crossing the Lines. The story of homosexual soldiers in World War II. His three protagonists use their roles as female impersonators in Kiwi concert parties to develop a way to live as gay men within the military forces, boosting the morale of personnel in the Pacific Campaign and, along the way, falling in love with some of the men they met.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

Orange background filled with gun smoke. Foreground image of a man and woman and poppies.

Anzac: Kiwi pacifists and their legacy in war

Friday 23 April 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

To commemorate Anzac Day 2021 take the opportunity to reflect on those who objected to the conflict of WW1. Through the Great War films made by Anna Cottrell and the research of David Grant learn about the sacrifices these individuals made and their commitment to peace.

Exhibition brochures with the words Mīharo Wonder and three different images from the exhibition featured, a portrait of a dour looking woman, a Māori carving and a colourful abstract painting.

Mīharo mystery tour

Tuesday 27 April 2021, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join us as we discover the wonders of the National Library! You’ll get to win a prize at our scavenger hunt and go on a top secret tour.

Part of: School holiday fun — May 2021

Painted scene showing trees, rainbow-coloured taniwha and Māori man in a waka. There is a lightning bolt on the sail of the waka.

Animation and rock art puppetry with Toro Pikopiko

Thursday 29 April 2021, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An experience like no other! Highly esteemed puppeteering duo Toro Pikopiko tell stories, help you to imagine and create your own puppet, and give demonstrations.

Part of: School holiday fun — May 2021

Māori man wearing a cloak and pointing with a mere.

E oho! A Te Atiawa — Taranaki Whanui perspective on Wellington’s landscape

Thursday 29 April 2021, 4pm to 5:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join a walking tour through Wellington led by tangata whenua, on the anniversary of the signing of the Raukawa Moana/Cook Strait sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi in Pōneke/Port Nicholson.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2021

Book covers of books about Colin McCahon.

Mīharo: Excavating Colin McCahon

Thursday 29 April 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join Dr Peter Simpson in discussing the creation and publishing of his critically acclaimed study of the life and work of Colin McCahon. Focussing on the role of libraries, archives and galleries in this process Simpson will touch on McCahon’s relationship with a number of the artists featured in our current Mīharo: Wonder exhibition.

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

A Māori man in a waka fishing up a huge taniwha from the ocean.

Mīharo Wonder Whānau Day

Saturday 1 May 2021, 10am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Get your creative juices flowing at our Mīharo Wonder Whānau Day. Animate rock art puppetry with Toro Pikopiko, create at Wellington City Library’s makerspace, discover Fred O’Neill’s stop-motion animation with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, and much more!

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

A man and woman driving in an open-top car past the ocean.

Tea and tours

Thursday 6 May 2021, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Morning tea with our Ako (learning) team, a screening of Wellington as we were by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, followed by tours of the Mīharo Wonder and He Tohu exhibitions.

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library 

Four men looking down at the camera.

Counting the beat, sounding the changes

Thursday 6 May 2021, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Lilburn Research Awardee Mat Hoyes presents his current project to create an online NCEA resource that analyses New Zealand rock and pop music.

Part of: New Zealand Music Month 2021

Man on horse droving sheep with dog. Sheep droving in New Zealand.

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

Fully booked

Saturday 8 May 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

Students looking at books in library.

Building a responsive collection for your school library

Monday 10 May 2021 to Friday 18 June 2021

Online

A great school library collection requires good management and planning. Learn about the collection management cycle. Discover how to involve teachers and students to build a school library collection that meets their needs.

Two men looking at rare books on a table.

Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings

Tuesday 11 May 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Did you know that the Alexander Turnbull Library has the largest collection of rare books and New Zealand paintings in the country? From medieval manuscripts to delicate watercolours, come along for a closer look.

Viking Sevenseas logo, black and orange.

Viking Records — A journey through the sounds of the South Pacific

Thursday 13 May 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Hear about the treasure-house of New Zealand and Pacific music recordings that is the Viking Sevenseas Collection.

Part of: New Zealand Music Month 2021