Upcoming events

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Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua: Approaching our past with curiosity and courage

Tuesday 28 June 2022, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

The annual Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture will this year be given by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor General of New Zealand.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2022

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Books, budgets and whānau connections

Thursday 30 June 2022, 9:30am to 10:30am

Online — Zoom

At this meeting, we'll look at assessing your library collection, share ways you can connect your library with parents and whānau, and we'll answer your burning questions about budgets. Make sure you've already joined our community so we can send you a Zoom invite!

Part of: Learning and support for new school library staff — 2022

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Digital resources for inquiry learning and research

Thursday 30 June 2022, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Te Ara Ātea Library, Rolleston

This one-day workshop will give you a hands-on opportunity to discover and use digital resources freely available to schools. You'll locate and curate quality, reliable digital content to support all learning areas of the curriculum.

Book cover with the text 'You probably think this song is about you - Kate Camp' over a background image of small plastic animals with swing tag labels stored in polystyrene packaging.

Book launch: ‘You Probably Think This Song is About You’

Thursday 30 June 2022, 6:30pm to 8pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Celebrate the publication of Kate Camp’s memoir ‘You Probably Think This Song is About You’ on Thursday 30 June, ahead of its release on 14 July. Join Kate Camp in the Auditorium for a 45-minute conversation with writer and Bad Diaries Salon impresario Tracy Farr, followed by a glass of wine and book signing.

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A biography of Lake Tūtira

Wednesday 6 July 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join us for July's Public History Talk with environmental historian Jonathan West. Jonathan will sketch Lake Tūtira’s history from formation to today, following the traces of Herbert Guthrie Smith, whose obsessive records of the changes witnessed while farming by the lake made him a founder of environmental history in New Zealand.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2022

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Abstracting oral history, day 1 — Christchurch

Thursday 7 July 2022, 8:45am to 1pm

Ground floor, Tūranga, Christchurch

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 — 2022

Group of six women having breakfast at a table while camping. There is a box of Weetbix on the table and some of the women are eating eggs.

Abstracting oral history, day 2 — Christchurch

Friday 8 July 2022, 8:45am to 1pm

Ground floor, Tūranga, Christchurch

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 — 2022

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Little curators at home

Monday 11 July 2022 to Friday 22 July 2022

Online

Sign up and receive a free pack anywhere in the country to help you curate your own exhibition. Designed especially for all the budding little curators ages 8+.

Part of: School holidays 2022

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Digital Pasifik live — Kiribati collections up-close

Wednesday 13 July 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

As part of Kiribati Language Week here in Aotearoa, we will be showing a selection of items from Kiribati collections held at the National Library of New Zealand — Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. We will be demonstrating how you can access Kiribati collections via digitalpasifik.org and how to contribute your knowledge to the records we share.

Part of: Pacific Language Weeks 2022

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Little curators’ workshop

Thursday 14 July 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Experience what it’s like to be a curator for a day. Learn about what it takes to create an exhibition, and meet a professional curator. Suitable for tamariki ages 8+.

Part of: School holidays 2022

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E oho! Ngā kitenga o te maramataka: Insights into the Māori calendar

Friday 15 July 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Look at the environment with us through the eyes of our tīpuna (ancestors). Maramataka was about planning the year ahead by watching ngā tohu o te taiao (signs of the environment). Come learn about the moon calendar from Rikki Solomon.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2022

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As pretty as a picture: Portraiture workshop

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Wehenga, National Library Wellington

If a picture paints a thousand words, what would yours say? Learn the basics of portraiture and create your own. Suitable for tamariki ages 8+.

Part of: School holidays 2022

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Connecting to collections July 2022

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

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).

Part of: Connecting to collections 2022

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A workers’ initiative

Wednesday 20 July 2022, 6pm to 8pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

In this Labour History Project event, Wellington nurse Serena Moran will give the Rona Bailey Memorial Lecture in a talk titled 'A workers' initiative: The union health service, 1987 to 2022'. The winner of the Bert Roth Labour History Award will also be announced, followed by a book launch for ‘Women Will Rise! Recalling the Working Women’s Charter’.

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Say prunes! Victorian photo fancy

Thursday 21 July 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Wehenga, National Library Wellington

Did you know that during the Victorian era, photographers asked subjects to ‘say prunes’ instead of ‘say cheese’? Learn why and more in our school holiday event ‘Say prunes!’. You’ll get the chance to create your own Victorian-inspired photo and much more. Suitable for tamariki ages 8+.

Part of: School holidays 2022

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Esports simulator

Cancelled

Friday 22 July 2022, 10:30am to 2:30pm

Lower ground foyer, National Library Wellington

Come and explore esports, the world’s fastest growing industry and cultural phenomenon. Participate in our esports simulator, and get a taste of what the industry has to offer and what an esports event entails.

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Tea and tours

Thursday 28 July 2022, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join our kaiārahi for a kōrero about our exhibitions ‘Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding’ and ‘He Tohu’, followed by tea and some kai.

Part of: Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding

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Are we there yet? The gender investment gap

Monday 1 August 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Women often feel left behind in their knowledge of investing and taking control of their money. Let’s investigate what women can do to improve their financial knowledge and well-being with experts Angela Meyer (Double Denim), Sonya Williams (Sharesies) and Simran Kaur (Girls That Invest).

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Are we there yet?

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Tea and tours

Thursday 11 August 2022, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join our kaiārahi for a kōrero about our exhibitions ‘Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding’ and ‘He Tohu’, followed by tea and some kai.

Part of: Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding

1940s photo of two women chatting in a fruit shop standing next to boxes of fresh pineapples.

The essentials of oral history research, day 1: Introduction to oral history — Auckland

Saturday 13 August 2022, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Archives New Zealand, Auckland

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2022