November 2020

A striking portrait of a Māori woman. She Is wearing dark tailored clothing, has two huia feathers in her hair and a large tiki necklace. She is looking straight at us and has a Mona Lisaish smile.

Everything old is new again

Thursday 17 September 2020 to Sunday 13 December 2020

New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Six of our most prominent artists — John Pule, Séraphine Pick, Sarah Munro, Lisa Reihana, Heather Straka and Mel Baldwin – have made new, or have provided existing artworks based on original Turnbull collection items. This exhibition highlights the contemporary relevance of the Alexander Turnbull Library, 100 years after it first opened.

Part of: ATL 100

Aerial photo of Wellington.

Wellington as we were – Archival footage from the last century

Tuesday 27 October 2020 to Saturday 14 November 2020

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Explore Wellington as it was. This special compilation features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington – from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital. The footage will be playing on loop during Library hours.

Portrait of blonde woman wearing a black top.

Lilburn Lecture — New Zealand music: Living the dream

Monday 2 November 2020, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join us for the annual Lilburn Lecture. Author and broadcaster Karyn Hay looks at the life of an artist, focusing on the challenges for a generation of New Zealand musicians and songwriters. Special guests Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter will perform.

Part of: Lilburn Lecture

Roofs of houses with a snow capped mountain peak in the background.

Parihaka: Remembering November 5, 1881

Thursday 5 November 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

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.

People in an audience reacting in different ways, some laughing some smiling, some looking solemn.

Verb Festival Opening Night: The Best Letter I Never Received

Friday 6 November 2020, 6pm to 7:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

In this special opening event for Verb Festival 2020, eight writers read to us the best letters they have never received. Featuring Behrouz Boochani, Mohamed Hassan, Miriam Lancewood and more.

The essentials of oral history research — Day 2

Cancelled

Saturday 7 November 2020, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Ground floor, Tūranga, Christchurch

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

Woman sitting at a table, she is wearing a chef's apron.

Verb Festival 2020

Saturday 7 November 2020, 10am to 3pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Come to the National Library between 10am to 3pm to celebrate ‘Verb Festival 2020’. Immerse yourself in stimulating and entertaining conversation about books and ideas with writers from all over Aotearoa.

Placard that reads 'There is no planet B' at a climate strike

MESH, reading, and more — Northland Secondary PD Day

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 9:30am to 2:30pm

Pompallier Catholic College

Join us at another professional development day for our Northland secondary school library networks. We'll investigate MESH education, get creative with DigitalNZ, and brainstorm ideas to encourage keen readers.

A group of people doing a tour of He Tohu and looking at some of the Treaty of Waitangi sheets.

Tea and tours

Thursday 12 November 2020, 10am to 11am

Te Wehenga, National Library Wellington

Come along to the National Library for tea and scones, chat with our Ako (learning) team, view a short film with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, and enjoy a special highlights tour of our current exhibitions.

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

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 17 November 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)

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 17 November 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.

Teen boy wearing jean jacket and hat standing in front of rock wall reading book.

Develop keen teen readers — Auckland

Tuesday 24 November 2020, 9am to 3pm

National Library Auckland Centre, Seminar Room, 8 Stanley Street

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.

Woman wearing a black dress standing in front of a fence with diagonal palings.

Xenitia – understandings of home, identity and belonging

Thursday 26 November 2020, 5:30pm to 7:15pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join us for an evening of readings and conversation with the 2020 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage writer in residence Michalia Arathimos.

A group looking at the Women's Suffrage petition at the He Tohu exhibition.

The 127th anniversary of Pākehā women taking to the polls

Friday 27 November 2020, 10am to 10:30am

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

It’s been 127 years since Pākehā women first voted in the general election! Celebrate with us with a tour of He Tohu, focussing on the Women’s Suffrage Petition and the people involved in this achievement.

A group looking at the Women's Suffrage petition at the He Tohu exhibition.

The 127th anniversary of Pākehā women taking to the polls

Friday 27 November 2020, 2pm to 2:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

It’s been 127 years since Pākehā women first voted in the general election! Celebrate with us with a tour of He Tohu, focussing on the Women’s Suffrage Petition and the people involved in this achievement.