February 2020

Waitangi Day At He Tohu

Waitangi Day at He Tohu – ‘Walking backwards into the Future’

Thursday 6 February 2020, 9am to 5pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

‘Walking backwards into the future’ — is an expression that asks us to use our past experiences to build a positive future. Bring the family to the National Library on Waitangi Day and see the Treaty of Waitangi. Learn about New Zealand's constitutional past to help you imagine the future.

Nepia Mahuika standing next to a Māori carving

Driving out the devil – A history of mākutu in Aotearoa / New Zealand

Monday 10 February 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Through a Western lens the Māori practice mākutu has too often been presented as ‘witchcraft’, and ‘black magic’. Challenging such simplistic views, this talk provides a Māori perspective, bringing deeper understanding to a topic that has often been misunderstood and sensationalised in novels, films and media.

Waka On Thames River in London.

Te Hono ki Aotearoa: connecting people and navigating a course for the future — film screening

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 6pm to 8:30pm

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

Come and see Jan Bieringa film ‘Te Hono ki Aotearoa’, listen to a panel discussion and reflect over refreshments hosted by the Dutch Embassy, supported by the National Library.

Part of: Pūkana

A sign saying first to fight on a large screen.

Public lecture and exhibition ‘Fighting and Suffering’

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12pm to 1pm

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

A special public lecture on the Second World War by Mr Karol Nawrocki, PhD, Director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, Poland.

Memory Of The World Logo

Taonga and memory: new inscriptions on New Zealand’s Memory of the World Register

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

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

Celebrate the taonga that have been recently inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Register. Representatives from Auckland Public Library, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Hocken Collections, and the Alexander Turnbull Library will speak about the items from these collections that have been inscribed, why they were selected and why they are important to the history of New Zealand.

Part of: ATL 100

Sophie Labelle Sam Orchard

An evening with Sophie Labelle and Sam Orchard

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 6pm to 7pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Catch Sophie Labelle on her world tour. Sophie will be in conversation with local legend Sam Orchard to discuss comics, trans representation, activism through art and general awesomeness.