April 2022

Blue starfish on bleached coral.

Trouble in Paradise exhibition

Thursday 4 November 2021 to Saturday 30 April 2022

National Library Gallery, National Library Wellington

A photographic exhibition documenting the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific, artworks by Sheyne Tuffery, and a selection of historical rare books from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Student and school librarian issuing a book, next to the words 'Welcome to the school library!'

Register: Learning and support for new school library staff 2022

Tuesday 1 February 2022 to Thursday 15 December 2022

Online

New to your school library? If you're just getting started providing library services for your school, register to join our online learning community. You'll attend regular Zoom meetings and webinars, build your skills, receive support from National Library experts and connect with other library people.

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

Man and woman looking at the model of the woman's head.

Writers in Bronze The Anthony Stones Portrait Busts of New Zealand writers

Tuesday 22 March 2022 to Saturday 25 June 2022

Turnbull Gallery, National Library Wellington

The Writers in Bronze exhibition showcases the sequence of cast bronze portrait heads of New Zealand writers by sculptor Anthony Stones (1934-2016) in the Alexander Turnbull Library collection.

Six young women wearing traditional Pacific dress, standing in shallow sea water and looking directly at the camera.

Voices for the Pacific: Global insights

Monday 4 April 2022, 12:10pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

How do countries set net zero carbon emission targets? Join us as we track how climate change activism becomes policy.

Part of: Voices for the Pacific

Head-and-shoulders painting of a woman with dark blonde shoulder-length hair.

Being modern: Rita Angus in 20th century Aotearoa

Wednesday 6 April 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

Rita Angus is one of New Zealand’s best-known artists, remarkable for her huge body of work and single-minded devotion to her painting practice. In this talk, Lizzie Bisley will explore the world that Rita Angus lived in, looking at what her work reveals about the social, political and intellectual life of 20th century Aotearoa.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2022

A group of people wearing grass skirts and sarongs dancing on a beach.

Digital Pasifik live — Solomon Islands National Museum

Postponed

Thursday 7 April 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

Join us on an online tour of the Solomon Islands National Museum with the Deputy Director Lawrence Kiko, who will be showing a selection of items from the Museum.

A group of people wearing grass skirts and sarongs dancing on a beach.

Digital Pasifik live — Solomon Islands National Museum

Thursday 14 April 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

Join us on an online tour of the Solomon Islands National Museum with the Deputy Director Lawrence Kiko, who will be showing a selection of items from the Museum.

Two people standing in front of Parliament. One has a Tino Rangatiratanga flag on as a cape.

E oho! Picturing protest and photographing dissent

Thursday 14 April 2022, 2pm to 3:30pm

Online — Zoom

From scary fairies to Ihumātao solidarity and Kiwi QAnon anti-vaxers: Dylan Owen shares images and stories from his years as a protest photographer.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2022

Three children wearing rubber gloves sorting through a pile of rubbish.

Little curators: Trouble in Paradise edition

Tuesday 19 April 2022 to Friday 29 April 2022

Your house

Want to keep your rangatahi busy this school holidays but can’t make it to us in person? Sign up for a free activity pack bursting with fun, sent directly to your whare.

Part of: School holidays 2022

A smiling man is seated at a desk with two monitors and also a display of books on the table.

Exploring oral history collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday 19 April 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

This talk will explore some of the recent additions to the oral history collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library, and offer guidance on searching for oral history materials on the Library’s website and catalogues.

Part of: Connecting to collections 2022

A man looking at a number of A4 sized images that have been attached to the walls with sellotape.

Little curators’ workshop

Wednesday 20 April 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Experience what it is like to be a curator for a day! Learn about what it takes to create an exhibition and meet a professional curator.

Part of: School holidays 2022

Drawing of Te Rauparaha on a bookcover.

Te Rauparaha: Restoring the mana of a manuscript

Thursday 21 April 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

‘He Pukapuka Tātaku i ngā Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui’ is an account of Te Rauparaha’s life written by his son Tamihana Te Rauparaha in the late 1860s. The book’s translator and editor Ross Calman will discuss some of the challenges he faced in interpreting the manuscript for a modern audience, with Alexander Turnbull Library Curator Māori Paul Diamond.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2022

A group of women wearing Pacific dress and ‘ei katu and smiling at the camera.

Island dance workshop

Friday 22 April 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Go on a whānau-friendly scavenger hunt of the ‘Trouble in Paradise’ exhibition and learn a cultural dance from one of our Pacific neighbours.

Part of: School holidays 2022

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day one

Cancelled

Saturday 23 April 2022, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

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

A display of two cast bronze heads - one close up and one in the background.

Bustin’ out the clay: A clay bust workshop

Saturday 23 April 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Ideas for entertaining the whānau all dried up? Slip on some old clothes and get hands on with our clay bust workshop!

Part of: School holidays 2022

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day two

Cancelled

Sunday 24 April 2022, 8:45am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

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

Two open books on display in a glass cabinet with a number of photographs and posters behind on the walls in an exhibition.

Little curators' workshop

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Experience what it is like to be a curator for a day! Learn about what it takes to create an exhibition and meet a professional curator.

Part of: School holidays 2022

A woman sitting on the ground in a tropical forest harvesting yam.

Morning at the library: Trouble in Paradise

Thursday 28 April 2022, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join us for a tour of the exhibitions Trouble in Paradise and He Tohu.

Part of: Trouble in Paradise

Protest looking over a harbour at a ship. They are waving the United Tribes flag.

E oho! Contemporary pursuit of justice for Māori

Thursday 28 April 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Online — Zoom

Hear Māori rights defenders Annette Sykes and Tina Ngata discuss what justice campaigns look and feel like, and what recent events have rallied acts of resistance.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2022

A woman wearing a blue dress and a blue 'ei katu standing outside in front of a green leafy tree.

Make an ‘ei katu with Anna Tiaki

Friday 29 April 2022, 10:30am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Kia orana! Learn how to make your own ‘ei katu (Cook Island flower crown) and take part in a scavenger hunt of our exhibition ‘Trouble in Paradise’ before it closes.

Part of: School holidays 2022

A photo of a man wearing a suit and tie and holding a tokotoko. He stands in front of carved poupou and tukutuku panels.

E oho! What really happened at the Treaty signing at Pōneke?

Postponed

Friday 29 April 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join us to celebrate the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Pōneke in 1840, and learn more about the Raukawa Moana/Cook Strait sheet of the Treaty from a tangata whenua perspective.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2022

A Polynesian woman standing by a tree with their eyes closed and putting their face towards the sun.

Wild indigo: Five poets reading the weather

Friday 29 April 2022, 6pm to 7:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Celebrated Aotearoa poets join current Poet Laureate David Eggleton to explore the spirit of Oceania in our time of climate crises. Join us in person or online for an evening of poetry.

Part of: Trouble in Paradise