May 2022

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


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.

A man wearing army uniform is reading from a piece of paper into a microphone on a tripod, watched by four other soldiers.

With the boys overseas: Radio listening during World War II

Wednesday 4 May 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Online — Zoom

In the 1940s, radio played a central role in the life of the New Zealand household as a source of news and entertainment. In this talk, sound historian Sarah Johnston discusses the role of our first radio war correspondents who travelled with the New Zealand forces in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and in the Pacific as mobile broadcasting units.

Part of: Public History Talk — 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?

Friday 6 May 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

Comic drawing of a seagull and people flying on flying carpets, birds, pencils and a bicycle above Wellington. Words are Comicfest 2022.

ComicFest 2022

Saturday 7 May 2022, 9am to 5pm


The National Library of New Zealand and Wellington City Libraries invite you to join us for this fantastic, and totally free, celebration of New Zealand comics. Featuring a whole galaxy of Aotearoa’s finest graphic artists and authors in a full day of events for comic fans of all ages. The event will take place completely online, with a range of interactive workshops, talks, and panels.

An illustration of a girl wearing a dress and apron making eyes on a dough girl the same size as her.

Bunchy: The uncanny side of Milly-Molly-Mandy

Tuesday 10 May 2022, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Joyce Lankester Brisley’s Milly-Molly-Mandy stories idealise country living in England in the 1920s. Her Bunchy stories are, by contrast, unnerving fantasies, reflecting Bunchy’s isolation as a lonely orphan. In this talk, Dr Kathryn Walls explores the contrasts in these popular stories.

Part of: Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection

Collage-style zine with the text The Archive is Alive vol. 3.

Queer youth zine launch


Tuesday 10 May 2022, 5:30pm to 7pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

LAGANZ, InsideOUT and Wellington Zinefest bring you Volume Three of our The Archive is Alive zine! Created by a group of rangatahi aged between 12 and 16, this zine explores the many ways youth have shaped queer histories in Aotearoa.

Poster with the words presents A Rotuman Knowledge Presentation and a photo of a paper flower lying on a woven mat.

Digital Pasifik live – Rotuman knowledge presentation

Wednesday 11 May 2022, 7pm to 8:30pm

Online — Zoom

As part of Rotuman Language Week, Joshua Tafilagi will be facilitating a haifaegaga with Ieli and Harieta Erasito. They will be sharing their knowledge about Rotuman traditions and practices.

Part of: Pacific Language Weeks 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.

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

Full — waitlist available

Friday 13 May 2022, 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.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2022

Two people standing and looking at the end of a glacier, which is surrounded by bare rock.

Reflections on ‘The breathing sea’


Friday 13 May 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Te Puna Foundation Gallery, (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon

Haere mai and hear a series of reflections on the works and themes in our current exhibition ‘The Breathing Sea’.

Part of: The breathing sea

Portrait of a woman sitting in a room with maps, notes and old photographs on the wall behind her.

Kaumātua kōrero, the diaries of Iraia te Ama o te Rangi Te Whāiti (1890-1918)

Tuesday 17 May 2022, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

The recipient of this year’s Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Grant, Pania Te Whāiti, will discuss her research project involving the diaries of Iraia te Ama o te Rangi Te Whāiti — the working notebooks of the South Wairarapa farmer and kaumātua who recorded (in te reo) 27 years of his life, his thoughts and his activities.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2022

Portrait of a smiling Māori woman sitting on a couch.

E oho! Data sovereignty: Transforming data ecosystems for Māori

Thursday 19 May 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Online — Zoom

Professor Tahu Kukutai talks about the importance of Māori data sovereignty for Aotearoa and new directions in the development of Māori data governance and data privacy.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2022

A photo of a Māori man standing in front of carved poupou and tukutuku panels.

Te Hāhi Mihinare: Mātauranga meets the word

Thursday 19 May 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Award-winning author Dr Hirini Kaa discusses the ways in which Mihinare (Māori Anglicans) engaged with the settler Anglican Church in New Zealand and created their own unique church, and how this casts light on the broader question of how Māori interacted with and transformed European culture and institutions.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2022

Book display in a school library with colourful children's books.

Growing and shaping your school library collection

Full — wait list available

Monday 23 May 2022 to Friday 1 July 2022


A great school library collection reflects, includes and responds to your students and community. This requires good management and planning. Discover how to build a library collection that meets the needs of your students and teachers.

Victorian era black and white headshots, freckled woman wearing a high neck collar with a white ruffle.

‘Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding’ exhibition

Thursday 26 May 2022 to Sunday 29 May 2022

National Library Gallery, National Library Wellington

‘Between skin & shirt: The photographic portraits of William Harding’ is an exhibition of 60 portraits from the collection, held by the Alexander Turnbull Library. This first major exhibition of Harding’s work will run from 26 May until 29 October.

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

Student librarian learning how to issue books in a school library.

Student librarians and running your school library

Monday 30 May 2022, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Online — Zoom

At this meeting, you’ll learn about managing student librarians and promoting reading. We’ll share more resources and ideas to help you in your role. 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

Woman with dark hair reaching towards shelves full of coloured books organised into a rainbow.

Inclusive school libraries for LGBTIQA+ students — secondary

Tuesday 31 May 2022, 3:45pm to 5:15pm

Online — Zoom

Learn how your secondary school library can support LGBTIQA+ students. We'll share title recommendations, inclusive education guides and practical tips, and you can chat with librarians across NZ!