June 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.

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.

Portrait of a Māori woman smiling at the camera.

Shifting perspectives about colonial conflict: The Wairau Affray and the Battle of Boulcott's Farm

Wednesday 1 June 2022, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

This talk, by Dr Liana MacDonald, focuses on two significant conflicts between mana whenua and British and settler militia during the early stages of the New Zealand Wars and how they are remembered today. The Wairau Affray (1843) and the Battle of Boulcott's Farm (1846) are remembered differently by settler and indigenous people.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2022

Three women smiling at the camera.

Are we there yet? Series launch

Friday 3 June 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join the National Librarian Te Pouhuaki Rachel Esson with Acting Chief Archivist Honiana Love and Tumu Whakarae Courtney Johnston for the official launch of ‘Are we there yet?’ as they discuss the history and future of female leadership.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: Are we there yet?

Black and white photo of a large, three-storey building on a wharf. The building has many arch windows and an ornate clock tower.

The architecture of Thomas Turnbull and Son

Wednesday 8 June 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Adrian Humphris, Wellington City Archivist, will talk about architects Thomas and William Turnbull, their company, and the many significant buildings they designed and built in Wellington from the 1890s to the 1940s.

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Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2022

A child colouring beside rainbow coloured crayons.

Inclusive school libraries for LGBTIQA+ students — primary

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 3:45pm to 5:15pm

Online — Zoom

Learn how your primary or intermediate 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!

Woman lying on her back on a concrete pier. The waves are washing up on her and she is holding on trying not to get pulled into the sea.

Tea and tours: ‘The breathing sea’ edition

Thursday 16 June 2022, 10am to 12pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Join our kaiārahi for a kōrero about our exhibitions The Breathing Sea and Between Skin and Shirt, followed by tea and some kai.

Part of: The breathing sea

A casual portrait of Maōri man wearing a leather jacket and black t-shirt.

E oho! How to celebrate Matariki as a community: Learning from Featherston

Thursday 16 June 2022, 12:10pm to 1:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

For the first time in Aotearoa’s history, Matariki will be marked with a public holiday on Friday 24 June. Join Warren Maxwell (Ngāti Whare, Ngāi Te Riu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) and hear why this year's Matariki event will be a pivotal step for the Featherston community towards acknowledging mātauranga Māori.

Join us in person or online for this event.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 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 2: Recording seriously — Christchurch

Full — waitlist available

Saturday 18 June 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

A room with a group of people sitting at computers, while others stand around or sit on beanbags on the floor.

Esports simulator


Saturday 18 June 2022, 11am to 4pm

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.

Informal portrait of Barry Barclay.

Barry Barclay: The Camera on the Shore

Thursday 23 June 2022, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Ka whāia e te pakipūmeka o Graeme Tuckett o te tau 2009 i te oranga o te kaimahi kiriata, kaiwhakatūtū kaha hoki a Barry Barclay (Ngāti Apa, Pākehā), arā te kaitohu o Ngati (1987) me ētehi anō.

Graeme Tuckett’s 2009 documentary explores the life and work of tireless activist filmmaker Barry Barclay (Ngāti Apa and Pākehā), the director of Ngati (1987), and much more.

Close up image of calculator keys.

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