Pūkana

A series of events: Saturday 1 June 2019 to Saturday 30 May 2020

This event is part of the Pūkana exhibition — a celebration of moments in Māori performance.

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Manawataki

Thursday 11 July 2019, 6pm to 8:30pm

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

Join us for a free, two-night creative showcase of rangatahi encapsulating the kaupapa of loss, grief, and compassion. Hear rap, poetry and spoken word.

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Pūkana — the exhibition

Wednesday 4 September 2019

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

Come and hear Paul Diamond, lead curator for the Pūkana exhibition, talk about the background to this exciting new exhibition. Pūkana celebrates Māori performance across time.

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Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere — The Kuia and the Spider

Thursday 5 September 2019, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

A children’s production in te reo Māori, 'Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere' is devised from Patricia Grace’s classic story book 'The Kuia and The Spider'.

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In conversation with Tina Cross and Carl Doy

Friday 18 October 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm

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

Tina Cross and Carl Doy in conversation with Paul Diamond before their evening performance, marking the 40th anniversary of their win at the Pacific Song Contest, with ‘Nothing But Dreams’.

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Tina Cross: Nothing but Dreams

Friday 18 October 2019, 7pm to 9pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Tina Cross and Carl Doy reunite to celebrate a part of pop culture history — 'Nothing But Dreams' and their 1979 Pacific Song Contest victory. The glamorous Lady Killer and Piano By Candlelight star are set to take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

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Lilburn Lecture — Breath of the birds: the revival of taonga puoro

Friday 1 November 2019, 6pm to 7pm

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

The 2019 Lilburn Lecture sees esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead (Ngāi te Rangi) speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by Bridget Douglas and Alistair Fraser.

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Pūkana whānau day

Saturday 9 November 2019, 10am to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Come and explore Pūkana, our new exhibition all about Māori performance! We’ve got a great lineup of performances and activities for you and the whānau including: kapa haka, taonga pūoro, harakeke weaving, storytelling in te reo, and many more!

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Te Rākau Trust and the creation of ‘Undertow’

Monday 18 November 2019

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Jim Moriarty, Aneta Pond and Helen Pearse-Otene of Te Rakau Trust discuss their journey to create a Theatre Marae experience.

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Poi E! Make your own poi

Wednesday 22 January 2020, 10am to 10:20am

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Be inspired by a tour through the ‘Pūkana: moments in Māori performance’ exhibition and make your own poi to take home. Watch a poi demonstration and learn how to perform with them.

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Taonga pūoro workshop — Make your own Māori wind instrument

Friday 24 January 2020, 10am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Book the tamariki in to be inspired by a family-friendly tour of the exhibition ‘Pūkana: moments in Māori performance’ at 10am. Then stay for a workshop about Māori wind instruments and make your own to take home. This event is fully booked.

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Poi E! Make your own poi

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 10am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Be inspired by a tour through the ‘Pūkana: moments in Māori performance’ exhibition and make your own poi to take home. Watch a poi demonstration and learn how to perform with them.

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Howie Tamati MBE and Tony Kemp — Haka and New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League

Wednesday 29 January 2020

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

Howie Tamati MBE and Tony Kemp — Haka and New Zealand Kiwis Rugby League.

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Mau rākau (Māori martial art) workshop

Thursday 30 January 2020, 10am to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Be inspired by a tour through the ‘Pūkana: moments in Māori performance’ exhibition, then join in a mau rākau (Māori martial art) workshop with matua Whaitiri Poutawa learning about Māori weaponry and combat stances. This event is fully booked.

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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.

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Young minds take the library

Saturday 14 March 2020, 10am to 3pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Bring the whānau to see author interviews, make your own mini book, write secret notes to leave in library books, and more at this festival for children and young adults. Curated by Bret McKenzie for New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

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‘Solid Air Anthology’ — spoken word showcase: Wellington launch

Cancelled

Thursday 9 April 2020, 5:30pm to 7pm

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

Come and celebrate the launch of the groundbreaking ‘Solid Air: Australia & New Zealand Spoken Word anthology’. Featuring Jordan Hamel, Te Kahu Rolleston, Tayi Tibble, Ben Brown, Anahera Gildea as well as guests from Australia Laniyuk and Laura Jean McKay.