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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Blue Smoke 70th Anniversary

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 6pm to 12pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Come and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the iconic New Zealand song 'Blue Smoke' and Pixie Williams, our first homegrown ‘pop star’. Hear performances of songs Pixie Williams recorded including 'Blue Smoke'.

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Manawataki

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

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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 Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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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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, 12pm to 1pm

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, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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 Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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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PRIDE2020 – In the vault with Pere

Thursday 5 March 2020, 6:15pm to 8:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

In The Vault is excited to be supporting PRIDE2020! A chill vibe to close the week with some of Aotearoa’s finest Rainbow community talent. Pere, Valkyrie and Callan James share their music and their journeys.

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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 Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

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.

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School Holiday Crafts — Harakeke Weaving

Tuesday 7 July 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, followed by a drop in weaving session with Lisa Ramanui.

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Poi E! Make your own poi

Thursday 9 July 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. Learn some introductory moves with your new poi!

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Create your own taonga pūoro (Māori instrument)

Tuesday 14 July 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 drop-in session about Māori wind instruments and make your own to take home.

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Solid Air Launch Aotearoa

Friday 31 July 2020, 5:30pm to 8pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Experience a literary launch of some of Aotearoa’s most vibrant performance poets, who are all featured in the ground-breaking new spoken word anthology, ‘Solid Air - Australia & New Zealand Spoken Word’.