Upcoming events

Man doing tai chi.

Tai Chi Chuan 太极拳 — a demonstration of different forms and styles

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 12:10pm to 12:50pm

Online — RSVP

Tai Chi Chuan 太极拳: A demonstration by Keith McEwing of hand forms in different styles, a weapon form, using a combination of styles, with the fan, followed by a Qi Gong set that people will be invited to join in (Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi太極氣功十八式). The session will finish with an interview with Keith and an opportunity for people to ask him questions.

Part of: Chinese Language Week 2021

Person dressed as a red feathered bird flapping their wings.

Taki Rua: Pourakahua

Postponed

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Join Taki Rua Productions in the finale of their te reo Māori season of Pourakahua, a cross between human and bird, on a journey of self-discovery as they fly across the stunning landscapes of Aotearoa to find their true home.

Part of: Mahuru Māori

Three performers on a stage pulling at a Māori carving in different directions.

Pourakahua post-show talk: Māori rock art

Postponed

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 1:10pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Following Taki Rua Production’s performance of Pourakahua, listen to rock art expert Gerard O’Regan (Otago Museum) and the creators of the play Jeffrey Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare how Māori rock art has inspired the play.

Part of: Mahuru Māori

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Barbarous renderings: A look at Chinese names in New Zealand

Thursday 30 September 2021, 12:10pm to 1:10pm

Online — RSVP

The origin and history of Chinese business and personal names in Wellington and New Zealand and how they evolved over time.

Part of: Chinese Language Week 2021

Two teachers enjoying a Roald Dahl book during a learning event.

Using National Library's changed school lending service — Auckland

Friday 8 October 2021, 10am to 11:30am

Seminar Room, National Library Auckland

School loan coordinators — come find out about changes to National Library's school lending service that'll make it easier for kura and schools to borrow books from us. Learn how to be a great loan coordinator for your school.

Part of: Changes to National Library's school lending service

Two teachers enjoying a Roald Dahl book during a learning event.

Using National Library's changed school lending service — Auckland

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 12:30pm to 2pm

Seminar Room, National Library Auckland

School loan coordinators — come find out about changes to National Library's school lending service that'll make it easier for kura and schools to borrow books from us. Learn how to be a great loan coordinator for your school.

Part of: Changes to National Library's school lending service

Words He ringatoi o ngā tūpuna, Isaac Coates and his Māori portraits. Two watercolour imagea of a Māori man and woman.

Isaac Coates and his Māori portraits

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 5:30pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

A look at the Mitchells’ newly-published book He Ringatoi o Nga Tupuna: Isaac Coates and His Maori Portraits.

Part of: Authors' talk

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

The essentials of oral history research, Day 1: Introduction to oral history — Wellington

Saturday 16 October 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Want to know more about the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library of New Zealand? Keen to learn how you can connect to the collections and use them in your research or publication? Then these talks are for you. Connecting to Collections talks are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 19 October 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Want to know more about the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library of New Zealand? Keen to learn how you can connect to the collections and use them in your research or publication? Then these talks are for you. Connecting to Collections talks are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 16 November 2021, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell MNZM from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

The essentials of oral history research, Day 2: Recording seriously — Wellington

Saturday 20 November 2021, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects. This is a two day course, with one month between days.

Part of: Oral history workshops — 2021

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day one

Saturday 4 December 2021, 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 — 2021

Three Asian women listening to records on a record player.

Abstracting oral history — day two

Sunday 5 December 2021, 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 — 2021