This winter, reach way back to your neolithic roots with the Lōemis Winter Solstice Festival. Observe the longest nights of the year and the deep dark of winter with a hearty mix of monsters and crafts, music and feasting, dance and theatre and finish it all off with a fiery waterfront procession.
What is that Monster in the Central Library?
Between June 6th-20th come into the Central Library and behold Seraphina! Representing the messenger, the bringer of birth, death, and rebirth as part of the cosmic fire of creation; in Seraphina’s nest, place hand written notes of what you wish gone and feed it to the cavity in her stomach. In her egg, place your notes containing that which you wish to build anew: your hopes, dreams, and love for the future.
Then, on the night of the Winter Solstice Ritual (June 21st), follow Seraphina, accompanied by a live orchestra, as she begins her procession through Civic Square to the Whairepo Lagoon where she will be set ablaze along with all of the thoughts and feelings you fed through your notes, in an ancient ritual celebrating birth, death, and rebirth.
Did someone say crafting event at the Library?
During Seraphina’s stay at the Central Library, partake in two evenings of crafting and papier-mâché fun with FREE workshops run by local artists Zoe Higgins and Leda Farrow.
From 6-8pm on Wednesday June 6th, celebrate the installation of Seraphina and come along to Central for a FREE Mask Making Workshop lead by artist Zoe Higgins. On the ground floor in the YA area, enjoy an evening getting crafty and making your own papier-mâché mask that you can then wear to the winter solstice parade on June 21.
The following Wednesday (June 13th) at 6-8pm, try your hand at something different with a Silhouette Egg Lantern Workshop lead by artist Leda Farrow. The egg, a universal symbol of life will be an ancient and symbolic inspiration for your lantern which can then be used to light the way for Seraphina during the winter solstice parade.
All materials and paints will be included and provided. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of spaces available.
To register, please contact either the Library or Lōemis via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, via phone at 04 801 4040 or come and speak to a Librarian to reserve your place.
These events are suitable for people of all ages however children must be supervised by an adult.
What about all of the music and feasting, dance and theatre?
Enjoy feasting and music at the Feast Of Yaldā, take in the wonders of theatre with the innovative work Íkaros and be tempted by an evening of dance with Footnote Dance Company’s production Search Engine, to name but a few.
Make sure you check out the full Lōemis programme and ticketing information at Lōemis.nz
Tēnā koutou katoa! Join us in celebrating Matariki at Wellington City Libraries this winter! It’s a time of celebration and reflection, of whānau and of kōrerorero — and a time to cook and eat delicious kai! Whether you want to celebrate with others or just learn more about this wonderful festival, your library has you covered with books, resources and events for the whole family.
Many of our usual preschool storytime and Kōhunga Kōrero sessions this month will be Matariki-themed, but we’re also running special Matariki events with stories, songs and crafts for tamariki and their families at selected libraries:
Borrow an iPad mini from one of these libraries, free of charge, during Tech Week: Central (visit the 2nd Floor Desk), Miramar, Kilbirnie, Newtown, Island Bay, Tawa, Jville, Karori and Cummings Park Library in Ngaio.
You can make a booking online or in person (visit any of the libraries above). If you would like help to get started, use the online booking form and choose the ‘I would like a free 30 minute help session’ option, and a staff member will contact you to confirm your tablet pickup and tutorial time.
Have you ever wondered what it involves to take a musical idea from a concept to a finished album? As part of New Zealand Music Month, in association with Rattle Records, Wellington Central Library is proud to stage the panel event “How to Build an Album”. Sound engineer and sonic adventurer Steve Burridge, renowned exponent of ngā taonga pūoro Alistair Fraser, conceptual artist Neil Johnstone, and owner and founder of the highly acclaimed Rattle Records Steve Garden hope to provide the perfect introduction.
Each panel member will cover a different aspect of the process talking about their professional experiences tips and hints using their newly released album ‘Shearwater Drift’ as an example to illustrate the whole process. Amongst the topics to be touched on will be how to generate ideas and concepts, the difficulties of recording in the outdoors, the nuances and challenges of playing and recording ngā taonga pūoro in the studio environment and in the open, how to create promotional videos, marketing on the cheap, to go digital or physical or vinyl for release, and of course the role of the record companies.
This one off workshop will be on Saturday 26th May from 2-3pm. Includes a sneak peak of their forthcoming album ‘Shearwater Drift’ along with promotional videos and a short Q&A session.
Just announced: SPECIAL GUEST!
Special guest Ross Harris will talk about his involvement with one of the tracks and the process behind it.
Every year thousands of avid readers and movie & music lovers gather at Central Library for the May book sale. Judging by its past popularity, this sale should be no different. Past buyers have used the sale to find the best book deals, to complete their personal collections or just to rummage and find a gem. And the sale helps our libraries by making room for an ever increasing collection.
Highlights of this sale: a great range of non-fiction books, along with a wide variety of adult fiction, DVDs, CDs and magazines on every topic imaginable. As at each previous sale, stock is replenished at regular intervals ensuring there are always fresh bargains to be found. And they really are bargains – prices start from 50 cents for magazines, adult fiction, and young adult/teens books with most other items between $1 and $6 and some marked prices.
UPDATE: Fill a shopping bag with booksale items for $10 on the book sale’s remaining days: Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May. Single item sales will remain at reduced prices.
The Deluge is an all-in-one, stand-alone, portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler designed for the creation, performance and improvisation of electronic music, created by Wellingtonian Rohan Hill, and developed by Synthstrom Audible Limited, a boutique electronics manufacturer from Wellington.
Before we make the Deluge available for public lending Ian will run a workshop that shows people how to use it, as well as talk a little bit about its background & history from a marketing/product evolution angle. He will be demoing our Deluge, but will also bring some more units with him so everyone can have a play!
In the early 1800s the stories behind the naming of the land in Te Whanganui-a-Tara were often sourced to Te Whatahoro Jury and three women – Ngarimu Mawene, Mere Ngamai and Rangiwahia Te Puni.
Te Whatahoro Jury
Te Whatahoro Jury was born 1841 in Hawkes Bay — his father worked for William Williams. In 1842 the family moved to Wairarapa. He became a scribe to Te Matorohanga and Nepia Pohuhu and was charged with recording tribal traditions on behalf of his iwi. Some of this material was used later, by Elsdon Best, T. W. Downes, S. Percy Smith and John White. He married seven times. He died 1923 and is buried at Papawai cemetery.
Ngarimu Mawene Hohua
Ngarimu Mawene is listed in documents held at Te Papa. Ngarimu Mawene may have been connected to Hohua Te Atuawera and Hariata Mawene, with links therefore Te Ngatoro and (first?) husband, Wakairianiwa. Te Ngatoro was, in turn, a daughter to Aniwaniwa and Tawhirikura. It is said that, as a young girl, Ngarimu danced on the beach at Pito-one as the “Tory Pioneers” arrived in 1839.
Rangi Te Puni is believed to have been born in Waipa Valley, with links to Tainui and Ngāti Rārua. She succeeded to land at Te Tau Ihu o te Waka. Rangiwahia,(Rangiwhaia) was the daughter of Rangitakaia, and grandchild of Hinehape. Rangiwahia was the wife of Henare Te Puni, who in turn was the son of Honiana Te Puni and Wikitoria Muri-tu-waka-roto.
[Whakapapa of Aperaham Huritapae: Nelson MB, 13/6/89 / [WMB NO. 3, P. 39]
James Cowan has written about Māori place names of Te Whanganui-a-Tara in the Evening Post, 1912. These are available on PapersPast, in the Evening Post:
A list of Māori place names of Te Whanganui-a-Tara concludes Elsdon Best’s The land of Tara. Here is a map from that book.
Te Whatahoro Jury’s work in transcribing oral histories possibly, formed a basis for stories in Elsdon Best’s – The land of Tara, published first in the Journal of the Polynesian Society, and then in book form, 1919.
Best’s list of names was revised and greatly expanded by G Leslie Adkin in:
Māori have long had an interest in the spiritual value of land: it pervades their sense of identity and how they relate to others. But land is also the foundation of their survival, in economic as well as cultural terms 
Giselle Byrnes, writing of surveyors as Pākehā boundary markers, shows that these men were also naming the land, and “owning” the whenua for their colonial government in a way that parallels the Māori concept of Tapa Whenua.
Boundary markers suggest that the surveyors colonised the land through language, literally inscribing it with new meanings and ways of seeing: place naming and mapping are perhaps the best examples of this 
For Māori, in oral tradition, naming the land was essential for defining iwi and hapū boundaries. Sites of tribal significance — maunga, awa, moana then become key elements in kawa o te marae, and whanaungatanga, in rituals of encounter, where politeness decrees that you ask not “ko wai koe?/ who are you?”, but rather, “nō hea koe? / where are you from?”
Surveyors extended their sketching skills to record not just Pākehā boundaries, but also snapshots of the life and times of our tūpuna.
Legend has it that both Matiu and Makaro Islands received their original Māori names from Kupe, the semi-legendary first navigator to reach New Zealand and get home again with reports of the new land. He named them after his two daughters (or, in some versions of the tale, nieces) when he first entered the harbour about 1000 years ago.
“After European settlement, the island was known for over a century as Somes Island. In 1839 it fell under the control of the New Zealand Company along with much of the greater Wellington region.”
“The island was renamed after Joseph Somes, the company’s deputy-governor and financier at the time. In 1997 however, the New Zealand Geographic Board assigned the official bilingual name of Matiu/Somes in recognition of the island’s colourful European and Māori histories.” 
I look forward to Morrie Love’s kōrero to reveal the layers of history that lie both beneath our feet and before our eyes, and to provide an opportunity to understand the heritage of Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
Stories in names / Tohunga. New Zealand Railways magazine ; vol. 9, issue 6 (1934)
Maori Land Court. Nelson Minute Book. 13/6/89. P. 39.
Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot!These April school holidays, your children can get to be an engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library. There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries: we have some of the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, or they can get creative with Lego and coding games. Best of all, they are open to all ability levels.
Here’s where and when the activities are happening:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am
Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm
Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am
Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am
These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up! Contact your library to find out more information – or follow our Kids Blog or our Facebook page for updates.
April 21 – 29 is NZ Dance Week #NZDW2018 and we are celebrating here at the Central Library with Dancing Through the Pages, a series of evening talks from some of Wellington’s finest performing artists talking about their craft with a short taste of their live performances as well!
Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to choreograph a work or compose music for dance? Or wondered what the day to day looks like for a dancer or how they shake stage-fright? Or are you just simply curious about their current reading lists? Dancing Through the Pages is a unique opportunity to meet artists at the top of their game with the chance to ask them any burning questions you have about their art-form.
So come along and fill your evenings with movement, music and intrigue among the book shelves!
What’s the Schedule?
Tuesday 24 April/ 6pm – Sensory Dance Theatre
Sacha Copland & Emma Coppersmith from Java Dance Theatre will give an insight into creating a sensory experience for theatre goers. Learn about Java’s immersive processes and how food can make a great stage companion and open up a world of ritual.
Thursday 26 April / 6pm – A Song & Dance
Come along and hear contemporary dancer/choreographer Lucy Marinkovich and jazz musician Lucien Johnson talk about their creative partnership, following their 2017 award-winning dance-theatre show, Lobsters. Find out about collaboration and why it’s important in the arts, plus treat your ears to some smooth saxophone from Lucien.
Friday 27 April 6pm – A Choreographer at Work
Meet Loughlan Prior; dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and a Royal New Zealand Ballet staple.Come along to this final session ofDancing Through the Pagesand hear Loughlan talk about his creative process, plus get a behind the scenes glimpse into the mechanics of choreographing a duet. Featuring special guests RNZB dancers Luke Cooper and Georgia Powley
Want to know more about the artists?
ABOUT JAVA DANCE THEATRE Java Dance Theatre is dance theatre that gets under your skin. Founded in 2003 by New Zealand School of Dance graduate, Sacha Copland, Java captures audiences with visceral dance and captivating story-telling. Combining playful physicality, live music and audience immersion Java has captured hearts around New Zealand and the world. Their strong repertoire of original works includes The Wine Project, Dirt and Other Delicious Ingredients, Back of the Bus, The Creamery, Cheese, and Rise.
ABOUT BORDERLINE ARTS ENSEMBLE The Borderline Arts Ensemble is a performing arts collective established by dancer and choreographer Lucy Marinkovich in 2015 to facilitate her contemporary dance and performance art works. In 2017 Borderline presented Good Good Fortune at the Performance Arcade (Wellington, NZ) and the George Town Arts Festival (Penang, Malaysia), as well as developing choreography for The Shyness of Trees during an artist residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore. Borderline’s first full length dance-theatre work Lobsters premiered in an independent season at Circa Theatre and was the winner of three 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards.
ABOUT LOUGHLAN PRIOR
Loughlan Prior is an Aussie/Kiwi choreographer and performer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the choreographer in residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) and the creative director of Prior Visual, a project based film collective. Loughlan has produced works for the RNZB, the New Zealand School of Dance and recently premiered a piece with the Grand Rapids Ballet in the United States. His film projects have met acclaim both nationally and internationally, his collaborative film Genome featured in Wellington’s treasured 2017 LUX Light Festival.
We are counting down to NZ Dance Week (5, 6, 7, 8… get it?) and are getting SO excited for what’s happening at Central Library that week, that librarians have been started tapping and jiving through the shelves! So in the lead up to Dancing Through The Pages we quizzed our upcoming performers about their favourite books and current reading habits!
In order of the week’s performances, we kicked things off with choreographer and Artistic Director of Java Dance Theatre Sacha Copland.
So Sacha, tell us what are you reading at the moment? “I usually have a few books on the go at any one time. For fun I am reading The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. For research for my next work I am reading The Brilliant History of Colour in Art by Victoria Finlay and Chocolate Nations, Living and Dying for Cocoa in West Africa by Orla Ryan. I am really interested in exploring colour more. There is too much monochrome! Also my next work is about chocolate so I have to research every aspect of it before I make it, the good, the bad and the ugly.”
Next up we have contemporary dancer and choreographer Lucy Marinkovich along with saxophonist and composer Lucien Johnson who answered our questions with the same creative partnership that we will hear more about at ‘A Song & Dance’!
Want to know more about Dancing Through the Pages and what’s happening for NZ Dance Week? Check out wcl.govt.nz/danceweek for all of the info, add the Facebook Event to your calendar and follow the hashtag #nzdw2018! We hope to see you there!
Pro-tip: don’t miss our most recent biographies booklist! We’ve hand-picked a selection of some of the prominent dancers in history, from Gene Kelly to Michael Jackson. We couldn’t resist making a list of our favourite dance movies as well, what better reason to relive Footloose is there! Take a look!
Have you ever sat under the stars, gazed at the night sky and wished you could capture it? Seen photos of the milky way, looked down at your camera and wondered how on earth they did it?
If that sounds like you, then come along to the Central Library and hear Wellington based astrophotographer Mark Gee talk about his photographic journey and share his story of how he came to be the self-taught award winning photographer he is today!
A post shared by Mark Gee (@theartofnight) on Swing by the library after work on Wednesday April 4th at 6pm to meet the man himself and hear about the Art of Night, and learn how you can get started, how to use social media as a marketing tool, and how you can continue to develop as a photographer.
Mark will be talking for about 30 minutes so there will be plenty of question time as well!
Looking for more resources for your own photography?
Check out the free online course available through Lynda.com, with courses on everything from Photography 101, to Exploring Composition, How to Create a Portfolio, using Photoshop, and even Aerial Photography with Drones and a how to on Landscape Photography: Iceland!
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