Arapaki Library is starting up its early evening event series, providing competition and creation galore
Need some fun after a long day of work or study? Have time to kill waiting for your bus? Want to do something, but make it free? Maybe you have some creative energy to burn? If any of these apply, the Arapaki event nights are for you! The programmes are held in the early evenings at Arapaki Manners Library and are FREE, with all resources provided.
The events are on from 5 to 6:45pm:
Monday – Games Night Tuesday – Zine Night Wednesday – Chess Thursday – Write Night Friday – Silent Book Club
The event series is beginning on Monday, 29th of March and will be on every week. We look forward to seeing you there!
For a full schedule, click here or visit your local library to pick up a calendar. We’ve picked out some of our favourite events below to whet your appetite. What new thing will you create, try out, or learn at the library these holidays?
Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud? Bloom consists of thousands of identical pink pieces that let children and big kids connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Your whānau is welcome to drop in at any time during these sessions, and BLOOM is appropriate for all ages. BLOOM is proudly supported by Capital E.
Monday 7 October, 11am – 4pm at Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Tuesday 8 October, 11am – 4pm at Newtown Library
Minotaurs vs. Mini-Robots
Ancient myths + Robots = awesome time! Come along and decode one of the most fascinating myths of Greek Mythology, the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Code Ozobots and navigate them in a dark labyrinth. Can you escape the Minotaur? Let’s find out. Suitable for ages 6+ with their caregivers.
Monday 30 September, 11am – 12pm at Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library Friday 11 October, 11am – 12pm at Khandallah Library Saturday 12 October, 11am – 12pm at Karori Library
Creative writing workshops
Our creative writing workshops come in two flavours these holidays: Spring Scribblers and Storm the Castle! In Spring Scribblers, you’ll immerse yourself in the joy of language as you discover how to bring out your unique voice in writing. Storm the Castle! will guide you through the Hero’s Journey as you go through all the main beats that make up nearly every great book and movie. Suitable for ages 11+ with their caregivers.
Tuesday 1 October, 2 – 3pm at Karori Library (Storm the Castle!) Thursday 3 October, 12 – 1.30pm at Churton Park Community Centre (Spring Scribblers) Friday 4 October, 2 – 3.30pm at Johnsonville Library (Spring Scribblers) Tuesday 8 October, 2 – 3pm at Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library (Storm the Castle!) Wednesday 9 October, 2 – 3.30pm at Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library (Spring Scribblers)
Experience virtual reality in your lunch break–or before your bus home!
Ever wanted to fly a car through dystopian Los Angeles? Or come face-to-face with a Demogorgon on the set of Stranger Things? Maybe you’d prefer to free-climb El Capitan, or dive down into the Mariana Trench?
All these things are possible at our fantastic – and free! – virtual reality experience. Bookings are essential as space is limited.
Committee Room Two (Ground Floor, next to Citizens’ Advice Bureau)
101 Wakefield Street
(Wellington City Council building)
Each session is 20 minutes and multiple slots are available in each session.
If you have any other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And for a sneak peek at what’s available, check out our previews of some of the VR experiences below!
Selected Available Experiences
Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit
“When a rogue replicant kills two people it’s up to you, a Blade Runner, to run him down. Experience the vast cityscape of Los Angeles in the year 2049 from the skies as you pilot your spinner in a thrilling chase set in the Blade Runner universe.”
“Coco VR is Pixar’s stunning debut into virtual reality: an adventure into the beautiful Disney-Pixar film, Coco. You can choose either a single or multi-player experience, and follow the magical alebrije into the luminous world of Coco filled with lovable characters and beautiful settings from the film.”
National Geographic: Free Solo
“Immerse yourself in the experience of free solo climbing Yosemite’s famous El Capitan alongside Alex Honnold in this breathtaking 360 video.”
Face Your Fears
“Face Your Fears will scare you, creep you out, or cause your jaw to drop in awe and amazement. Try looking around, looking up, looking behind you. You never know what’s lurking in the dark. Share the experience with your friends! It’s even more fun to watch them scream and jump!”
“theBlu is a deeply immersive VR series that allows audiences to experience the wonder and majesty of the ocean through different habitats and come face to face with some of the most awe inspiring species on the planet.”
First a little background information. Te Whare Tapere can be literally translated from Māori to English as ‘community hall’ and it can also be translated as ‘a house of entertainment’. As well as guest accommodation Te Whare Tapere were used for entertainment which could include kōrero pūrākau (storytelling), waiata(songs), haka (dance), taonga pūoro (musical instruments), karetao (puppetry) and tākaro (games). Te Whare Tapere also denotes the knowledge of these artistic disciplines.
This years Whare Tapere was held on Saturday 22nd February and is the fourth to be organised and held by Charles Royal at his family farm at Waimango, Firth of Thames and is a product of Charles’ extensive research on the topic. This years Whare Tapere had a focus on storytelling.
The day started with a visit from pupils of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Bernard Fergusson, Ngaruawahia. We started off with learning some tākaro (games) including rongomamau, which is a hand dexterity game and pōtaka which are spinning tops. I have been making pōtaka in the lead up to Whare Tapere and in the week leading up to the open day Kelly Kahukiwa, Eamon Nathan and I made two marae pōtaka (spinning top playing surfaces) which had plenty of use during the day.
Here are some of the pōtaka I have recently made.
Ki o Rahi was a very popular game too as was Hakariki.
In the afternoon we made a hikoi (walk) up to the Wahi Marumaru (shaded area) where three stories were told, Manu Mea and Ngarara, Hine Raukatauri and Tukumana Taiwiwi Te Taniwha.
After that a karetao performance took place up on the hill with James Webster’s karetao (puppets) taking the spotlight. These were manipulated by James, Aroha Yates-Smith, Horomono Horo and Charles Royal while myself, Kelly and Elise Goodge hid in the forest and accompanied the performance with taonga pūoro.
The evenings entertainment was mostly musical with perfomances from Reo, The Makaurau Sessions and Ria Hall taking place on the motu (island).