Thursday, 13 March 2014

Borderland Exhibition Events at the National Library


Events associated with the Borderland Exhibition


Ōrākau, from a tāngata whenua perspective.  Monday 24 March. 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Ōrākau, as told by Ngāti-Maniapoto Kuia Rovina Maniapoto, gathered from the manuscripts written by her elders and related in their kōrero of the past.

The venue for this free lunchtime talk is the Tiakiwai Conference Centre, lower ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington. 

There is an entrance from Aitken Street, or, down the marble staircase from the Ground Floor foyer.


Ōrākau Paewai and other NZ war sites.  Tuesday 25 March. 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Te Kenehi Teira speaks about the registration of the Ōrākau Paewai wāhi tapu area, and what was involved to get the site of this famous battle analysed and researched. He will also talk about the wider context of the work that the New Zealand Historic Places Trust is undertaking, in relation to sites from the New Zealand Wars.

The venue for this free lunch time event is Te Ahumairangi, ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington


The historiography of Ōrākau.  Wednesday 26 March.  12.15pm - 1.00pm

Historian Vincent O’Malley speaks about Ōrākau, and how it has been remembered (or forgotten) historically. He will discuss historical coverage of the 50th and 100th year commemorations in 1914 and 1964.

The venue for this free event is the Douglas Lilburn Room, level 1 of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington.  Food is not permitted in this venue.


Our mutual waiata interests.  Monday 7 April 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Melissa Cross discusses the lives of James Cowan and composer Alfred Hill, and how their lives intersected on the theme of Māori music. Melissa is a Masters student at the New Zealand School of Music, at Victoria University.

The venue for this free lunch time event is Te Ahumairangi, ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington


Lyrical Legacy - Shanties, waiata and poetry.  Friday 11 April  Midday - 1pm

Ariana Tikao, curator of Borderland, will sing some waiata from the Cowan papers; Dr Michael Brown will talk about, and perform some sea shanties (with audience participation) from Cowan's writings; and Keith Thorsen will read poetry related to Cowan and the region where they both grew up.

The venue for this free lunch time event is Te Ahumairangi, ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington


The Plutarch of Maoriland.  Wednesday 16 April 12.15pm - 1.00pm

Roger Blackley discusses James Cowan's friendship with the painter Charles F. Goldie and his writing on the Maori portraits of Gottfried Lindauer. Roger teaches colonial and nineteenth-century art history at Victoria University of Wellington.

The venue for this free lunch time event is Te Ahumairangi, ground floor of the National Library building, cnr of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington


Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz to register your interest for any of these events


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