🗣️ Stories from the Community, Oral History Workshop

This workshop is for everyone interested in recording oral history that supports Aotearoa New Zealand culture and history. You will learn about the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage oral history awards, how to apply for funding, what makes a good project and how to make it happen.

Ngā Kōrero Tuku Iho, Piki Ake!

Kake Ake! New Zealand Oral History Awards

Presenter: Dr Emma-Jean Kelly, Audio Visual Historian, Ministry of Culture & Heritage

Every year the Ministry awards a total of $100,000 between a number of recipients working on varied oral history projects across the country. Dr Emma-Jean Kelly administers the awards and will deliver a talk about the funding application process, recent examples of funded projects and answer questions from those interested in applying.

Stories from the Community

Presenter: Rebecca Amundsen, Oral Historian

In this presentation, Rebecca Amundsen will talk about a number of oral history projects that she has been part of while she was coordinator of the Southland Oral History Project. She will cover some key learnings from each project as well as the process for making things happen, both as the driver of a project and as a collaborator.

Interested?

Numbers are limited – register by emailing your details to sohp@ilibrary.co.nz.

Coming from out of town? Ask about travel support available for people attending from out of Invercargill.

Celebrate Matariki these school holidays 🌃

Keep the kids busy!

We have a great range of fun activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays!

Each weekday there will be a different activity in the morning (starting at 10.30am) and the afternoon (starting at 1:00pm).

Pickup a colouring-in competition to do in the Library or at home! Explore the library with our Matariki Scavanger Hunt!

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Boredom Busters

Colour & Win!

Pick-up a sheet or download at home!

Scavenger Hunt!

Can you find all the Matariki stars?

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Read and win! Grab a Winter Reading card today! ⛄

Winners announced! 🏆

Congratulations to all of our lucky winners:

Early Readers
$50 Warehouse voucher – Robin Olbrich
$50 Reading Cinema’s voucher – Harry McCarthy
Book prize pack – Lewis Nelson

Kids
$50 Warehouse voucher – Alexa Oosthuizen
$50 Reading Cinema’s voucher – Olivia Carter
Book prize pack – Joshua Romero 

Teens
$50 Warehouse voucher – Oshadha Perera
$50 Reading Cinema’s voucher –Amelia Thompson
Book prize pack –Luke Smith

Winter Reading has returned! 🏂

Running for the month of July, simply pick-up a challenge card (or print one off at home) and get reading! We have three age groups; early readers (0-7 years), kids (ages 7-12), and teens (age 12-18).

Complete at least 4 challenges and you’ll be in to win! Prizes include a $50 Warehouse voucher, $50 Reading Cinemas voucher, and a Book Prize Pack!

Entries close 6pm, Saturday 31 July. Winners will be notified on Monday 2 August.

🎶 Limited spaces! Māori musical instrument and meditation workshop!

Learn about traditional Māori musical instruments!

Join us on Sunday 11 July as we host an exciting Māori musical instrument and meditation workshop! Rob Thorne, New Zealand Māori composer and performer, will be running a 90-minute workshop exploring traditional Māori musical instruments, as well as the relationship between culture and sound from traditional and modern perspectives. 

Attendees will learn about the porotiti, a traditional Māori musical instrument, and it’s cultural significance. Each workshop participant will get their own porotiti to take home at the end of the session!

What will the workshop include?

The workshop will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will cover:  

  • Brief introduction to taonga puoro
  • The porotiti, its tradition, its functions, its potential
  • Mindfulness and meditation as a practice of wellness
  • Mechanisms of meditation: self, extended repetition, mantra, mindfulness, flow
  • Performance as action with purpose and narrative
  • Learn to play the porotiti
  • Rob demonstrating his instruments with looping technology

What will the workshop include?

The workshop will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will cover:  

  • Brief introduction to taonga puoro
  • The porotiti, its tradition, its functions, its potential
  • Mindfulness and meditation as a practice of wellness
  • Mechanisms of meditation: self, extended repetition, mantra, mindfulness, flow
  • Performance as action with purpose and narrative
  • Learn to play the porotiti
  • Rob demonstrating his instruments with looping technology

What's a porotiti?

The porotiti is a traditional Māori musical instrument known to also be used in traditional healing. Suspended by a cord, and spun with both hands in front of the body, while known as a children’s toy, it is also renowned as medicine for the respiratory system, the chest and spine, the spirit and the mind.

In this workshop the participants learn and achieve both a moving and a breathing meditation that also incorporates a sonic meditation made by the instrument. Participants also learn about traditional Māori musical instruments (taonga pūoro), and how to play an instrument (the porotiti).

Each workshop participant receives their own porotiti to take home at the end of the session!

Spots are limited, so what are you waiting for?

Music by Rob Thorne

Listen to some of Rob’s music above! Learn more about Rob Thorne on his official website.

🧶 What wool you be doing this World Wide Knit in Public Day?

Visit the Library during June to see its 🐑 woolly makeover!

Join us on Saturday, June 12 as we celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day: a day for knitters of all ages and skill levels to get together!

Come to the library and meet other knitters, there will be spare wool and needles if you would like to learn to knit. Tea and coffee will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch and knit and chat over lunch!

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What is World Wide Knit in Public Day?

World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you.

Who knows you might even bump into your neighbor! Consider this a spark, to ignite a fire; getting all of the closeted knitters out into fresh air.