Te Aka Mauri Festival


Te Ahurei o Te Aka Mauri
Te Aka Mauri Festival

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 March 2021

Te Ahurei o Te Aka Mauri is an annual festival, which celebrates Te Aka Mauri as a place to gather, connect, read, learn, heal and be inspired, also celebrating the successes of the unique collaboration between the library and Children's Health Hub.

A number of events are taking place, with a strong focus on community connection, local stories and imaginative experiences. Preschoolers can learn robotics, adults can learn coding and we launch our first Craft Revival activity, this time teaching knitting. Martina Wineera, Community Learning Co-ordinator will lead a discussion about LinkedIn, the professional networking website that allows job seekers to post their CVs and employers to post jobs.

We are delighted to be hosting Chris Szekely, Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library for a panel discussion on the future of heritage libraries. Local researcher Ben Manley and Rotorua Library Heritage and Research Lead Ani Sharland will join him to discuss the changing nature of collections, research and services.

Multicultural Rotorua host their monthly Multicultural lunch this time celebrating the culture, traditions and food of Ira. In a special waiata mai, Clark Pirika gives some insight into the stories of the waiata, which we will then sing.

A number of drop in sessions will be available at the Children's Health Hub throughout the week particularly for parents wanting advice on their child's hearing, eczema or other skin condition and breastfeeding.

Rachael Bryant, Neurodevelopmental Therapist, will talk about what sensory overload looks like and provide some practical strategies for parents when their children may experience being under or over responsive to sensory input.

See all events below and come and join us:

Te toha kōrero paki - Sharing Stories

 Tours of Te Aka Mauri

If you want to find out about the significant areas of Te Aka Mauri and explore the research facilities, this tour is for you.

Monday, 22 March 2021 at 1-1:30pm and

Thursday, 25 March 2021 at 2-2:30pm

Meet at at the Library's main entrance

​Akona he mea hou - Learn something new

Coding for adults

Introduction to Code: Are you interested to learn more about coding and how to code? Join our Youth and
Early Learning team to learn the basics of code and create your first game. This programme is suitable for adults of all ages who are able to use a keyboard and mouse. 

Monday, 22 March 2021, 1:30-3pm in the iMac Suite on the 2nd Floor
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 1:30-3pm 


Preschool robotics

Our Digital Educator and Early Learning Team will take children aged 3 to 5 through how to use a simple robot and introduce them to the possibilities of what robots can do.

Friday, 26 March 2021 at 9am, 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am in the Children's Area
Book HERE 

Craft Revival

Join our Wacky Warmup members to learn how to knit - lessons for very beginners.

Saturday, 27 March 2021 - 1:30-3
on the Ground Floor


Ngā hononga - Connections

LinkedIn workshop

See how you can build a profile on this professional network and use this to create a CV and apply for jobs.
Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:30-11:30am in the Community Meeting Room, Ground Floor


Multicultural lunch – Iran

Come and find out more about the culture, traditions and food of Iran.

Thursday 25 March 2021, 12-1pm in the Community Pride Space, Ground Floor

Top Art exhibition

An annual touring exhibition of some of the visual arts portfolios that gained Excellence at NCEA Level 3. it is a great opportunity for secondary students and Rotorua Library visitors to see the high calibre required to achieve excellence or scholarship.  See the poster for more details. 

Monday 22 to Friday 26 March, 9am-5:30pm in the Discovery Space on the 2nd Floor


Love our Lakes photo competition - finalist exhibition

Checkout the finalists in the Rotorua Te Arawa Love our Lakes Programme photo competition and vote for a winner.
In Jean Batten Square
Monday 22 March - Tuesday 6 April


Why the days of heritage libraries are numbered

The Alexander Turnbull Library is 100 years old.  Turnbull Chief, Chris Szekely reflects on what it takes to care for collections in perpetuity and why the days of heritage libraries are numbered. He is joined by Ben Manley and Ani Sharland to discuss the changing nature of collections, research and services.

Tuesday 23 March - 11am-12pm
in Community Pride Space, Ground Floor

About the speakers

Chris Szekely has held the statutory position of Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library since 2007. He is a Fellow of the Library & Information Association of NZ Aotearoa, and a life member of Te Rōpū Whakahau, Māori Library & Information Professionals Association. He is also a children's author.

Ben Manley is Pūkenga Rangahau - Research Lead & Senior Advisor for Rotorua Lakes Council. He has previously worked the Ministry of Justice at the Māori Land Court, and as an historical researcher and writer for iwi where he carried out extensive research into the establishment of Rotorua township, including the Fenton Agreement. 

Ani Sharland is Rotorua Library's Heritage and Research Lead. She has worked in public libraries for 12 years and her current role for 6 years. She has over 20 years of research experience and is a member of the Library and Information Association of NZ Aotearoa.

Stories of Waiata with Clark Pirika

Learn the stories behind the waiata.  Join us in the Community Pride Space on 
Friday 26 March at 12:15pm to 1pm
Nau mai, haere mai


Kōrero ā-Hapori - Community Korero 

"Multicultural Kiwi - Love Thy Neighbour" - with Thomas George

Mr Thomas George is a very experienced Tourism and Hospitality Lecturer, having worked both in New Zealand and China.  Many students will remember Thomas from his time as Senior Lecturer and Programme Coordinator at Toi Oho Mai (previously Waiariki Institute of Technology) in Rotorua.  Come and enjoy this conversation with Thomas timed to fit within Neighbour's Day.
Friday, 26 March 2021 - 10-11am in Meeting Room 2 on the 2nd Floor


Paper Plane Making

To celebrate local hero Jean Batten the library will be host a paper plane making and throwing contest in Jean Batten Square.
Saturday, 27 March 2021, 10:30am-12pm

Followed by a family movie, 1:30-3pm in the Community Pride Space

Te Hauora Tamariki  Children's Health 

Stories of our senses with
Rachael Bryant

Registered Occupational Therapist, Rachael Bryant, will talk about our senses, what sensory overload looks like and some practical strategies for parents when their children may experience being under or over responsive to sensory input (our environment).
In the Children's Area, Ground Floor
No bookings required
                                                                                   Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 11:30am


Kia Wana – Lakes Baby Service drop-in clinic

Speak with lactation consultants at their breastfeeding drop-in. Check in at the Children's Health Hub reception.
Monday, 22 March 2021, 10am-2pm
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 10am-2pm


Eczema and Skin drop-in clinic

Pop in to see our eczema and skin nurse specialist.
Monday, 22 March 2021, 9am-12pm


Drop-in Ear clinic

Check in at the Children's Health Hub reception with any concerns about ear health.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 9am-12pm


National Travel Assistance information stand

Monday to Friday, 10:30-11am


Child Development Team information stand

Monday to Friday, 9-9:30 and 12-12:30pm

txtpēpi service information

Txtpēpi is a programme developed at Auckland in which parents can get support by text message, in English and te reo Māori during the first 2 years of their child's life. www.nihi.auckland.ac.nz/txtpepi

Some of the team from Whanau Ora will be at the information stage at times next week to talk to families about the service.  Monday to Friday

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