Although the Central Library, Community Living Rooms and the Mobile bus will all be closed on February 6th, we are hosting a wide range of events and activities to recognise Waitangi Day.
Youth Space in Coleman Mall has a full week of events kicking off on Monday 29 January where youth can learn more about the timeline around the Treaty of Waitangi. Mid-week afternoons bring creativity and guidance to create Treaty of Waitangi artwork, traditional Māori weaving and Māori poi. A display of Māori art on Friday showcases local artist’s works and will tell their stories about how they brought their ideas to life.
The main event at Youth Space is the pre-Waitangi Day celebration on Saturday 3 February. You can be sure to come across a range of delicious Māori food, traditional Māori crafts, moko face painting, performance and more at this free, all ages event.
“We will have a lot to offer at this celebration, which is open to all ages, local community, family and whanau,” says Lakina Sione, PNCC Youth Services Coordinator. “We are building a cultural and art display on stage which will include a traditional family home that would have been found in an 1860’s Māori village.”
A fun and educational day of activities for the whole family is being held on Saturday 3 February in the Central Library. Waitangi! E Ara E! is on at Event Central from 10am – 4pm. Tamariki 12 years and under can make a Harakeke (flax) paint brush, use a brush to paint and enter a colouring competition to be into win some prizes.
Over the lunch period, ‘Toi Meets Technology’ presents an opportunity to watch an artist create a visual display of Māori inspired simulation using virtual reality. Then join us to make your own vinyl sticker from a selection of Māori themed designs and templates.
You can also view a demonstration of traditional Māori instruments and children can decorate and take home their own porotiti (humming disc).
The day is concluded with a free screening of the award winning movie, “Boy”.
On Thursday 1 February, Palmerston North City Library is hosting ‘The Treaty on the Ground’ panel discussion which includes Dr Rachael Bell, Prof Michael Belgrave and Dr Peter Meihana, Margaret Kawharu and Dr Kim Workman discussing where we are headed and why it matters. The event is being held at Central Library’s Events Central, 6.30pm – 8pm.
“It is a big deal getting all four contributors to this amazing and recently released Massey Press publication,” says Elise Goodge, PNCC Programmes Team Leader.
If that isn’t enough, Roslyn Library is also holding an Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi and a Harakeke (flax) craft workshop on Friday 2 February.
All of the programme’s events are free. To find out more, check out our Waitangi Programme page here.
Nau Mai, Haere Mai!