He Tohu Birthday Celebration

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 2:45pm

  • Date: Saturday, 19 May, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am to 2:30pm
  • Cost: Free. No bookings required.
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
  • Contact Details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Come join us for whānau day festivities and celebrate New Zealand at the National Library.

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine

Entertainment, arts and craft

Enjoy contemporary music in te reo, hip hop, kapa haka, Pasifika music, storytelling and 3-D printing plus lots more. Be creative with arts and craft spaces for all ages.

Watch and enjoy:

10:00am to 10:15am — Kapa haka

10:15 to 10:35 am — Taita College Barbershop group

10:35am to 11:05am — Feisty Feckin' Full Time Feminists — Union and Suffrage songs

11:05am to 11:25am — PrimaVolta

11:25am to 11:35am — Wananga o Aotearoa. Dance and kapa haka

11:45am to 12:25pm — Sianne Dougherty and band

12:35pm to 12:55pm — Projekt Team Hip Hop

1:00pm to 1:45pm — Ariana Tikao and Alister Fraser (Taonga Puoro)

1:45pm to 1:50pm — Extreme Dance — Kids Hiphop

2:00pm to 2:20pm — Whitireia Performing Arts Dance troupe Wananga o Aotearoa

Interesting talks

Learn about the 3 documents that shaped Aotearoa in our speaker series or take a tour of He Tohu in either te reo or English throughout the day.

Hear these fantastic speakers:

10:10am to 10:20am — Treaty 101 with Peter Adds

10:30am to 10:50am — People of the Treaty, Treaty biographies with Claudia Orange

11:00am to 11:40am — Stories of the Suffragists and Digital NZ ‘stories demonstration with Stefanie Lash / Thomasin Sleigh

11:55am to 12:20pm — Conservation 101 with Vicki-Anne Heikell

1:00pm to 1:20pm — How far have we really come? Women in 2018 with Vanisa Dhiru

1:35pm to 1:45pm — Mana wahine and Te reo essays with Nadine Anne Hura (Miller)

2:00 to 2:20pm — Making Change! Contemporary Political action with Laura O’Connell Rapira, ActionStation

More about the He Tohu exhibition

Our other great exhibitions

While you’re here visit the Topp Twins and Islands in Time exhibitions and have some Kiwi kai.

Free events with something for everyone

There’ll be something for everyone! Can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Events are all free and will be in the amazing Te Ahumairangi space on the ground floor of the National Library and upstairs at the Alexander Turnbull Library.