In the week ahead, Te Aka Mauri will be celebrating its first birthday with a 5 day celebration beginning on Tuesday 29 January and finishing on Sunday 3 February. Each day will have a different focus although there will be some shared threads throughout.
TUESDAY 29 JANUARY begins with Hono Whakamana Day. There will be Ngā Pūrakau o Te Arawa (Te Arawa stories), Ngā Kemu Māori (early games of Te Arawa), He Pī Ka Rere) (preschool programme), Maori maps and Maori Land Online database workshops, Maori Artwork Demonstrations , documentary films paying homage to Te Arawa koeke/kaumatua, a Maori focused library tour, Mirimiri ( Maori massage) and a Kapa Haka performance in the Jean Batten Park
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY is Technology Day. Come along to the Makerspace where there will be opportunities for teachers and students to see the education programmes on offer and to try out coding, robotics, and the cool stuff the children come here to do with their classes. SeniorNet will be available, there will be a talk and opportunity to experience Virtual Reality, Nigel Ward will speak on Cartooning and Te Waka Pounamu ( the Mobile Learning Centre van) will be in the Jean Batten Square.
THURSDAY 31 JANUARY, Health Day. Te Aka Mauri is a space shared by both the library and children’s health services. Come and see how these 2 services work together. There will be tours of the Health Hub and the oral health and ear vans will be on site to do free check-ups for children. Play specialists will exhibit and there will be presentations on Maori health and a healthy eating demonstration. Check out the Brave Heart Exhibition in the Jean Batten Square as well.
FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY is Heritage and Research Day. There will be a screening of an edited version of Kerry Fowler's documentary on the 125 years of the history of the library, an Ancestry database workshop and “The Library that was” tours of how the library used to be laid out. A panel of wahine from Ohinemutu will share and there'll an opportunity to share your memories of Rotorua Library. There’ll also be a quiz available all week covering all areas of Te Aka Mauri.
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY, Community Day will feature Trilingual NZ storytelling, an interactive play Goldisnowrellahood, and Bay Pride Rotorua will celebrate diversity and togetherness. Multicultural activities will be taking place….
SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY is our final day of celebrations and it’s finishing up with a Whanau Day. Come along and learn to play old fashioned games, indulge in face painting and enter the paper plane making contest. The day will finish with a family movie in the Discovery Space.
Click here for the full programme, watch out on our Facebook page for updates but do make sure that you manage to pop in some time during the week and join the celebration!