Plenty of affordable fun on Friday, with a book fair, an architecture exhibition, and celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori through reading, singing and film.
The Karori Lions Club and Rotary are holding a Bookfair on Friday and Saturday at the Karori Baptist Church Hall, Marsden Village, Karori Road from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, a popular fund-raising event which helps both organisations undertake valuable community projects.
At This Stage, an exhibition by Other Architects, Sydney, has its opening night tonight in the Atrium at Victoria University of Wellington. Hosted by NZIA, the exhibition takes place at a critical stage in the work of Other Architects (below), who are moving from temporary installations at architectural scale to several larger projects, including a pair of cemetery pavilions, a country house and an apartment building. The exhibition is a platform for speculation on how framing, enclosure and informality will translate to permanent buildings. This is a free event, starting at 5:30pm, however registration is encouraged. The exhibition continues until Sunday 23 September at 5:00pm.
Photo by Peter Bennetts
In Situ: Writers Reading in and About Place is a free evening of live readings timed to coincide with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week. Writer and art theorist Cassandra Barnett will moderate the evening, and has organised the readings around the current exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, The Earth Looks Upon Us / Ko Papatūānuku te matua o te tangata. Four talented women will be reading: Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Raukawa-ki-Te-Tonga, Kāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa, Ngāi Te Rangi), author of Poroporoaki to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Dolorosa (Seraph Press, 2016); poet and short story author Arihia Latham (Ngāi Tahu, Kāi Tahu); singer, songwriter and storyteller Te Kahureremoa Taumata (Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa); and Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Porou), who recently published her first collection of verse, Poūkahangatus ,though Victoria University Press. Refreshments are provided for the event, which runs from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Adam Art Gallery, Gate 3, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade.
On Monday, Mouthfull Productions held a free waiata session to launch Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, and it went so well they are doing it again. From 6:00pm to 8:00pm tonight at the Mouthfull Space on Clyde Quay Wharf, there will be a warm, cosy candlelit acoustic session as a haere rā to Māori Language Week. Bring your own instruments – or just your voice – and let Dr Reknaw guide the group on a journey through different delicious waiata. Koha entry.
Waru (above) was the most celebrated New Zealand movie of 2017: eight scenes of around ten minutes duration, created by separate Māori women directors, adding up to a portrait of the events surrounding the tangi of a young child (88 mins; M, Violence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb). Graeme Tuckett at Stuff called it “beautiful, bold, gorgeously well made and utterly essential to any understanding or appreciation of New Zealand film-making and this country as it exists today.” As part of its celebration of Suffrage 125 with a month-long programme of films with a female-led focus, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 4 Taranaki Street, will be screening Waru three times, starting tonight at from 7:00pm to 8:30pm (and at the same time on 19 and 22 September). Tickets are $10:25.