The spectacular Nikki Slade Robinson and Mandy Hager are each launching a new book! Join us in celebrating and congratulating them. Buy yourself (or a special someone) a personally signed copy.
Titles: Muddle and Mo’s Rainy Day, by Nikki Slade Robinson and Ash Arising (Sequel to The Nature of Ash), by Mandy Hager.
You’re locked in the formidable Madame Pince’s office in the Hogwarts Library with only one hour to escape before she returns! Find the clues and solve the puzzles to uncover the secret spell that will unlock her magic door.
Get a team together of 2-5 witches and wizards aged 14 years and over. Each witch and wizard can only attempt the challenge once. Send us an owl (or give us a call) to book in your team. Sessions start at 9am each day and run for 1 hour with a 10 minute break between each session.
Get hands on. Learn how to repair the tattered covers and fluttering pages of your old favourites with our knowledgeable library staff. This workshop will teach you basic book covering to protect your books. Please bring a book to practice on.
Come along to discover some cool cartooning techniques and design your own comic strip with local artist and author James Davidson! Suitable for 10 - 14 year olds. Bookings essential. Only 15 tooners per session.
Author: James Davidson
Follow your curiosity up to level 2 and sharpen up your research skills with a guided tour of the resources you can use to explore your family history and whakapapa. Some of the resources we hold are unique to our Research Centre – find out what they are and how to use them!
Follow your curiosity up to level 2 and sharpen up your research skills with a guided tour of the resources you can use to explore the Taranaki Land Wars. Some of the resources we hold are unique to our Research Centre – find out what they are and how to use them!
There is a wealth of information available that you won’t see on the library shelves. Nerdy up with Puke Ariki’s Tech Teams, learn tips to speedily find what you are looking for in our collections and beyond. Your library without walls is available 24/7, right when you need it.
BYO device for extra practice
David Hill, Elizabeth Smither, Michele Leggott, Helen Griffiths, Melissa Browne. They’re five phenomenal poets doing their thang for five minutes each. What more do you need? Follow it up with 3-2-1 Book Launch from 5.30pm!
Join an open forum to chat about the future of technology, including everything digital and electronic. Where is our world heading? No topic too big or small. Come and discuss your ideas with a group of like-minded people.
Celebrate the closing of our inaugural festival and put a spark into a winter’s night with poetry and flash fiction. Hosted by the incomparable Missie Moffat, the mic will be open for anyone to share their work – just say the word.
Puke Ariki accepts responsibility for a warm welcome but BYO rug for a complete snuggly solstice experience.
Entries three minutes and under preferred. Get in touch beforehand or sign up before 5:15pm. Gold coin entry, all welcome.
MC: Missie Moffat
Join 10 year old twins Simon and Marcus, collectors of questions and KidLit consumers, as they grill children’s authors Nikki Slade Robinson, David Hill, Linley Wellington & Rebecca Beyer about the hows and whys of writing and illustrating for kids.
Come along to hear accurate, up-to-date practical advice on common legal issues, such as tenancy law/agreements or employment with New Plymouth Community Law.
Puke Ariki’s jewels of the calligraphers, illustrators and printers arts are generally kept safely tucked away out of the light to extend the life of their luminous colours. Lift your heart at this darkest time of year with a rare display of illuminated addresses, awards and acknowledgements from the dim past. Recommended for 12 years and up. Booking required. Maximum 15 participants.
Ever wondered what makes librarians tick? We say a lot more than ‘shhh!’ Be part of a convivial conversation about favourite books, writers and why we work in a public library.
Speakers: Puke Ariki’s Customer Support Team
Bring your friends or make some new ones, and join the board game revolution! Spend a wintry day where it’s warm. Choose from our collection of board games, play your old favourites or learn new ones. All ages warmly welcomed.
Join Elizabeth Smither, a local award-winning poet with an international reputation, for a two hour workshop on the art of writing poetry. Bookings essential. Maximum 12 participants.
Author: Elizabeth Smither
Join Linley Wellington and Rebecca Beyer for a fun activity and to hear their picture book Daniel’s Matariki Feast. It is Daniel's first day of school, he arrives to find the teacher and students involved in preparing for the Matariki/New Year's feast.
Authors: Linley Wellington and Rebecca Beyer
Change of guest speaker - Celebrate diversity and rainbow families at this colourful storytime presented by drag queens Erika and CoCo Flash. This is a fun event for children, families, and anyone who likes stories.
Local author, Elizabeth Smither, will be reading her poetry and other work.
Author: Elizabeth Smither
Join Michele Leggott to hear a selection of her award-winning poetry.
Author: Michele Leggott
New Plymouth’s founders faced storms, sickness and death. Driven by opportunity or desperation, they sailed from England and gambled everything. This talk will cover the scandals, drama and characters of New Plymouth’s early years - a pioneering period where nothing was truly settled.
Image credit: Puke Ariki, Untitled ["William Bryan"] (1841), Edwin Harris (A75.456)
Speaker: Andrew Moffat
Come and join author/illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson for a fun, feathery art activity! Draw a ruru (morepork), weta, or other critter on a big branch of Ruru’s tree. There’ll be plenty of feathers available to make your ruru look extra snuggly. Recommended for all ages!
Author Speaker: Nikki Slade Robinson
Ready to be wowed by storyteller extraordinaire Lesley Dowding? Experience a colourful and interactive storytelling session. Recommended for ages 10 and under.
Author: Lesley Dowding
Wanting to get published? We’re putting a publisher, an author and a bookshop manager under the spotlight. Learn from those who’ve been there, done that, and those who pass your books on. Bring your questions and find out how authors get published and noticed.
Come and listen to Mikaela Nyman read some of her short fiction, poetry and creative non-fictions. She is interested in "culture, identity and migration; how displacement and life experiences influence the behaviour of individuals and communities".
Author: Mikaela Nyman
Come and join author/illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson for a fun feathery art activity! Draw your very own little weka. There’ll be plenty of feathers available to make your weka look extra snuggly and lovable!
Suitable for 8 - 12 year olds.
Author: Nikki Slade Robinson
Develop some fabulously creative writing skills from one of New Zealand’s best writers of young adult and adult fiction. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Bookings essential.
Author: Mandy Hager
Come along to Helen’s workshops and learn how much fun poetry can be! Poetry is often overlooked and forgotten but raising children to know and love poetry will benefit them in school, their careers, relationships and day-to-day life. Poetry has the potential to open many doors. Bookings Essential.
10am - 10.45am session is suitable for 3 – 5 year olds with caregivers.
12.30pm – 1.30pm session is suitable for 5 – 7 year olds with caregivers.
2.30pm – 4pm session is suitable for 8 – 12 year olds
Author: Helen Griffiths
Learn how to make and self-publish your own small book. Bring any art, poems, stories or ideas you would like to use. Try out some great arty techniques. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Bookings essential.