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AdLib - Puke Ariki Library Festival Featured Event
Fri, 22 June 2018
Puke Ariki's first ever literary festival celebrates libraries, liberty and literature. Puke Ariki is going all out with a tightly packed festival, super squished with fun. Brighten up on this fat solstice...
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Zine Making Workshop
Fri, 22 June 2018
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....
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Word Weaving Workshop with Mandy Hager
Fri, 22 June 2018
Develop some fabulously creative writing skills from one of New Zealand’s best writers of young adult and adult fiction. Suitable for adults or mature teens, over 14 years old. Bookings essential. For...
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Book Repair & Care Workshop
Fri, 22 June 2018
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...
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Digi-tools
Fri, 22 June 2018
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...
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Digi-tools
Fri, 22 June 2018
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...
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AdLib - Puke Ariki Library Festival Featured Event
Sat, 23 June 2018
Puke Ariki's first ever literary festival celebrates libraries, liberty and literature. Puke Ariki is going all out with a tightly packed festival, super squished with fun. Brighten up on this fat solstice...
Direct filmmaking workshop with artist Jodie Mack
Sat, 23 June 2018
Ages 12+ | Entry by donation Booking essential | 15 seats max. If you missed out on Steve Cossman’s workshop earlier this month, now’s your chance to get experimental like Len Lye and the artists in the...
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Word Weaving Workshop with Mandy Hager
Sat, 23 June 2018
Develop some fabulously creative writing skills from one of New Zealand’s best writers of young adult and adult fiction. Suitable for adults and for mature teens, 14 years and up. Bookings essential.Bookings:...
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Write Rhyme with Helen Griffiths
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Write Rhyme with Helen Griffiths
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Write Rhyme with Helen Griffiths
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Cool Tooning Workshop with James Davidson
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Cool Tooning Workshop with James Davidson
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Open Books: An Insider’s View
Sat, 23 June 2018
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.This event is part of the...
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Book Repair & Care Workshop
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Digi-tools
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Digi-tools
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Readings with Michele Leggott
Sat, 23 June 2018
Join Michele Leggott to hear a selection of her award-winning poetry. 
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KidLit - Writing for Kids
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Play the Game
Sat, 23 June 2018
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....
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The Curious Case of Writing a Book
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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Digging Deeper - Genealogy
Sat, 23 June 2018
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...
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AdLib - Puke Ariki Library Festival Featured Event
Sun, 24 June 2018
Puke Ariki's first ever literary festival celebrates libraries, liberty and literature. Puke Ariki is going all out with a tightly packed festival, super squished with fun. Brighten up on this fat solstice...
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Cool Tooning Workshop with James Davidson
Sun, 24 June 2018
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...
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Lifting the Lux
Sun, 24 June 2018
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...
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Book Repair & Care Workshop
Sun, 24 June 2018
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...
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Digi-tools
Sun, 24 June 2018
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...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 27 June 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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The Maori Sidesteps
Thu, 28 June 2018
Coming to New Plymouth as part of the Right Royal Cabaret Festival, The Māori Sidesteps are a contemporary Māori showband. Putting their own political spin on well-known songs, their soulful harmonies...
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See it in the City Ice Skating
Thu, 28 June - Sun, 15 July 2018
See it in the City is bringing some flair and fun to New Plymouth’s CBD this winter with an artificial ice skating rink for all to enjoy. Housed in a marquee of lights and featuring an upbeat sound system,...
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Monica Brewster Evening- Luciano Chessa
Thu, 28 June 2018
All welcome I Refreshments provided Booking essential at govettbrewster.com/events For a different kind of evening, join us in meeting world-renowned musicologist Luciano Chessa – Italian audiovisual...
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NZSO presents Mozart & Beethoven
Sat, 30 June 2018
GARETH FARR He iwi tahi tātou MOZART Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 JIMMY LOPEZ Fiesta! BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 Mozart’s captivating Bassoon Concerto is the most famous...
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Teen Programme: Bored? Game!
Sun, 1 July 2018
Come to the library and join the board game revolution. Test your skills and learn some new games on the first Sunday of every month.  
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 4 July 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Waitara Crackerjacks
Wed, 4 July 2018
It’s never too early to get hooked on books. Bring your pre-schoolers for a rhyme, song, and story!
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He Kura E Huna Ana
Thu, 5 July 2018
Acclaimed Te reo Māori production He Kura E Huna Ana is touring the North Island for the first time in 2018. Drawn from traditional Ngāti Waewae kōrero, He Kura E Huna Ana tells of the origins of pounamu...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 11 July 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Permian Monsters: Palaeontology experience
Wed, 11 July 2018
This is your chance to wear your best adventurer outfit. Learn more about fossils, palaeontology, and the science behind the discovery of million year old creatures! Spaces are limited and bookings are...
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Permian Monsters: Palaeontology experience
Wed, 11 July 2018
This is your chance to wear your best adventurer outfit. Learn more about fossils, palaeontology, and the science behind the discovery of million year old creatures! Spaces are limited and bookings are...
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Winter Pastimes
Thu, 12 July 2018
Fill in a wet winter’s day by joining us to make old-school board games. Bookings are essential and are limited to 15 spaces. Call 06-759 6060 or pop in to reserve a space. Suitable for ages 5 - 10. Children,...
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Te Korekore: A Performance for Puanga
Mon, 16 July 2018
Puoro Taiwhanga Aotearoa (CMNZ) presents a Puanga inspired show! This multi-disciplinary and multi-genre performance weaves the traditional story of Tinirau and Kae with video art, storytelling, contemporary...
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Winter Lego Wonderland
Tue, 17 July 2018
Create your own Winter Wonderland with Lego these school holidays. Bookings are essential and are limited to 15 spaces. Call 06-759 6060 or pop in to reserve a space. Suitable for ages 5 - 10. Children,...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 18 July 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Recycled Robots
Thu, 19 July 2018
Help us reuse and recycle! Create eco-bots using Puke Ariki’s recycling. BYO any extra resources you’d like to add.   Bookings are essential and are limited to 15 spaces. Call 06-759 6060 or pop in to...
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Water And Us: Puke Ariki Talk with Anthony Wilson
Wed, 25 July 2018
Water is an important resource and a highly contested current issue. With recent events here in New Plymouth, events in Havelock North, and the water crisis in South Africa, this is a topic foremost in...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 25 July 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Les Miserables
Thu, 26 July - Sat, 11 August 2018
The Time. Is Now. The Day. Is Here. A quarter of a century since first being staged in New Zealand, the world’s favourite musical returns with this brand new production for a whole new generation. New...
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Chamber Music New Zealand presents The Klara Kollektiv
Mon, 30 July 2018
In Swedish, the term “klara” means to clarify. Playing music of crystalline radiance, The Klara Kollektiv is an exciting new ensemble. Established in 2016 as an extension of the Darlecarlia Clarinet Quintet,...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 1 August 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Waitara Crackerjacks
Wed, 1 August 2018
It’s never too early to get hooked on books. Bring your pre-schoolers for a rhyme, song, and story!
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Permian Monsters: Paleoartistry with Julius Csotonyi
Sun, 5 August 2018
International paleoartist Julius Csotonyi, will be visiting Puke Ariki to chat with guests on how his scientific background has impelled him to strive to restore as realistically as possible the curiously...
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Teen Programme: Bored? Game!
Sun, 5 August 2018
Come to the library and join the board game revolution. Test your skills and learn some new games on the first Sunday of every month.  
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 8 August 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Storylines Story Tour - Taranaki
Wed, 8 August 2018
Join us for a free seminar evening for adults, parents, teachers, librarians and anyone interested in ensuring young people’s love of reading is encouraged! Keep this night free to hear authors talk about...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 15 August 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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The Bootleg Beach Boys
Sat, 18 August 2018
A fully costumed show that takes you right from the very beginning of The Beach Boys and through their career will feature classic hits and cult favourites from California's most famous band. From surf...
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Kelvin Cruickshank
Sun, 19 August 2018
With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2’s award winning series ‘Sensing Murder’, Kelvin has literally been swamped with people wanting to see him. Passing on messages from people who have died...
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Chamber Music New Zealand presents Ensemble Zefiro
Wed, 22 August 2018
The extraordinary colours of 17th and 18th century woodwind instruments have lent Italy’s Ensemble Zefiro a cult following. Founded by Maestri dei legni, Alfredo Bernadini and Alberto Grazzi, this period-instrument...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 22 August 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Permian Monsters: Low sensory experience
Wed, 29 August 2018
Experience Life Before the Dinosaurs, without the noise. Our Permian Monsters exhibition will be a quiet space every Wednesday evening. This is an opportunity for those that wish to check out the exhibition,...
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Waitara Crackerjacks
Wed, 5 September 2018
It’s never too early to get hooked on books. Bring your pre-schoolers for a rhyme, song, and story!
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Arj Barker: Organic
Tue, 11 September 2018
As always, I start with the finest free-range topics, nurture them until they're brimming with wholesome hilarity, and ready for the tellin'. Remember, my cruelty-free jokes are ALWAYS tested on animals,...
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Bill Bailey - Earl of Whimsy Featured Event
Thu, 27 September 2018
After the 2016 sell-out tour, Larks in Transit, the UK’s very own straggle-haired polymath, Bill Bailey, returns to New Zealand with his new comedy and music extravaganza, Earl of Whimsy. It has Bill’s...
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The Cat in the Hat
Wed, 3 October 2018
Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. In 1957, Theodor Seuss Geisel used this formula and only 200 words to write his second children’s book as Dr. Seuss. More than...
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Air Play
Thu, 4 October 2018
Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and the biggest...
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Postmodern Jukebox
Sat, 6 October 2018
BRINGING THEIR VINTAGE TWIST ON MODERN POP SONGS BACK TO FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY! New Zealand loves Postmodern Jukebox! Following three successful tours in as many years, the multi-talented collective...
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Chamber Music New Zealand presents Piers Lane & Hiroshi Ikematsu
Tue, 9 October 2018
Try googling “the ten most popular chamber music works of all time”. There are lots of lists but you’ll find Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet is on every one of them and it justly forms the centrepiece of this...
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Oh What A Night!
Sat, 13 October 2018
"The Boys Are Back" for their fourth New Zealand tour this October! Returning from Las Vegas, and incredible sold out concerts around the world, Oh What A Night! is the kind of evening that has toes tapping...
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A Russian Triple Bill
Wed, 7 November 2018
Following their sell-out performances of A Festival of Russian Ballet, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to New Zealand with A Russian Triple Bill. This is the first time that the company have...
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The ABBA Show: ABBAsolutely fABBAulous
Fri, 30 November 2018
Direct from Australia, and following more than 5000 international shows, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute – The ABBA Show – is coming to town! Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show...

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