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Communities of Readers Grant & Launch of Te Puna Foundation Gallery

On April 10, 2019 Te Puna Foundation hosted an event to open the new Te Puna Foundation Gallery and launch the Bird fancy exhibition, which is the first to be held in the new Gallery, formerly the Turnbull Room. In attendance was the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Tracey Martin who announced a $1 million Communities of Readers grant. The initiative will work with a small number of communities to strengthen reading engagement of young people, based on each community’s aspirations, strengths and identified needs. The ‘Communities of Readers’ initiative is also the first step towards the Library’s strategic goal of growing a nation of readers and builds on the National Library’s current role and services supporting literacy and learning in schools.

The ‘Communities of Readers’ will be funded through Te Puna Foundation, the National Library’s fundraising body, and will be led by the National Library of New Zealand.

Media Release

Images above: (1) Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Tracey Martin; (2) Kate De Goldi; (3) Hon Tracey Martin & Kate De Goldi; (4-9) Images new
Te Puna Foundation Gallery and the Bird fancy exhibition; (10) Hon Tracey Martin, Bill Macnaught & Peter Ireland; (11) Hon Tracey Martin & Bill Macnaught; (12) Tui Te Hau, Bill Macnaught, Hon Tracey Martin, Elizabeth Jones, Paul Atkins (Zealandia) & Kate De Goldi; (13) Image of attendees.

Photos taken by: Mark Beatty, Imaging Team, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand


Image: Bill Macnaught, Chair Te Puna Foundation (left) and John Meads, Chair ATL Endowment Trust (right)

Image: Bill Macnaught, Chair Te Puna Foundation (left) and John Meads, Chair ATL Endowment Trust (right)

ATL100 Exhibition Programme Blessing

Two major Turnbull Library exhibitions were given the green light this week, thanks to the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust (ATLET) and the Te Puna Foundation (TPF), which confirmed generous joint funding. John Meads, Chair of ATLET, and Bill Macnaught, Chair of TPF, spoke at a small ceremony to bless the work of the exhibition team members and a new collaborative planning space at the National Library in Wellington. The blessing was given by Watene Kaihau, and was followed by an overview from exhibition curators, Paul Diamond and Peter Ireland.

The exhibitions in the National Library Gallery will celebrate the ATL100 centenary. The first will open in September this year. Pūkana! (a working title) will take a dynamic look at the interplay between Māori and Western performing arts traditions. The second exhibition, due to open in June 2020, will highlight the Turnbull Library as a collection-house of other libraries, objects and talismans, all with personal, cultural and historical meanings; and the ways it has been shaped by their creators and donors