Te Takarangi by Dunedin Public Libraries

Exhibitions | Whakakiteka

Te Takarangi – Celebrating Māori scholarhip, mātauranga and academic excellence

Te Takarangi is an acknowledgement and celebration of Māori-led scholarship and writing across time and genres. The collection of 150 non-fiction publications provides an overview of some of the most important Māori leaders, thinkers and authors of our time.

From the first book published about the Māori language in 1815, to current Māori scholars, researchers and writers making their mark, Te Takarangi is something we can all celebrate. A joint collaboration between Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and the Royal Society Te Apārangi, Te Takarangi provides a glimpse into the rich publishing history of Māori-led-non-fiction work, with a particular focus on the later years as the growing publication of Māori research has blossomed. It acknowledges the mātauranga and inspirational Māori voices that shape and inform our scholarly debate in Aotearoa New Zealand.

2nd - 31st July 2021
Ground Floor
Dunedin City Library

The Reed Gallery Exhibition - Seasons of Summers: New Zealand’s Queen of Romance

A celebration of New Zealand’s prolific and internationally read author, Essie Summers.

The Reed Gallery exhibition showcases all 56 of Essie Summers’ novels, together with fascinating archival items on loan to the Library from descendants of Essie Summers. These items have not been exhibited before and include photographs, correspondence, typescripts, prizewinning poetry, and collected verse. The display includes two original paintings by the author’s husband depicting alpine and Central Otago scenery, which featured significantly in a number of Summers’ novels.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the unveiling on 8 May 2021 of a new plaque commemorating Essie Summers on the Dunedin Writers Walk.

7 May - 29 August 2021
Reed Gallery

Birds 'n Words: a poetryinmotion exhibition curated by Ruth Arnison

Dunedin Public Libraries are proud to be hosting an exhibition of photographs and poetry. Photographer Simone Jackson's photos inspired Jenny Powell and Kay McKenzie Cooke to create poetic responses.

Simone Jackson is a professional photographer specializing in weddings, natural light portraiture, commercial and fine art nature. She owns and operates her commercial window cleaning business, but is happiest capturing the creative beauty of the Otago Peninsula.

Kay McKenzie Cooke is a Dunedin poet who cannot stop herself writing poems about birds. She has had four books of poetry published and one novel, all of which at some point refer to birds.

Jenny Powell has written seven individual and two collaborative collections of poems.

She enjoys performing and has written two multi-media collaborative performance pieces. Her latest collection of poems, Meeting Rita, will be published by Cold Hub Press in 2021.

Ground Floor Living Hub, Dunedin City Library
throughout July