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This page contains information about Whangarei Libraries who will be launching its annual public talk series this month.
Updated: 11/10/2017 12:00 a.m.

​Whangarei Libraries is about to launch its annual three-part public talk series: Spring into Summer. This year’s series celebrates aspects of our uniquely beautiful Northland, including its fascinating geography, intriguing history and our innovative wildlife conservationists.

The Spring into Summer series begins on Thursday 12 October 5.30pm, at Whangarei Central Library. Award winning geoscientist Dr Bruce Hayward will present an illustrated discussion and book-launch of his latest publication, Out of the Ocean into the Fire. 

Dr Hayward will outline the fascinating and dynamic geological history of the formation of Northland, which includes the most violent and diverse volcanic activity to occur in any region of this size globally.  Audience question-time will follow this discussion and signed copies of his book will be available for purchase or perusal on the evening.

The second talk in the series takes place on Wednesday 25 October 5.30pm, at Whangarei Central Library. Authors Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins will present an intriguing conversation about their new book, Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds. 

Come along and hear about the captivating travels of Tuai, a young Ngare Raumati chief from the Bay of Islands, who sets off on an adventure to England in 1817. This is a remarkable story about one of the first Māori travellers to Europe, outlining some of his experiences and revealing his plans upon returning to Aotearoa. Audience question-time will follow this discussion and signed copies of Tuai are available for purchase on the evening.

The final talk in this series All About our Kiwi Coast, commences on Wednesday 22 November 5.30pm at Whangarei Central Library.  Terrestrial ecologist and Kiwi Coast Coordinator Ngaire Tyson, presents this illustrated talk with long-time journalist/photographer Malcolm Pullman.

Ngaire will discuss the innovative conservation work of The Kiwi Coast organisation, which began four years ago as an initiative to save the remnant kiwi populations struggling to survive on private Northland land. What started as several small groups working to  control predators and educate the public about the threat to our unique native wildlife, has grown to become the country’s largest co-ordinated community pest-control project. Kiwi Coast provides a template for engaging people in conservation at multiple levels. Don’t miss this truly inspirational talk, or Malcolm Pullman’s exquisite wildlife photographs.

The Whangarei Libraries Spring Into Summer Public Talk series will take place at Whangarei Central Library’s May Bain Room at 5.30pm-7pm on the above dates.  Entry to each talk is by gold coin and registration is essential, as seating is limited. Please register at: 

For further information phone: 09 430 4206 or visit any branch of Whangarei Libraries. Visit the Whangarei Libraries' website.

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