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  • Date: 24 July 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Prophet Rua Kenana's followers believed that God had revealed to him the presence of a large diamond on Tūhoe's sacred mountain, Maungapohatu. Jeff Sissions (Victoria University Wellington) explores this diamond's significance for Rua's movement and its vision of politicial and economic independence. 

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Part of the Deane Lectures series, presented in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide and supported by the Deane Endowment Trust.

  • Date: 20 May 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 2pm
  • Cost: Free

Following the popularity of Roger Walker's talk on Monday 15 May, City Gallery and NZIA Wellington Branch are thrilled to announce that the Gold Medal winner will deliver a second talk.


Winner of the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal, renowned Wellington architect Roger Walker talks about his work and life in architecture.

Few figures in the history of New Zealand Architecture are as synonymous with a place and time as is Roger Walker with Wellington in the 1960s and ‘70s. Roger’s buildings helped to define an era in New Zealand architecture and he is one of the few architects, along with Ian Athfield, to have received recognition in the wider culture.

  • Date: 10 May 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 6pm
  • Cost: Free

Architect Rana Haddad and artist and designer Pascal Hachem, both based in Beirut, talk about working in cities during a time of war, where architecture often becomes a temporary intervention in contested territory.

Haddad and Hachem say: 'We are the product of the war ... We choose to look at Beirut as it stands today: a city riddled with danger, yet ripe with potential. Learning to embrace whatsoever experience that comes to us.'

Haddad and Hachem are in Wellington on a residency hosted by public-art programme Letting Space. 

About the speakers
Rana Haddad, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, is an established architect. Pascal Hachem is an artist and designer. Their work responds to their everyday life experience and shifting conditions, culminating in temporary installations. Highly politicised, it takes on bold issues through provocative installations, objects and performances. After 20 years of experience within public institutions, they have been working in found public spaces in Turkey, Lebanon and Italy.

This talk is presented in partnership with Letting Space and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch.

  • Date: 8 July 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets

Introduced by Val Irwin, the film's male lead character.

To Love a Maori
1972, Dir. Ramai and Rudall Hayward, 1hr 43min, PG
To Love a Maori tells the story of Tama and Riki, two young men who leave their rural marae for Auckland and the racial discrimination they face once they arrive in the city. Intended as a dramatic documentary highlighting the problems and successes of Māori urban migration, the film portrays many of the social problems of the times. The film centres on the love story between Tama and Penny, a Pākehā student dancer whose parents strongly object to their association, and their struggle against the intolerance they encounter.

Screenings take place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets.

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide.

  • Date: 1 July 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Introduced by film historian Lawrence McDonald.

The Governor: Episode 6, To the Death
1977, Dir. Tony Isaac, 1hr 15min
The Governor is an epic, six-part TV docudrama on the life of George Grey, New Zealand’s early Governor, featuring laudanum, lechery and land confiscation. It cost a million dollars to make and, unusual for the time, featued Māori dialogue—often without subtitles. Auckland Star reviewer Barry Shaw trumpeted: ‘If Pākehā now have a better understanding of the Māori point of view ... it stems from The Governor.’

'To the Death' is the sixth and final episode in the series. Governor Grey's belief in New Zealand's future wavers as he looks back at his failure to make good on the contents of his former idealistic views. Grey decides to lead the fight against Premier Julius Vogel's proposal to abolish the provincial system that he had helped establish in 1852. In 1875 Grey was elected superintendent of Auckland province and also as Member of the House of Representatives for Auckland City West with the Liberal Party. His desire to protect Māori haunts him as Vogel's bill becomes reality. 

Screening takes place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets. 

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

  • Date: 24 June 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 4.30pm | At Ngā Taonga, corner of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets
  • Cost: Free

Following Laurence Simmons' talk responding to Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide at 2.30pm, he introduces Runaway at Ngā Taonga. Laurence Simmons is Professor of Film Studies at University of Auckland. 

Runaway
1964, Dir. John O’Shea, 1hr 42min
‘The intimate, daring drama of a young killer on the run and the women in his life!’ This thriller-cum-road-movie pits a moody ‘man alone’ against archetypal New Zealand landscapes. With Kiri Te Kanawa and Selwyn Muru.

'Though unmistakably sincere in its romantic vision of the tangata whenua and its commitment to alienated young manhood, the film's enduring impact is in O'Shea's manifest desire to synthesize and translate a head full of European cinema into the wide open spaces of New Zealand'—Bill Gosden, 31st Wellington Film Festival, 2002.

Part of a film programme exploring New Zealand race relations in the 1960s and 1970s. A joint project wth Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

  • Date: 22 May 2017
  • Time: Monday, 6pm
  • Cost: $40 / $35 Concession, Friends and Litcrawlers

Chris Kraus is author of I Love Dick, Aliens and Anorexia, and the recently re-released Torpor. The New Yorker says this of her novels: 'Taken together, Kraus’s books summon “contradictory, multiple perspectives” … they approach a recurring consciousness from different angles, dip into the trajectory of a life at different moments.’ The moments, the emotion and the perspectives explored through and across her writing include allusion and reflection on a migrant life in Wellington, where she graduated from Victoria University and had an early career as a journalist at the Sunday Times and Evening Post before leaving for New York to become an artist.

Author and artist Chris Kraus returns to Wellington for a one-off, intimate conversation about her life and work. She talks with Claire Murdoch, Leader, Product and Audience at Radio New Zealand and previously Publisher at Te Papa Press.

Refreshments served.

Presented in partnership with Auckland Writers Festival and Pirate & Queen.

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  • Date: 18 July 2017
  • Time: Tuesday, 10:30am
  • Cost: Free

Join us for a mid-morning tour of Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide in a baby-friendly environment for engaging with art. Gallery Babes is best suited to babies aged 0–12 months. 

Bookings essential.

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  • Date: 14 June 2017
  • Time: Wednesday, 10:30am
  • Cost: Free

Join us for a mid-morning tour of Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days in a baby-friendly environment for engaging with art. 

Gallery Babes is best suited to babies aged 0–12 months.

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  • Date: 1 July 2017
  • Time: Saturday, 3.30pm
  • Cost: Free

Specific cultural politics sustained McCahon’s painted engagement with Māori subjects in the late 1960s and 1970s. Pākehā art historian Damian Skinner asks what these artworks say to (and about) Pākehā as Aotearoa moves into a post-Treaty-settlement moment, and the dynamics of the relationship between Māori and Pākehā are once again on the move.

In association with Colin McCahon: On Going Out with the Tide

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