Holiday Programmes

Holiday programmes

July School Holiday Programme

Join us in celebration of Matariki. There are three ways you can join in the fun;

  • visit our special Matariki website (launching 21 June)
  • come in to any library to grab an activity bag to take home, or
  • book in for one of our school holiday sessions detailed below.

Over at our Matariki website you’ll find a wide range of resources including, links, recipes, and activities. There is always something new to see, with content changing weekly. The website goes live from Sunday 21 June.

Don’t have time to stay for an activity? You can pick up an activity grab bag to take away with you! Each library will have a variety of activity bags to take home and create Matariki crafts. Stocks are limited, and will be put out gradually throughout the school holidays.
 

School Holiday Sessions

*New addition to holiday programme*

Illustration Workshop **SOLD OUT**

  • Thursday, 16 July from 1-3pm.
  • Suitable for ages 9-12 years.

BOOK HERE

Bring a photo of your pet (or other animal), find out how to draw it and add it to our pet show mural.

Ruth Paul will be the virtual tutor for this programme. Ruth has illustrated many picture books including Mini Whinny: Goody Four-Shoes by Stacy Gregg—one of the finalists in the picture book section of this year's New Zealand Children's Book Awards.

This is a Books Alive event run in conjunction with LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) and the New Zealand Children's Book Awards. The session will be videoed and brief videos of your child and/or their work may be posted on the LIANZA Facebook page. Booking for this activity implies consent for this.
 

Matariki Greenscreen Drop-in Sessions

Have trouble spotting Matariki in the night sky? Cheat a little and be a ‘pro’ astrologer with the help of our digital specialists and a greenscreen. This activity takes just minutes, so there’s no need to book—just come in at any time between 2-4pm on the following days:

  • Monday, 6 July at Tauranga Library, from 2-4pm
  • Thursday, 9 July at Greerton Library, from 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, 15 July at Mount Maunganui Library, from 2-4pm
  • Thursday, 16 July at Pāpāmoa Library, from 2-4pm

This activity is suitable for all ages.

 

The following sessions need to be booked:

Manu Tukutuku **SOLD OUT**

Come and honour the star Ururangi and celebrate the dance of a manu tukutuku (kite) in the Matariki sky. Make your own manu tukutuku to take home. Some younger participants may need the help of an accompanying adult.

  • Monday, 6 July at Greerton Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Tuesday, 7 July at Pāpāmoa Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Wednesday, 8 July Greerton Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Thursday, 9 July Mount Maunganui Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE

This activity is suitable for all ages. Some younger participants may need accompanying adult assistance. Adults are required to remain with their children.

 

Huarere: Science **SOLD OUT**

Learn about the Matariki cluster and what the stars Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi represent. Play a game of Bingo to learn some Māori weather forecasting methods, hear a story, and get crafty with three different activities: a coloured rain cloud experiment, growing plants in paper, and making a constellation projector to take home.

  • Wednesday, 8 July Tauranga Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Thursday, 9 July Tauranga Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Friday, 10 July Pāpāmoa Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE

This activity is suitable for all ages. Some younger participants may need accompanying adult assistance. Adults are required to remain with their children.

 

Waka hourua: Double Hulled Canoe **SOLD OUT**

Build a double hulled waka with a modern twist! Learn a little about the traditional navigation process! Like how Māori navigators used ‘Te kapehu whetū’ (the Māori star compass), which divides the 360 degrees around a canoe in the open ocean into different whare (houses), to keep their canoe on course.

Then modernise your waka with a motor! Did you know that many of the current waka now have motors on them to offer more control in and around the harbour?

  • Monday, 6 July Tauranga Library, from 10am-12noon - BOOK HERE
  • Wednesday, 8 July Pāpāmoa Library, from 2-4pm - BOOK HERE
  • Thursday, 16 July Greerton Library, from 10am-12noon - BOOK HERE

This activity is suitable for ages 9-14 years.

 

Story, Stars and Taniko **SOLD OUT**

Look at our stars in the Matariki cluster. Join is for a book and look at kai in the story. Taniko-cross stitch or long stitch on hessian in the shape of koru (piko piko) or matariki stars. Get a word game to take home and turn into a memory game.

  • Monday, 13 July Tauranga Library, from 10-11am - BOOK HERE
  • Tuesday, 14 July Pāpāmoa Library, from 10-11am - BOOK HERE
  • Thursday, 16 July Mount Maunganui Library, from 10-11am - BOOK HERE
  • Friday, 17 July Greerton Library, from 10-11am - BOOK HERE

This activity is suitable for all ages. Some younger participants may need accompanying adult assistance. Adults are required to remain with their children.

 

Kumara Cultivation **SOLD OUT**

Tupu-a-nuku, is the star connected with anything that grows within the soil to be harvested or gathered for food. Join us to hear the story of how kumara came to Aotearoa, learn how to grow kumara and take your own piece of kumara to grow at home.

  • Monday, 13 July Mount Maunganui Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Wednesday, 15 July Greerton Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Thursday, 16 July Tauranga Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE
  • Friday, 17 July Pāpāmoa Library, from 10-11:30am - BOOK HERE

This activity is suitable for all ages. Some younger participants may need accompanying adult assistance. Adults are required to remain with their children.


Last Reviewed: 02/07/2020
 

 
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