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Cultural Diversity Awareness Month – March 2021

Children’s Events

Children’s Day Celebration - Harakeke with Aroha 

In celebration of Children’s Day, Aroha will be sharing a Harakeke weaving activity for children 5 and up. All whanau are welcome to participate, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Younger children may require adult assistance. Bookings are not required.

Tauranga Library 
Sunday, 7 March from 10:30am-12pm 


Punjabi Toddler Time with Pushpinder 

Join us for a half-hour of stories and songs in Punjabi and English for under-fives. 
Bookings are not required, all are welcome.

Pāpāmoa Library
Wednesday, 10 March from 10.30-11am


Chinese Toddler Time with Olivia 

Join us for a special Chinese/English toddler time. Olivia will teach you to sing in Mandarin 
and make a fantastic craft. This session is for under-fives with adult participation encouraged. Bookings are not required, all welcome.

Pāpāmoa Library
Wednesday, 31 March from 10.30-11am


Iti Pounamu with Aroha 

Join Aroha for stories and songs in Te Reo Māori for under-fives. 
Note: these sessions are in addition to our regularly scheduled Iti Pounamu sessions. Bookings are not required, all welcome. 

Greerton Library
Tuesday, 9 March from 11-11:30am

Tauranga Library
Thursday, 18 March from 11-11:30am

Mount Maunganui Library
Wednesday, 24 March from 11-11:30am 

Pāpāmoa Library
Thursday, 25 March from 11-11:30am 

Adult’s Event

Cultural Conversations

Tauranga Library
Wednesday, 24 March from 6-8pm

Speakers: Saima Hussain Anis, Song Lam

Join us at Tauranga Library to hear about two women’s immigrant stories: the challenges, the learnings and the celebrations.  

In celebration of Cultural Diversity Awareness Month, Saima Hussain Anis and Song Lam will be talking about their personal experiences and sharing a unique perspective of embracing their own voice and diversity living in New Zealand. 

There will be Q&A time with the speakers and refreshments afterwards.

Please let us know you’re coming by registering for free here.

Speaker Bios:

Song Lam is a published author and a former teacher who has embraced Māori culture, studying at University and writing of her experiences blending her Chinese culture that of her adopted country, New Zealand. She’s passionate about education and started a voluntary group helping new immigrants with their English. Her services to the community were nationally recognised with a Queen's Service Medal in 2006.

Saima Hussain Anis is a Muslim Kiwi and a global citizen who loves to share her story about learning through four generations of peace, strife and tolerance. She believes each of us holds the key to changing mindsets and that we can use Christchurch terror attack to rise above tragedy, sharing healing and peace.

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Posted: Feb 23, 2021,
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