28 January 2019 - One year on and the two organisations working together in a unique collaboration are keen to celebrate the success of their first year as Te Aka Mauri Library and Children’s Health Hub with a free festival of events .
Six days of themed festivities beginning on Tuesday 29 January will showcase the many and varied products and services on offer.
Each day has a different focus such as Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), Technology, Health, Community, Heritage & Research and a Whanau Day.
The first day will be Hono Whakamana, celebrating the special connection of Te Arawa with Te Aka Mauri while also acknowledging the strong support around the two organisations which has proved to be a win-win for all involved. Local iwi, Council, the DHB, sponsors and supporters and of course the Rotorua community have all made valuable contributions to make Te Aka Mauri the success it is.
Guest speakers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, artists, performers and storytellers will entertain throughout the week.
Tours of the library and a quiz competition will be on offer. Residents are being asked to share their memories of the library which will be used in a display of library memorabilia.
Visitors will get the opportunity to see inside Te Waka Pounamu - the Mobile Learning Centre, the Mobile Library, inside Makerspace and the Childrens Health Hub.
Find out about traditional Maori health practices, rongoa, mirimiri, oral and ear services on Health Day.
Local specialists in digital applications, virtual reality and cartooning will give talks during Technology Day.
A Community Day has a range of activities and features a diverse mix of community and special interest groups and more.
The variety of events and activities planned for the week ensure that there is something for everyone.
Te Aka Mauri Festival programme
Tuesday 29 January - Hono Whakamana
Wednesday 30 January - Technology Day
Thursday 31 January - Health Day
Friday 1 February - Heritage and Research Day
Saturday 2 February - Community Day
Sunday 3 February - Whanau Day
You can also download and print a copy of the programme by clicking HERE.