Pre Festival events and workshops

25 February – 16 March 2018

Lantern Making Workshops – multiple sessions

We supply the materials and instructions and you can enjoy making your own lantern to bring to the Lantern Festival and parade on Saturday night.
Sessions at the Chinese Hall – 98 Napier Road:
Sunday 25 February – 12.30pm to 5pm
Sessions at 4 The Square:
Wednesday 28 February – 4pm to 8pm
Friday 2 March – 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 3 March – 10.30am to 3.30pm
Tuesday 6 March – 4pm to 8pm
Friday 9 March – 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 10 March – 11am to 4pm
Sunday 11 March – 11am to 4pm


Fair Borders? Migration policy in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday 15 March – Central Library – Events Central – 6.30pm – 8pm

“Borders were never designed to stop everyone from moving. It’s always a matter of who is moving to where, and why…”

In the lead-up to the 2017 election, immigration was a burning issue. Pundits declared, “It’s time for a national conversation about immigration ”, even while migration policy was vigorously debated in the media. Whether it was about record high arrivals, severe housing demand, or the investor visas provided to internet tycoons, we have hardly ceased to have a conversation about immigration. But who is the “we” having that conversation and who are the absent voices? What is the perspective of tangata whenua or migrants themselves? And how do our borders reflect or shape this conversation?

Join us for a panel discussion with Fair Borders? editor David Hall and contributors Andrew Chen and Arama Rata to discuss how New Zealand’s borders impact on its citizens, on recent immigrants, and on people who aren’t permitted to set foot on this land.

The Fruits Of Our Labours, Chinese Fruit Shops in New Zealand – Book Presentation

Friday 16 March – Central Library – Events Central – 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Many of us remember well the daily or weekly trip to the local shops to buy our food supplies. Often, the fruit and vege shop was run by a Chinese family. However, the introduction of self service retailing and the emergence of supermarkets led to the demise of the independent retailer. Authors Ruth Lam, Beverly Lowe, Helen Wong, Michael Wong, and Carolyn King were commissioned by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust to tell this story in a fully-illustrated, two volume set.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Facilitated by New Zealand Chinese Association Manawatū Branch.

Off the page: Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds / Alison Jones – Book Presentation

Friday 16 March – Central Library – Events Central – 6.30pm – 8pm

Alison Jones will discuss Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins. The story of Tuai illuminates the wider history of early Māori travels in Europe. Wonderfully written and superbly illustrated, Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds is essential reading for anyone interested in how Māori and Pākehā encountered one another in the early nineteenth century.

In association with Massey University, Bridget Williams Books and Bruce McKenzie Bookseller.