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Drawing Our Own Histories | 
Te Tuhi i ā Tātou Kōrero Tāhuhu ake

  • Titirangi War Memorial Hall South Titirangi Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)

Sponsored by Westie Pies

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The way that young people see how their country, culture and history are presented shapes their sense of identity. In his beautiful book Aotearoa, The New Zealand Story, celebrated writer and illustrator Gavin Bishop shares a compelling vision of our country and history: not a Māori history, or a Pākehā history, but a shared history for all of us who live here. In conversation with Bridget Mahy, Gavin illuminates the kind of New Zealand he has hoped to capture for young and old readers alike.

Gavin Bishop has written dozens of children’s books, 70 of which have been translated into 12 languages. He has also written the libretti for children’s ballets for the Royal NZ Ballet and written and designed for TV and the stage. In 2009 the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for new illustrators was established by Random House NZ in recognition of his work. He was awarded the ONZM in 2013 for his services to literature. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of Canterbury.

A Cantabrian by birth, Bridget Mahy experimented with a variety of living arrangements in the main cities of New Zealand, and then overseas, before falling back into Auckland. She indecisively tried her hand at a range of jobs – petrol pump attendant, bus driver, television production, librarian, etc. and ended up teaching English literature to adolescents. Fundamentally, she wings it on a daily basis with a couple of gorgeous children and a patient husband in tow. Bridget gobbles up words and ideas.


Saturday and Sunday Sessions
8.30am - 5pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall
Full Day Pass Includes 8 sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch
$150.00 (value $ 174.00) $135 concession (value $150.00)
Early Bird $139.00 ($120 concession) Only available until 3 August
Individual Sessions $18.00 ($15 concession)
Morning/Afternoon Tea $ 5.00 Lunch $20.00
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