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Kia ora e hoa, in this issue we let you know about our 1981 Springbok Tour exhibition, and a special screening of PATU! and panel discussion. We share some work from the National Library and also have an exciting event coming up exploring the world of groundbreaking artist Len Lye.

TOHE | PROTEST now open,
plus a very special event

Still from 'PATU!' Courtesy the Mita whānau.
Our exhibition exploring representations of the 1981 Springbok rugby tour is now live! TOHE | PROTEST is in Te Puna Gallery in the National Library in Wellington, and also has a special online component. On our website you can learn about the significant preservation work undertaken on PATU!, the definitive anti-Tour documentary, in time for the 40th anniversary of filming. We also spoke with some of the those who lived through the Tour – either on the protest lines or watching the games. Explore the exhibition here.

On 28 August we’ll also be hosting a very special event at the National Library. A day of dialogue and reflection with a rare screening of the new version of PATU!, followed by a panel discussion including some of those closely involved in the film and the protest movement. Event details here.

TOHE runs till 11 December. Free entry.

Kua rite ināianei te whakaaturanga e tōmene ana i ngā āhuatanga o te Tāpoinga Springbok (1981)! Kei Te Puna a TOHE, kei Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa ki Pōneke, he wāhanga tuihono hoki tōna. Kei tā mātou whārangi ipurangi ngā akoranga mō ngā mahi rokiroki, mahi whakamatihiko mō PATU!, te pakipūmeka whakahē i te Tāpoinga, kua huri te 40 tau i te hopunga. I kōrero mātou ki ētehi i ora i taua Tāpoinga – rātou i te mura o te ahi, i mātakitaki rānei i ngā kēmu.

Hei te 28 o Hereturikōkā ka whakamanuwhiritia e mātou tētehi kaupapa nui ki Te Puna Mātauranga. He rangi kōrerorero, he rangi whakaaroaro, ka whakaatungia hoki te whakahoutanga o PATU!, ā ka wānanga me ngā kaimahi kiriata me ngā kaiporotēhe.

28 August

The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow

The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow poster, designed by Mark Bell.

The Springbok Tour was a significant moment in New Zealand history and left a mark in film, television and music history. On our blog we track another memorable tour that took place at the same time: three New Zealand bands making up The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow.

No Depression in New Zealand

Why Len Lye Matters –
10 September

Still from 'A Colour Box' (1935).
We’ve got a special event with a lot of zizz coming up, all about artist and filmmaker Len Lye. Why Len Lye Matters will be an evening of experimental films and stimulating talks. Hear about the process, inspiration and impact of Lye (1901-1980) and see some of his work on the big screen.

Free event, 6pm-8pm, 10 September.
The National Library Auditorium, Wellington.

Why Len Lye Matters

Tea and Tours

The National Library hosts regular Tea and Tours – a great chance to explore the exhibitions on offer (including TOHE and Mīharo), and enjoy a scone and cup of tea. There was a full house at last Thursday’s event but there is another on the horizon – Thursday 23 September, 10am-noon.
Tea and Tours

National Library
Springbok Tour Exhibition

The National Library are hosting an online exhibition with photographs and cartoons of the 1981 Springbok Tour. A Country Divided draws on the rich content of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
A Country Divided

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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1) A protestor tosses leaves at police officers' feet near Lancaster Park in Christchurch on 15 August 1981. Frame enlargement from PATU! Courtesy of the Mita whānau.
2) Poster courtesy The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow, designed by Mark Bell.
3) A Colour Box (F9061) by Len Lye. Courtesy Len Lye Foundation. 
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