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Human Library

9:30AM - 11:00AM
Friday, 02 February 2024

Human Library

9:30AM - 11:00AM. Friday, 02 February 2024

The Village Green, outside Te Anau Library.

Come and have a 15-minute conversation with one (or more!) of our human books out on the Village Green. If raining/wet, the venue will be inside Te Anau Library.


Wayne Marriott: Manager – Museum and Heritage Services

Manager, Southland Regional Collections.  Researcher on Dusky Sound and first contact period.

Ken Bradley: Local Historian

Ken arrived in Te Anau in October 1967 and continues to live locally.  A great history teacher at school developed Ken’s interest in the history of Fiordland and he has been fortunate to be able to visit 98% of the significant historical sites when he was the Department of Conservation Ranger in charge of heritage management within Fiordland and Southland.

Gwen Chaloner: Spinner

Gwen loves New Zealand wool. She has been spinning for nearly half a century since she first came to Te Anau.  Gwen likes to pass on her skills and teach people of all ages the joys of spinning wool which can be productive, creative and very relaxing, like meditating.

Kiri Bell: Harakeke Weaver

Soon after Kiri and her family moved to Te Anau in 2015, she became interested in raranga/weaving after attending a workshop to make a pikau (backpack).  Kiri has learnt through books, YouTube, in person wānanga and through trial and error.  Discovering new patterns and making kete are her favourite things about working with harakeke.


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