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Toro Pikopiko performing their puppet show 'Te Rereka'.

Exciting literary festival for tamariki and their whānau

Beyond the Page is back in its third year with over 140 free events happening at libraries across the Wellington region during the school holidays (6-21 July).

A collaboration between five public libraries: Hutt City Libraries, Upper Hutt City Libraries, Wellington City Libraries, Porirua City Libraries and Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, Beyond the Page aims to inspire and delight tamariki and their whānau.

Kat Cuttriss, Hutt City Libraries Manager, is excited about the programme and says “tamariki will have the opportunity to explore their creative side, be inspired by spell-bounding performances, pick up a new skill, and even meet a Stormtrooper or two!”

With more than 50 events in Hutt City, there is bound to be something for the whole family. This year we’re excited to have Donovan Bixley back with us for a workshop, the Royal New Zealand Ballet taking us on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel, Toro Pikopiko sharing their interactive Māori rock-art puppetry show, and so much more.

All events are FREE and lots of fun!


Meet the Author: Donovan Bixley
Where: Eastbourne Library
When: Tuesday 9 July, 1pm
Meet award-winning author and illustrator Donovan Bixley at this rollicking interactive show that will have you laughing with amazement as you dive into a world of letters, words, and fuzzy doodles. Suitable for children aged 5+ with their caregivers.

Royal New Zealand Ballet Storytime
Where: Stokes Valley Library, Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub
When: Friday 12 July, 10am
Join story teller Bea Lee-Smith on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel. Through music and mime, children will learn simple ballet steps and positions. Suitable for children preschool age and up with their caregivers.

Te Rereka by Toro Pikopiko
Where: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre
When: Monday 15 July, 2pm

Where: Wainuiomata Library, Wainuiomata Community Hub
When: Wednesday 17 July, 10am

An interactive show exploring the ancient Kāi Tahu legend of Pourakahua the Birdwoman and her epic flight to Aotearoa in search of her own kind. It features over 80 hand-crafted puppets, as well as original music in both te reo Māori and English! Suitable for all ages.

For information on events across the region visit Beyond the Page.

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