Sunday, March 13, 2016

Events at Central City Library

Book Launch: In dark places: the confessions of Teina Pora and an ex-cop's fight for justice, by Michael Bennet

When: Monday 21 March, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Central City Library (Atrium)
Cost: Free

Join us at Central City Library to hear Moana Maniapoto talk about Michael Bennet's new book about Teina Pora.

He confessed to a crime he didn’t commit and spent 21 years in jail. How did it happen?

Teina Pora, a 17-year-old car thief, was wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Susan Burdett, who had been beaten to death with the softball bat she kept next to her bed for her own protection.

Tim McKinnel, en ex-cop turned private investigator, discovered the long forgotten case 18 years later, saw an injustice had been done and set out to win Teina’s freedom.

Reaching from the mean streets of South Auckland to the highest court in the Commonwealth, this is the story not just of Tim’s quest, but also of how an innocent man who was left rotting in a prison cell for two decades found the inner strength to rise above the dark places to which he had been condemned.

Moana will be joined by the author and Tim at this exciting book launch. In 2013 Michael made an award-winning documentary about Teina, tilted The confessions of prisoner T.
To reserve your place at this event, call (09) 890 2441 or email Ana Worner. Refreshments served at 5.30pm.

Exhibition: Shakespeare in his time

When: Friday 11 March - Sunday 19 June, 9am - 4pm daily
Where: Central City Library
Cost: Free

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 1616, Auckland Libraries is showcasing its remarkable Shakespearean treasures.

This includes the only first folio (the first collected edition of his plays printed in 1623) held in New Zealand, as well as a quarto of Pericles (1619) and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th folios.

These are displayed within their 16th and 17th century context- alongside the works of other writers, as well as Bibles of the Reformation, which inspired Shakespeare and describe the politics and daily life of his age.

Author talk: The girl who stole stockings

When: Wednesday 16 March, 5.30pm - 7pm
Where: Central City Library
Cost: Free

Elsbeth Hardie will be discussing her recent book The girl who stole stockings with Janet Wilson.

On 8 April 1811, the ship Friends sailed from England carrying 101 female convicts bound for New South Wales.

One of them, Susannah Noon, would eventually go on to live in the rough whaling society of pre-colonial New Zealand.

Come along to hear more of Susannah’s fascinating story from her great-great-great-grand-daughter, author Elsbeth Hardie.

Elsbeth's book is a fascinating look into the fate of the women who were sent away to the colonies as convicts - many of whom committed crimes as trivial as stealing a few pairs of stockings.

To reserve your place at this talk, please call (09) 890 2441 or email

Poetry Night: Stars of Pasifika poetry 2016

When: Tuesday 15 March, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Central City Library, Whare Wananga, L2
Cost: Free

Join us for an evening of performances and readings featuring Pasifika poets.

Head along to the Central City Library to hear  Albert Wendt, Robert Sullivan, Courtney Sina Meredith, Tusiata Avia, Serie Barford, Doug Poole, Amber Esau, Johnny Angel, Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua, and Louise Tu'u as MC.

To reserve your place at this event, call (09) 890 2441 or email Ana Worner. Refreshments served from 5.30pm.

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