Pukarau :: Many Stories 


We are beyond excited to be bringing to you some local wonders of the literary arts this year at and around the HB Williams Memorial Library.

Pukarau Many Stories is a community activation contribution to Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival.  

Oodles of creative talent, fun activities and wonderful stories old and new define our region.

Events Subject to COVID-19 Restrictions. 


Taniwha - Hīkoi Kōrero :: StoryWalk®

 Written and illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa. Te Ko te huri ki te reo Maori na Keri Kaa

  • DURATION OF FESTIVAL - This event will go ahead under level 1 or 2 

A little boy has made friends with the taniwha in his river, but no-one believes him. The taniwha takes him on a journey through time and myth.

Take a stroll with him and discover the classic story ‘Taniwha’ alongside Taruheru river.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.


Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E! :: Writing Maori history in the 21st Century

  • Friday 8th October 5:30PM - This event will go ahead under level 1 only

Dr Monty Soutar discusses the motivation that led to his books on Maori in the two World Wars and his latest challenge – to write a novel series about Aotearoa New Zealand’s history through the eyes of nine successive generations of a Maori family. 



Kia Waiata Tātau :: Sing with us

  • Tuesday 12 October 9am - This event will go ahead under level 1 only

Join the library team and Gisborne District Council’s Ngā Manu Tīoriori for a session of waiata. Nau mai, haere mai. All Welcome. 


Tipuna Stories :: Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa

  • Tuesday 12 October 10.30am 

  • Thursday 14 October 10.30am 

These events will go ahead under level 1 only

Welcome to our workshop – we will share local Iwi Kōrero and one of our Tipuna Stories with you. These are fun and interactive sessions of Kōrero, Stories, Google Earth Maps & Kahoot Quiz 



Te Tae Marama :: Colour and Light

  • Saturday 9th 10:30AM 

  • Monday 11th 10:30AM 

  • Wednesday 13th 10:30AM 

  • Friday 15th 10:30AM 

These events will go ahead under level 1 only

Join us for a conversational journey through time reflecting on the past present and future that is represented in the stained glass window that has been a feature of the HB Williams Memorial library since 1993.


Kōrero Whaiaro :: Reflective Stories

  • Tuesday 12 October 2PM

  • Thursday 14 October  2PM 

  • Saturday 16th 10AM 

These events will go ahead under level 1 only

Creative response workshop series sourcing inspiration from our experiences during TTAF and the connections we make within our community during this time. 



Nau mai, haere mai. All Welcome.