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E oho! Captain Cook: The beginning of what?


Wed 21 Apr 2021, 12:10pm–1:30pm

Where: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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A conversation about James Cook’s legacy in Aotearoa and the Pacific with Associate Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville and Emalani Case.

Addressing Captain Cook’s legacy
Hear Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) and Emalani Case (Kanaka Maoli/ Hawaiian) in conversation about James Cook’s legacy in Aotearoa and the Pacific. How do New Zealanders address this legacy 252 years after Captain Cook circumnavigated New Zealand? How should Captain Cook be remembered?

Format of event
12:10 pm to 1:00 pm — Listen to Alice and Emalani.

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm — Kōrero circle to continue the discussion.

E oho! Waitangi Series 2021 is a series that aims to lay the foundation for all people living in Aotearoa by exploring key events in history that shaped the nation we call home.

This series is for everyone; featuring an amazing line-up of speakers from diverse backgrounds, experts, artists and activists, comprising a range of performances, screening, workshops and public talks that focus on historical events, contemporary consequences and collective understanding.

The programme for each event entails inspiring talks and the opportunity to kōrero further after the event.

About the speakers
Emalani Case is a Pacific studies lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington.

Alice Te Punga Somerville is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato and the author of ‘250 ways to start an essay about Captain Cook’.

Check before you come
Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the National Library website for updated information about individual events before you come.

For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions have look at our COVID-19 page.

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