School holiday Imagine This! festival

Porirua Libraries School Holiday programme. 20 December 2021 – 14 January 2022.

Porirua Libraries School Holiday programme. 20 December 2021 – 14 January 2022.

20 December – 14 January

Nau mai! Haere mai! Welcome to our second Imagine This! festival

The festival is running entirely online this year, with a variety of exclusive pre-recorded events and interviews for tamariki of all ages, plus a highly interactive role-playing game (RPG) suitable for bravehearts aged 14+.

The online delivery allows us to run at all Covid-19 Levels, and bring you guests from not just around the motu, but around the world this year! There will still be plenty of prizes, and daily interactions via our Porirua Libraries Facebook Children’s Chat group. We’d love to see you in the children’s library – adhering to current Covid-19 Level guidelines – whenever you can make it in too.

All sessions (excluding Brindlewood Bay*) will be uploaded at 10.30am on their day. Follow the action from the Porirua Libraries Facebook Children’s Chat Group page – facebook.com/groups/PoriruaLibraryChildrensChat – or from the full timetable below.

Send all festival feedback and giveaway entries to Bee.Trudgeon@poriruacity.govt.nz

See the latest videos here

Videos will play from the date of the first session.


Event Schedule


Week 1

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Aro

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Monday 20 December, 10.30am

Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Te Ati Awa) and Emily Looker share a passion for language and music, and tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Mila's Books Storytime

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Tuesday 21 December, 10.30am

For younger children. Join Samoan author, publisher and creator, Dahlia Malaeulu for a special story time. Passionate about Pasifika children's stories, she will share one of her favourites. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Pātaka presents Maui the Mischief Maker

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Wednesday 22 December, 10.30am

Join award-winning author, poet, playwright, and storyteller extraordinaire Moira Wairama for a story of Maui, Aotearoa’s most famous mischief maker, with music from harpist Karen Jones. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Youth Writers’ Summit

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Thursday 23 December, 10.30am

Suitable for confident youth writers. Writing for Theatre - characters, plotting and the truth of your project. Tune into the Imagine This! Youth Writers’ Summit, where you’ll learn the basics of writing creatively. All sessions chaired by Riah Tahana-Dawson. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.

Love writing and want to hone your skills? Never written before and want to know where to start? Tune into the Imagine This! Youth Writers’ Summit, where you’ll learn the basics of writing creatively - where to start, how to find your voice, how to find your character’s outside your character - and so much more.

Each pre-recorded weekly session will cover a different genre of writing. Heed the advice, have a go, and submit your work to Kaiawhina Whare Pukapuka (Tamariki) Riah Tahana-Dawson for constructive commentary and book prizes.

  • Writing for Theatre - characters, plotting and the truth of your project.
  • What is Poetry? - with special guest Lily Holloway.
  • Writing Fantasy - magic systems, high fantasy and modern fantasy, with special guest spot appearances. Writing for Children – What does it take to capture the attention of ngā tamariki? With special guest kōrero.

All sessions chaired by Riah Tahana-Dawson, and suitable for confident youth writers. See full timetable for time/date details. Contact Riah.Tahana-Dawson@poriruacity.govt.nz


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Deano Yipadee

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Friday 24 December, 10.30am

Sing and dance your way into Christmas with songs from best-selling Kiwi children’s author and musician, Deano Yipadee. With illustrations from Paul Beavis. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


Week 2

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Leonie Agnew

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Wednesday 29 December, 10.30am

Join us for an interview with award-winning children’s author Leonie Agnew, discussing her newest book The Memory Thief. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.

🎉COMPETITION🎉 Answer questions about the interview with Leonie Agnew and to be in to win book prizes from Penguin Random House New Zealand.


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Arabic/English Story Time

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Thursday 30 December, 10.30am

Join our librarians for a bilingual reading of multi-award-winning Australian author/illustrator Jeannie Baker’s Mirror. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Youth Writers' Summit

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Thursday 30 December, 10.30am

What is Poetry? - with special guest Lily Holloway. Suitable for confident youth writers. All sessions chaired by Riah Tahana-Dawson. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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New World Porirua presents Glenn Colquhoun

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Friday 31 December, 10.30am

Highly recommended for age 14+. Multi-award-winning poet and doctor at the YOSS health clinic for young people in Horowhenua. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


Week 3

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Brindlewood Bay RPG (role playing game)

👉 5, 7, 12 and 14 January, 2.00pm

Registration-required series for ages 14+, will be played in real time via Discord. Players must have parental permission and commit to all four days to join. Email Riah.Tahana-Dawson@poriruacity.govt.nz to register. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.

Porirua Libraries and Imagine This! are proud to present: Brindlewood Bay, by Jason Cordova - an RPG, cosy game open to ages 14 and up, suitable for the curious and murder mystery lovers. This game is beginner-friendly for those who have never played an RPG (role-playing game) before.

Participants will play as a group of elderly women - members of a local book club - who somehow keep finding themselves investigating real life murders in their small, sleepy seaside town. The game is directly inspired by the television show Murder, She Wrote, but also takes cues from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, “cosy” crime dramas, and American TV shows from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, like Magnum P.I., Remington Steele, and Twin Peaks. In other words, it’s a retro horror-mystery dream.

This campaign will be played via Discord server, so an active Discord account is essential as is a stable internet connection and audio connectivity. This is a registration only event which will play out across two weeks in four booked sessions. All players of any skill level are welcome. Accents and dressing up are strongly encouraged, and there will be prizes.

A welcome pack will be provided a week before the first meeting, including character sheets and player expectations. Register your interest with Riah.Tahana-Dawson@poriruacity.govt.nz by December 31.

Brindlewood Bay RPG Registration Form

Name: Age: Preferred pronouns: Email: Discord username:

Please tick to confirm you are available to play at 2PM January 5, 7, 12 and 14:

Permitting parent/guardian name/signature:


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Youth Writers' Summit

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Wednesday 5 January, 10.30am

Suitable for confident youth writers. Fantasy - magic systems, high fantasy and modern fantasy, with special guest spot appearances. All sessions chaired by Riah Tahana-Dawson. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Stepping Stones

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Thursday 6 January, 10.30am

Join us for a conversation with multi-award-winning, international author Margriet Ruurs, for a conversation about her book Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Edible Earth presents Kōrero Māra Ka

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Friday 7 January, 10.30am

With the help from our friends at Edible Earth Hampshire with WELLfed, we will learn to plant and grow our own little māra kai food garden. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


Week 4

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Mila’s Books Presents Common Senses Poetry Writing

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Monday 10 January, 10.30am

In this session Dahlia Malaeulu, Samoan author and publisher of Mila's Books teaches our tamaiti to use their everyday worlds to inspire their own writing. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.

🎉COMPETITION🎉 During this session with Dahlia Malaeulu there will be an exciting Mila's Books giveaway!


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Eirlys Hunter

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Tuesday 11 January, 10.30am

Join us for an interview with author, globetrotter, and creative writing teacher Eirlys Hunter about latest book The Uprising – The Mapmakers in Cruxcia. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.

🎉COMPETITION🎉 During this interview with Eirlys Hunter, answer questions about the interview to win book prizes from Gecko Press


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Youth Writers' Summit

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Thursday 13 January, 10.30am

What does it take to capture the attention of ngā tamariki? With special guest kōrero. Suitable for confident youth writers. All sessions chaired by Riah Tahana-Dawson. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


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Aro

👉 JOIN ONLINE: Friday 14 January, 10.30am

Our festival openers return for an exclusive festival-closing gig. Book prizes for everyone who can name an Aro song for us. Find the event on Facebook or Eventfinda.


20 December 2021 – January 14 2022

All sessions (excluding Brindlewood Bay*) will be uploaded at 10.30am on their day. Follow the action from the Porirua Libraries Facebook Children’s Chat Group page – facebook.com/groups/PoriruaLibraryChildrensChat – or from the full timetable below