FREE FAMILY activities

Visit our Learning Centre Gallery on level 3 for exhibitions and family activities that change on a regular basis. Be sure to ask at reception for a copy of our family gallery trail to enhance your visit.


Gatherings on the Manukau 

View photographs and archives relating to the Manukau Harbour from the Auckland Libraries heritage collections and learn about how our closest harbour has been used over time for sourcing kaimoana and as a means of travel. Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa (Manukau Harbour) is the second largest harbour in New Zealand and has a rich history of navigation, settlement and recreation. This exhibition will travel around the edges of the Manukau Harbour as if spread by Te Hau a Uru, the wind that blows from the west, from Titirangi to Waiuku. 

Visit the exhibition page | Image: Auckland Libraries Sir George Grey Special Collections NZ Map 842

Free drop in activity: Create your very own seafaring flag to take home using pencils and felts.

7–28 September 2017

Related event: Manukau Gathering Day

We invite you to contribute photographs, letters, objects, posters, newspaper clippings etc that relate to the Manukau Harbour. Some of these items will be scanned or photographed to become part of the exhibition when added to the photograph album or the scrapbook and will travel around the other exhibition venues. You will also get a chance to meet Sharon Smith,  Senior Librarian of Archives and Manuscripts from Auckland Libraries who has curated this exhibition and has a wealth of knowledge about our unique harbour.

Saturday 16 September, 10am - 4pm 


Fly the Flag for Gender Equality 

This exhibition is part of a national celebration by GirlGuiding New Zealand, part of a global organisation focused on giving girls a voice and creating an awareness in local communities of issues facing girls nationally and internationally. For this project, youth around Aotearoa designed flags using words, symbols, and pictures to express their views on any aspect of gender for exhibitions throughout the country that celebrate International Day of the Girl on 11 October. It is open to all youth of any gender to participate in these important discussions about what gender means to them. 

Visit the exhibition page

Free drop in activity: Make your own paper flag to add to the vibrant installation. Share your voice about gender equality through text, images and symbols. 

30 September – 23 October 2017


Open Studios WaitAkere: Squiggla with Judy Millar

For Open Studios Waitakere, Te Uru is hosting a free Squiggla family drop-in event, open to all ages. Squiggla is a creative based learning application, developed by the Chartwell Trust to promote creativity through the exploration of mark-making. Squiggling is a type of free-form drawing, which allows your imagination and instincts to take over. This will be a unique opportunity to meet artist Judy Millar, who is a master of experimental mark-making. Play with lines, dots and squiggles to help create a one-off collaborative work, and learn how to upload your images onto the Squiggla gallery. The App is free to download and encourages non-judgemental play.  
Supported by the Chartwell Trust

Saturday 18 November, 10am – 4pm

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