Events 2015

Reinventing New Zealand: Riding the Waves of Change

09 April 2015 - 7.30 pm, all welcome

Re-inventing New Zealand: Riding the Waves of Change 

With Roger Horrocks

Devonport Library

Thursday April 9, 7.30 pm


During our lifetimes we have seen New Zealand pass through an extraordinary series of changes and re-inventions. When I was growing up in the 1950s, the country still felt like a British colony.  It was then transformed by many influences - such as American culture, corporate capitalism, the Māori renaissance, the women’s movement, gay rights, Pacific Island cultures, links with Australia, links with Asia - and now we are being re-invented once again by the digital revolution. The speed of change seems heightened by the small size of our country.

What do we make of all these changes – and, in particular, what have they meant for the arts?

Roger Horrocks has been involved in many areas of the arts – a poet, film-maker, biographer (of artist Len Lye), curator, opera librettist, and for 35 years a lecturer in English and Film Studies at the University of Auckland. He is a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to film and television. He is at the Michael King Centre to write a book about the evolution of the arts in New Zealand. If you’ve heard him on radio, on the screen, or in the lecture room, you’ll know he is a lively and engaging speaker!

Hosted by the Devonport Library Associates

Drinks and nibbles from 7.30 pm

Talk from 8 pm