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Pukapuka Talks

Did you know that night doesn’t fall, it rises? That there are three grades of twilight? If you have ever wondered what goes on at night beyond the lit-up boundaries of our human world, then this special event, which explores the stories and themes in Annette Lees’ latest book, After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa, is for you. Ruru (owls) are likely to be our companions. 

The evening will start just on dusk, when we will gather at one of Whakatū's most iconic treasures, The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, for a special tour with acclaimed nonfiction author Annette Lees.

The evening will start with a special reading from Annette's latest book, After Dark, in the sanctuary's visitor centre. You will then head into the forest with Annette. Along the way, she will share knowledge with you about the forest and its creatures, the night sky, and ecological tales. During the walk we will explore our relationship to the night in the past and now. You will get a chance to share your own night-walking memories and listen to other’s tales.

The walk will involve following trails into the bush and requires a moderate level of mobility. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

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Annette Lees: After Dark

Annette Lees 

Annette Lees has been an outdoor and natural world enthusiast from childhood. With a Masters of Science degree in ecology and landscape conservation, she has had a career in conservation in Aotearoa and the Pacific and has worked and travelled in South America and Africa. She is the author of three books that explore our connection to nature: The Deep Sky Waits on the Outskirts of Town (Reed 1996);  Swim: A year of swimming outdoors in New Zealand (2018) (longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Prize of the Ockham Book Awards); and After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa (2021). She lives in the Waitakere River valley with her family.   

Thu 20 Oct | 9.00pm

75 min
Pay What You Can (PWYC)

Plus service fee 

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