Friends of the Turnbull Library AGM 2024


Thursday 18 July 2024, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

You are invited to the annual general meeting of the Friends of the Turnbull Library. Following the meeting Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) will talk about his experience as the inaugural Curator Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He will discuss some of the highlights and challenges of the role and share some of his favourite discoveries.

Annual General Meeting 2024

The Friends of the Turnbull Library is a national organisation, supporting the work and activities of the Alexander Turnbull Library since 1939. You are invited to the annual general meeting of the Friends.

Reflections on being a Māori curator

Following the meeting there will be an opportunity to hear from the Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi), until recently the Turnbull’s Curator Māori. Paul became the inaugural Curator Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2010.

In this talk, he provides an entertaining and well-illustrated overview of some of the highlights and challenges of this role. Explaining that it involved an oversight of all the Turnbull collections, he discusses some of his favourite discoveries. 

About the speaker

Until recently Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) was Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He is the author of Downfall: the Destruction of Charles Mackay, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Ockham Book Awards, and was the recipient of the 2019 CNZ writers’ residency in Berlin. His previous works include A Fire in Your BellyMakereti, and Savaged to Suit. Paul now works at the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.

More information can be found here.