Toia Talks: Our people. Our stories.

Otahuhu Pataka Korero Otahuhu Library will be holding an exciting free lecture series in September titled Toia Talks with the slogan this month being ‘Our people. Our stories’.


Scott and Paul on Great South Road – Supplied


The bi-monthly series is aimed at ‘Convening community leaders, social activators, and change-makers to share stories and offer better solutions for a better world.’

Otahuhu Community Librarian, Barry O’Callaghan says it’s a great opportunity to hear the stories from Otahuhu being told by people from Otahuhu.

“We’re really excited to launch this art and culture series and we look forward to hearing the stories that come out of it.”

The inaugural Tōia Talks lecture features filmmaker, Paul Janman and historian, Scott Hamilton who will discuss their feature documentary, ‘Fragments of the Great South Road’ and screen footage from the film.

Janman and Hamilton walked the two hundred kilometre road talking with locals, historians, and artists about living along this historic road.

The Great South Road was built to bring a British army into the Māori Waikato Kingdom. It runs from the edge of King Country at the Puniu River up the Great South Road to Newmarket in central Auckland.

Tōia Talks launches at 630pm on Thursday, 22 September at Otahuhu Pataka Korero Library Otahuhu Library at 28 Mason Avenue.