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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 04:29 am

Porirua People’s Library giving locals a voice in November

Kerry Ann 650

PORIRUA People’s Library is treasuring locals stories in the community.

Wellington art program Letting Space is declaring Porirua city a Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa (TEZA) this month.

Artist and coordinator for Porirua People’s Library, Kerry Ann Lee, above, says with the help of local artists they hope to get as many people from the community involved as possible.

“The idea of Porirua People’s Library is really a sense of giving people on the ground the opportunity to come and make their own stories,” Ann says.

TEZA will run from Saturday until Sunday November 29 at multiple locations in the city.

However, members of the community don’t need to wait until the event starts.

They can share their own stories at the TEZA Hub daily at Lydney Place South Laneway in the Porirua’s CBD.

“People are telling as much or as little as they like, about whatever is on their mind and really what that is, as it builds up to a larger picture around Porirua,” Lee says.

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TUNED IN: Wellington Access Radio manager Kristen Paterson helps a member of the public tell his story for Porirua People’s Library.

Porirua People’s Library is working around the idea of a treasury of stories and how to have that happen, and what support is needed.

Work will develop across the city and come together with gatherings and displays like pop ups, Lee says.

Porirua’s youthfulness as a city 50 years young, and its cultural distance to Wellington offers fresh possibilities for discovery.

Artists will work with groups from the community on projects that explore new ways for a diversity of people to work together.

The nine day event is being funded by Creative New Zealand along with Porirua City Council.

Porirua Mayor, Nick Leggett says TEZA will work alongside members of the community in a way that has not been done before.

“We are really looking forward for TEZA to be a catalyst for uniting the fabulous social innovation and collaboration that is being done in our suburbs and communities,” Mayor Nick Leggett says.

Visitors from around New Zealand, the region and the city are invited to participate in as little, or as much as they like.

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