01/11/2018 - 1:00pm

Join the discussion with Max Rashbrooke - along with Professor Jennifer Curtin and Dr Peter Skilling - to discuss Max's new book, Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action.

WHEN: 1-2pm on November 1st.

WHERE: WG703, WG Building, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley St E

REGISTRATION: Preferred but tickets not required. Tickets available here (free).

05/11/2018 - 6:00pm

Knowledge Beats Shame

On 5 November 1881, over 1500 colonial troops and their Māori allies invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, buildings destroyed, and rangatira Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were jailed.

11/11/2018 - 2:00pm

What is the current state of art writing in Aotearoa? Anthony Byrt, author of This Model Life: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art, leads a conversation with Matariki Williams (curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa and founder of Tusk, an online platform for discussion about the GLAM sector) and Lana Lopesi (Editor-in-Chief of the Pantograph Punch and author of BWB Text False Divides).

11/11/2018 - 11:00am

Using the art of storytelling, writers and thinkers voice their thoughts and reflections on Armistice Day. These brilliant minds look back to scenes of history, explore the struggles of today and ponder the future. Join them to hear how such an important day in our world’s history has influenced creative minds 100 years on. Including Murdoch Stephens, Robyn Hunt, Rachel Buchanan, Harry Ricketts, Yazan El Fares and Mohammad El Fares.

10/11/2018 - 6:00pm

Literature as a live event, LitCrawl Wellington features a Saturday evening 'crawl' with 25 events running in three sessions, as well as an extended programme from Thursday to Sunday. For more information visit

Events in the main crawl are all free, but donations will be gratefully received. Tickets can be booked through Eventfinda.

22/11/2018 - 5:30pm

In this Friends of the Turnbull Library event, Dr Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000, will present an overview of the New Zealand Wars – a series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation’s history.

01/11/2018 - 6:30pm

Thursday 1st November, 6.30-8pm, Lecture Theatre 5, Owen Glen Building.

Public lecture, all welcome. Max Rashbrooke discussing his new book Government for the Public Good.

More information to come. Please note: This event is not managed by BWB.

16/10/2018 - 7:00pm

The Double the Quota campaign is celebrating the announcement that New Zealand's refugee quota will grow to 1500 with a victory party at Meow.

The campaign has been led by Murdoch Stephens, whose new BWB Text Doing Our Bit: The Campaign to Double the Refugee Quota tells the story of this remarkable movement, and is an insider’s account of political campaigning in New Zealand.

29/10/2018 - 6:00pm

Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. For those Indigenous to the Pacific, the Moana was traditionally a connector and an ancestor. Imperialism, however, has created false divides between islands and separated their peoples.

27/11/2018 - 6:00pm

Think tax is boring? Think again! Shamubeel Eaqub, Lisa Marriott and Jess Berentson-Shaw, chaired by Max Rashbrooke, will debate the purpose of taxation. Is tax love, or is it theft? Come along, hear the discussion, and make up your own mind.

6-7pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018
City Gallery
Civic Square, Wellington