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He Kete Pupuri Mahara Memory Bag

Memory bag, showing container pouch and tag
Example memory bag and tag

What are Memory Bags?

'Memory bags / He Kete Pupuri Mahara' are a collection of vintage items and images to encourage conversation and reminiscence for people with dementia or memory loss. They also contain specialised items and conversation cards to provide a range of experiences.

How does the service work?

  • You can borrow a bag for three weeks and renew for another three weeks.

  • Memory bags are free to borrow and free to reserve.

  • For a mostly or completely damaged or lost memory bag, there is a $50 charge.

Where can I find them?

The memory bags are located at these libraries with the following themes:

You can also reserve to pick up at any branch location. Find them on our catalogue here:

Memory Bags on the Library Catalogue

Interested in making a memory bag for yourself?

Read more about caring for people with dementia, or explore about apps for people with dementia.

Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions are in addition to standard library membership conditions, e.g. due date and lost and damage.

  1. All borrowers of He Kete Pupuri Mahara | Memory bags are Wellington City Libraries members with current library cards.
  2. The borrower is responsible for the kete, which is issued on their library card. This person is responsible for borrowing and returning the entire kete, and is fully responsible for its return, as well as any replacement costs for lost or damaged kete items or set.
  3. Kete will be issued by a library staff member. The kete need to be issued as a whole; the contained items cannot be issued separately.
  4. The kete must be returned to a library staff member, who will check them for missing and damaging items before returning it.
  5. There are no overdue fees, but if the kete has not been returned 30 days after the due date, it becomes "lost" and the borrower's card will be blocked, as with other library items.
  6. The fees for lost/damaged books will be:
    • $0 charge for partial damage or loss of kete
    • $50 charge for a lost or mostly damaged kete

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