School Holidays: Art Through the Ages | Toi Puta Noa i Ngā Tau​

Art Through the Ages | Toi Puta Noa i Ngā Tau, 23 September - 8 October

Art Through the Ages | Toi Puta Noa i Ngā Tau, 23 September - 8 OctoberIt’s almost School Holidays! From the 23rd of September to the 8th of October, we’re inviting children and young people in Pōneke to explore the world through the power of art in Art Through the Ages / Toi Puta Noa i Ngā Tau — click through to find out more!

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August is Family History Month – events at Johnsonville and Tawa

August is Family History Month, and what better place to start your search than at the library! We have some exciting events coming up at Johnsonville and Tawa libraries to help you connect with your family history — have a read below!

History Club

Johnsonville Road in 1978 with cars and buildings in the foreground. Photo by Charles Fearley, from Recollect

Friday 11 August, 2pm, Johnsonville Library

Come along to a very special session of History Club — we will be hosting special guest Wellington City Libraries’ Local and NZ History Specialist, Gábor Tóth, to talk about our Wellington Recollect website and digitising our heritage collections.

Event on Facebook : History Club – Friday 11 August, 2pm

Family History Talks

Learn about the resources and databases available to you at Wellington City Libraries that will aid you in discovering the history of your family. A great way to get started with all the tools for your family history research!

Create an Oral History Recording

Friday 25 August, 1.30-4.30pm, Johnsonville Library

Using the tools available in our HIVE recording studio, come along and record a special event in your life. Our team will help you create a taonga to pass down to future generations.

Bookings are essential for this workshop – book your spot below:

Book your spot – Create an Oral History Recording

Reserve now our Power Meters!

You can borrow a POWER METER  to test your home appliances and get a better breakdown of your electricity usage. Reserve a power meter from our online catalogue, to be delivered to your nearest branch for a free 10 day loan period.

Get a better picture of which of your appliances are power hungry and save on electricity costs this winter!  Just click here !

Here are copies of the instructions for your reference:


Elto EMA1 Power Meter Instructions


Power-Mate Lite Quick-Start


A celebration of He Matapihi Library – and a big thank you!

He Matapihi Library
He Matapihi Library
He Matapihi Library

Today, we say a fond farewell and a big thank you to our wonderful He Matapihi Molesworth Library — a well-loved part of Pōneke’s library network for the past four years. Titiro whakamuri, haere whakamua — remember, and move forwards.

FAQs – Te Whare Pukapuka o He Matapihi  Closure

He Matapihi Molesworth Library opened its doors to the public for the first time on October 9 2019, the second of our pop-up CBD branches after the closure of the Central Library. We have loved getting to know our library patrons in Thorndon and its surrounds, and we’d like to say a big thank you to our Pōneke public who have visited us over this time and made us your local.

Thank you also to our friends at the National Library who have graciously hosted us for the past four years — most especially, thank you for your kind invitation to work together to establish this service, and to serve Pōneke together. You have made us very welcome in your space.

We hope to see our He Matapihi customers at Te Awe Library and around our library branches. Farewell and thank you He Matapihi Library, here are some of your highlights over the last four years and a final look around this well-loved space!

Te Whare Pukapuka o He Matapihi – Closing 30 June 2023

He Matapihi Library
He Matapihi Library
He Matapihi Library

Sadly, our lease at the National Library is coming to an end as construction begins to join the National Library building with the National Archives.

Our partnership with the National Library began when we had to move out of the Central Library so that it could undergo earthquake strengthening, and we’ve greatly enjoyed our time there.

We have always been aware that our lease would end this year, which has allowed us to be well prepared and to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Unfortunately, there is no option to remain at 70 Molesworth Street, but our two central city branches – Te Awe in Brandon Street and Arapaki in Manners Street – are open until Te Matapihi Central Library reopens in 2026.

All of our collections will still be available to be reserved, and they will be redistributed across our other libraries and Te Pātaka, our Collection and Distribution Centre. We look forward to seeing you back at another Wellington library soon.

Read our full FAQs below:

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