World Languages arrive at Arapaki Library

After Zines and Learning English, World Languages is the third new collection to be added to our CBD branch, Arapaki Manners Library on 12 Manners Street. You can now borrow books from Arapaki for adults in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Arapaki is our fourth branch to have an adult book collection in Chinese, but the only one to currently hold French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

You can also borrow books for adults in Chinese from our branches in Johnsonville, Karori and Newtown. Newtown Library also has books in Punjabi, Samoan, and other Pacific Island languages, such as Cook Is., Fijian, Niuean, Tokelauan, Tongan, and Tuvaluan. In addition to Chinese, Johnsonville Library also has an adult Hindi book collection. One of our other larger branches, Kilbirnie, has adult books in Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Sinhalese, and Tamil.

If you are after other languages in our World Languages collection, such as Catalan, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Thai, and Vietnamese, they will be available to reserve soon from our warehouse in Johnsonville!

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

Since 1975 New Zealand has celebrated Māori Language Week and each year it has become more and more of a major fixture with many events held over the week.  The week which runs from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th September provides a chance to promote positive experiences and to gain a new awareness of the Māori language, and for those that speak the language an opportunity to use it and share it with others.  The theme chosen for 2019 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.  ‘Kia Kaha’ is often used and understood by many in New Zealand as meaning ‘be strong’.  So ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ means  – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Kōhunga Kōrero at Arapaki Manners – Māori language storytime

Come along to our new city library branch ‘Arapaki Manners’ for storytime in te reo Māori and get ready for the start of Māori Language Week.  It’s exciting to again be able to offer a children’s storytime in the CBD and there will be lots of waiata and stories.



What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Saturday 7th September 10:00 – 10:30 am
Where: Arapaki Manners Library, 12 Manners Street
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers and primary aged children



Māori Language Pre-school Storytimes and Baby Rock & Rhyme

We are also going to run some of our regular preschool storytimes and  Baby Rock & Rhyme in te reo Māori during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.  These are enjoyable no matter what level of te reo Māori you have.   The free, weekly interactive sessions are a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality ‘one-on-one’ time with your child and have fun with te reo Māori.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Māori as the presenters make it fun for everyone. Pre-school storytimes are fun and free – there’s no charge, and you don’t have to book.  

What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Monday 9th September 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Karori Library, 247 Karori Road
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers

What: Baby Rock n Rhyme  in te reo Māori
When: Tuesday 10th 9:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Island Bay Library, 167 The Parade
Who: for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays, and stories

What: Preschool Storytime – in te reo Māori
When: Wednesday 10th 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Kilbirnie Library, 101 Kilbirnie Cres
Who:  A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers 

After Māori Language Week

Once Māori Language Week is over you can still attend Māori language storytimes.  Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori libraries. Open to anyone, these free thirty-minute sessions feature stories, rhymes, and waiata in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers

Kōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori. E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Te Māhanga (Karori) Library
247 Karori Road, Karori

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2 pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates.

An introduction to CBD Arapaki Manners

Arapaki Manners Library is now in its third week! It’s been great to see plenty of familiar faces, and to sign up many new patrons. In case you haven’t been in yet, here’s a rundown of the core parts of our collection.

Adult fiction
Our shelves are packed with the best new fiction and a range of brilliant titles that will keep you turning pages throughout the day and all through the night.

Adult non-fiction
We have a diverse array of travel books, poetry, cook books, science, history, economics, politics, self-help, health, and computer guides! Fuel your passion, engage your curiosity and learn from some of the greatest minds.

Arapaki holds a range of the most popular magazines covering topics from aviation to photography to home décor.

Film and television on DVD
We have hundreds of the latest and greatest DVDs of all genres for your perusal.

Music CDs
Plenty of popular and recent releases from around the globe, as well as some of the best new music from Wellington and Aotearoa await you.

Māori Collection
Located within the non-fiction collection, we have a section of titles exploring Te Ao Maori. The collection offers a great opportunity to learn about Māori art and culture and the history of Aotearoa.

Audiobooks on CD
Popular authors include David Baldacci and Camilla Läckberg amongst others!

Adult graphic novels
Keep up-to-date with the latest titles, or cast your eyes over the modern classics we have at Arapaki.

Arapaki holds the current issue only of the Dominion Post, the New Zealand Herald the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian.

Young adult fiction and comics
Riveting reads lurk amongst the YA shelves. Find tales of adventure, struggle and self-discovery.

Children’s content
We have a bounty of gorgeous picture books, eager to read learner’s books, junior comics, audiobooks, fiction and some remarkable non-fiction titles! There’s plenty here for kids to browse.

Arapaki Manners Library is open:

  • Monday–Friday, 8am–7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am– 5pm

Nau mai, haere mai. Come in today, and look out for more blogs highlighting interesting and quirky parts of our collection!