Storytimes for Waitangi Day


We have some great storytimes planned to celebrate Waitangi Day this year.

Apirana Taylor : Saturday 31 January 2014

Bring the kids along to a special story session session with renowned author, actor and storyteller, Apirana Taylor.  Known for his charismatic and engaging style, Apirana will tell traditional tales accented by taonga pūoru and whai (string games).

 Kōhunga Kōrero at Newtown and Central libraries : Tuesday 4 February and Saturday 7 February

Join in stories and song in Te Reo at our monthly Kōhunga Kōrero storytime at Newtown Library, 10.30 am, Tuesday 4 February, or our special Waitangi weekend edition at the Central Library, 10.30 am,  Saturday  7 February.


SPCA Visiting Storytimes

SPCA LogoAttention young animal lovers – the SPCA will be visiting our Preschool Storytimes over the next few weeks, and bringing along their furry friends for your preschoolers to interact with.

Along with our usual stories, songs and rhymes, the SPCA will talk to the children about ethical pet ownership, how to appraoch and greet animals, and about the SPCA. In the past these storytimes have been very popular as the children love the chance to meet and pet the animals.

Here’s the when and where:

  • Wednesday 2nd April, Newtown Library at 10.30am
  • Thursday 3rd April, Miramar Library at 10.15am
  • Monday 7th April, Karori Library at 10.30am
  • Monday 14h April, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library at 10.30am
  • Tuesday 15th April, Johnsonville Library at 10.30am
  • Wednesday 16th April, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library at 10.30am

Preschool storytimes are our free weekly sessions for 3-4 year olds, that feature stories, songs and rhymes. They are perfect for helping emerging literacy and getting children ready for school. Younger and older children are welcome too. Check out our Kids Events Page for details.


(Note: Wellington City Libraries takes no responsibility for your children demanding to take the animals home, or to get a pet)

Library service changes

As a result of the Wellington City Council Long Term Plan 2012 decisions, our programmes have been reviewed. Programmes with lower attendance could no longer be sustained but this decision was not made lightly. Also considered was the best possible schedule to maximise opportunities for customers to attend programmes in each local community area.

Part of the consideration was whether customers would still be able to have access to services we offer now, although there may be changes to the frequency or how the service operates.

This means:

  • One children’s programme only each weekday at Karori.
  • Cummings Park Baby RocknRhyme will now be on Tuesday at 10.30 starting 2nd October. Pre-school Storytimes will be on Wednesday at 10.30.
  • Holiday programmes at Brooklyn and Island Bay will cease but be retained at Kilbirnie, and Central; they will also be held at Karori or Cummings Park, Johnsonville or Tawa, and Newtown or Miramar.
  • Adult book clubs and Tea and Tales will be self-managed.
  • Johnsonville Pre-school Storytimes on Monday will cease but be retained on Tuesday.
  • Wadestown Pre-school Storytimes will cease.
  • Central library Stories at Seven and Saturday Pre-school Storytime will cease

Catch that fly – author event

Author and illustrator Amy Burrell will be visiting the Preschool Storytime at Wellington Central Library at 10.30am on Friday 17th August. She will be reading aloud her new book Catch That Fly, doing some drawing with children and even has an activity to take home.

Amy will have copies available of her book to collect if parents wish to pre-purchase it.

Come along, listen to some exciting stories with your children on the cushions and they’ll have heaps of fun.

Literaturhaus: Five Days of Reading, Readings and Events


Wellington City Libraries is pleased to announce that we will be hosting events for the temporary Literaturhaus running from 7th February to 11th February 2012.

These events include preschool story times, poetry readings, and two lunch-time events of short readings from current work by upcoming and established writers and translators, and will take place at the Central Library.

One of the highlights: on Wednesday 8th February at 6.15pm, well known Wellington writers, including Elizabeth Knox, Hinemoana Baker, Apirana Taylor and Fiona Kidman will give their unique take on Grimm-inspired themes.

This mobile literary festival has been arranged to celebrate New Zealand being guest of honour at the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt later this year.

See Literaturhaus New Zealand for the full programme of events, and for events held in the Central Library (or at Clark’s Café), check out our Event Calendar

Te Rā o Waitangi : Waitangi Day

Nau mai, haere mai. Please join with us in celebrating te Rā o Waitangi : Waitangi Day – a day of bicultural fun for the whole whānau.

Where & when : Saturday 6 February, Waitangi Park, 11 am-4.30 pm

After a powhiri at 11.00 am, Wellington City Libraries will be supported by storyteller, Moira Wairama, with these storytimes :

11.30 am Maui and the sun
12.30 pm Bilingual weta
1.30 pm. Ngake and Whataitai (taniwha)

In between, at 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, we will be providing an opportunity for children & parents to make badges relating to each storytelling session.

Come also to see our range of books on the Treaty, and enter your name for a random prize draw of books.

You can also test your knowledge of historical events which triggered the signing of Te Tiriti/The Treaty by completing our simple quiz – and go in the draw to win a book prize.

Arohatia te reo! We love te reo!

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Kei te whakanuia te Wiki o te Reo Māori e Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, mā te pakiwaitara reo-rua a te kaikōrero rongonui nei, kaituhi rongonui, kairotarota, kaiako hoki a Moira Wairama.

Ka hāngai tēnei kaupapa kore utu ki te wā pakiwaitara kōhungahunga o ia wiki, ā, he paku waiata hoki.

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Nau mai haere mai.

Wellington City Libraries is celebrating te Wiki o te Reo Māori with a special bi-lingual story time by Moira Wairama a well known storyteller, award winning writer, poet and teacher.

This free session follows the regular pre-school story time and includes some simple waiata.