The Garden Party, a fresh new summer festival – plus giveaway

A new summer festival is coming to Pōneke, organised by the wonderful people who bring us the Verb Festival and The Spinoff. It’s called The Garden Party, and it promises to be a fabulous celebration of music, talks and food aimed at the whole family.

So, gather friends and whānau and come along to the Botanic Garden Soundshell on the 20th and 21st of February for a weekend full of the interesting and the delicious!



Saturday 20 February & Sunday 21 February, 10am – 3:30pm


Botanic Garden Soundshell — View on Google Maps

What’s on the programme?

The full timetable will be out on 9 February, but Festival artists include Witi Ihimaera, Elizabeth Knox, Noelle McCarthy, Leonie Hayden, Linda Clark, Toby Manhire, Toby Morris, Rachel Haydon and many more.

For a full list of artists and the very latest details, visit Verb Wellington’s Garden Party website.

Entry to the festival is free or by donation if you can.

More about The Garden Party


To celebrate this upcoming series of events, we have a copy of The Nature Activity book by Rachel Haydon to give away — along with a (very stylish) Verb Tote bag!

To go into the draw, email us at and tell us which Garden Party event excites you the most this year and why.

The winner will notified via email. Good luck!

Sneak peek

Navigating the Stars – Taki Rua Productions and Witi Ihimaera

Verb Wellington in partnership with Taki Rua Productions bring Witi Ihimaera’s new book Navigating The Stars off the page, in a special Garden Party performance reading with live music directed and led by Maiava Nathaniel Lees.

Sunday 21 February, 10am

Big Fun Family Quiz — with hosts Toby Morrs & Toby Manhire

Toby Morris & Toby Manhire (The Spinoff) host a quiz full of fun questions for the whole family with special cameo guests. Win prizes, come dressed as your favourite book characters for bonus points.

Sunday 21 February, 11.30am

…And there are loads of other activities planned too (flag making, nature activity fun with Rachel Haydon, a treasure hunt, string ‘o’ spells, and the nature activity book walking tour), so keep an eye out for the full timetable coming soon on Verb Wellington’s The Garden Party webpage.

Summer reading

With the holiday season quickly approaching many readers will be seeking books to enjoy on long lazy days in the (hopefully) summer sun. Here in the fiction area of Central Library we have several display areas that we guarantee will provide some great escapist reading.

We have a special Summer Reads display where we will display a range of older diverse genres that have proven very popular.

We have our Librarian’s and Reader’s choice display that is so popular with fiction browsers. Daily returned material provides a constant change of content.

There is the New Zealand Fiction display that highlights the amazing talent and varied breadth of theme New Zealand writers create.

Not forgetting our popular Fiction Stack display, we have gems from our closed stack shelves. Many readers will have forgotten about, or been unaware of these older publications.

Lastly of course are the New Fiction display shelves. As new material is arriving daily, the most recently published gems can be found by the alert browser.

We hope you have a happy reading summer.

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