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Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā rauemi pakeke mā ngā kaikōrero Kiripati Adults resources for Kiribati speakers

Wellington City Libraries is expanding its small collections in Kiribati language, but there are many resources in English which may be of interest to Pacific people.


The Central Library has a wide selection of newspapers from around New Zealand. Newspapers cannot be borrowed - they must be read in the library.


The Library does not get any magazines specifically on Kiribati, but there are many journals which cover the Pacific Islands which are held by the Central Library. These can be found on the First or Second Floors.

You may read magazines at the Library, or borrow them for one week with your Library Card (older copies only).

Books in Kiribati

Wellington Central Library is looking at expanding its tiny collection in Kiribati for adults. We would be very keen to consider your Suggestion to buy.

The world language section is on the First Floor of the Central Library. Iango mai Kiribati = Stories from Kiribati is one book the library has.

Books in English

Most books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Our books are organised by a numbering system and the same system is used at all branches. For example, The Road Code for car, motor cycle and truck driver's licenses is shelved at 343.0946 DON. There are copies at all Libraries and they can be borrowed for 1 week. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 428: learning English
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 500s: science, astronomy, plants, trees and animals
  • 700s: art, craft & music, dance, movies & entertainment
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including Pacific history (996) and geography & travel (919.6681)

The library does not have a Kiribati language dictionary but check the Kiribati-English Dictionary by Hiram Bingham and Father Sabatier.

Some further books:
Te rii ni Banaba by Raobeia Ken Sigrah, Stacey M. King.
Akekeia! : traditional dance in Kiribati by Tony & Joan Whincup.
Traditional stories from the Northern Gilberts = Karaki n Ikawai mai Kiribati Meang collected and written by Ten Tiroba ; translated by Reid Cowell.

DVDs and Music CDs

CDs and DVDs may be borrowed for 1 week with your Library Card. A borrowing fee is charged for Sound & Vision materials.

Music CDs are on the Ground Floor of Central Library, in the Sound & Vision Centre. Look for the World Music: Pacific section for CDs of the Pacific Islands.

Learning English

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Focus on IELTS by Susan O'Connell.

We have:

  • Books, tapes, videos, CDs and CD-ROMs to help you improve your English
  • Grammar, vocabulary books and dictionaries
  • Books about living in New Zealand, including cooking, parenting and health
  • Stories to enjoy.

These items are available in the Adult Learning Collection, the main collection at 420.7 and 428.24, and the Central Sound & Vision Centre. There are Adult Learning collections at Central, Newtown, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori Libraries.

All of these items are FREE to borrow and are issued for 3 weeks. You can borrow as many items as you like.

For more information, visit our English as a Second Language pathfinder.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

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