At Alert Level 2 most our branches will open from Thursday 9 September, but with some restrictions in place to keep staff and the community safe (more information about Libraries at Level 2).

Wellington City Libraries

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Tongan Resources for Adults

Wellington City Libraries have small collections in the Tongan language. The English collections cover a huge range of topics, including books on Tonga.


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


Matangi Tonga is held at the Central Library and Newtown branch libraries. Copies are held for 5 years.

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

Books in Tongan

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

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
  • 499.4: Tongan-English language books and dictionaries
  • 500s: Science, astronomy, plants, trees and animals
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, craft & music, tapa, movies & entertainment
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including Pacific history (996) and geography & travel (919.612)

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The art of Tonga =
Ko e ngaahi'aati' o Tonga
by Sari Cole.

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Ko e tohi a e Reed ki he lea
Tonga heliaki
by Okusitino Mahina.

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Queen Salote of Tonga :
the story of an era, 1900-1965
by Elizabeth Wood-Ellem.

Tongan music by Richard Moyle.
Traditional tapa textiles of the Pacific by Roger Neich and Mick Pendergrast.

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: Tonga or World Music: Pacific sections.

tongan music CDFaikava : the Tongan kava circle
Ad and Lucia Linkels recorded songs sung at kava sessions between 1986 and 1990.

Improving your English

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Focus on IELTS by Susan O'Connell.

In our collection we have:

  • 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 subject guide.

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

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