Aranui Library and the community

KindergartenPortsmouth Street Kindergarten visit the library

Portsmouth St Kindergarten visited the new Aranui Library on Friday 24 August 2012. They were the first visitors to the nearly completed library.
The children have been regular visitors during the construction and the builders suggested they might like to decorate the walls inside the pumphouse.
Librarians welcomed the children and helped them paint. Jan-Hai told stories and all the children were given bubble mix. They had a great time back at kindy blowing bubbles in the sunshine.

See the pictures of their visit.

Aranui planting dayCommunity planting day

Locals and librarians turned out on a perfect morning to start the planting around the library. A lot of native grasses went in and there is more to come with native shrubs and cabbage trees. The surrounds will be beautiful.


The Vision – Te Puawaitanga o te Tangata – The Blossoming of People

Aranui Library will be:

  • A warm, welcoming, safe people space, reflecting the uniqueness and diversity of its community.
  • A place which is a source of pride and inspiration to all, equipped with the technology and surroundings to encourage communication, creativity and learning and systems to encourage independent use and self-service.
  • A place for everyone.
  • A place to connect with people, information, collections, programmes and resources.
  • A stimulating place, a modern and innovative place.
  • A place which feels like ‘our place’ to the people of Aranui.

It will be a place to meet friends, get books and other resources, use the internet, learn and relax.


E koekoe te Tui,
E ketekete te Kākā
E kūkū te Kererū

The Tui chatters,
The Parrot gabbles
The Wood Pigeon coos

‘It takes all kinds of people…’

Manu Tukutuku (Māori kite)

He taonga tuku iho, ko te manu tukutuku,
kua ngaro atu kē ki ngā hau e whā,
kua whakamīharo ā tātou nei ngākau,
kia puta ake ki te whaiao, ki te ao marama.

A treasured kite lost to the winds,
brings much joy when found again

A metaphor for bringing new life to the community.

Community activities

  • Membership drives featuring New Pacific Underground
  • AFFIRM festival.