Taituarā is a recipient of a New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) Strategic Partnership Grant from Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa | the National Library of New Zealand to retain and support local government library services to help further community recovery from COVID-19.

The Grant, part of a $5.24 million funding package announced today by Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Jan Tinetti, will see Taituarā work with Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) to drive a coordinated approach to national data collection, linking data to well-being outcomes to demonstrate the vital role that public libraries have in supporting and promoting community well-being. The work will draw on data intelligence in the Taituarā Community Well-being Service data warehouse, and within PLNZ’s LibPAS data from 300+ libraries nationwide.

Taituarā Chief Executive Karen Thomas is delighted with the partnership announcement and is looking forward to progressing the project with PLNZ.

“Community interconnectedness is more crucial than ever, and public libraries have an important role to play strengthening connections within and across communities.

“I’m really pleased to that we can partner with central government and PLNZ to and support the work of libraries.”

In July 2020, the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme (NZLPP) funding package was announced and committed to fund and support over 180 people in library roles and ensure free and easy access to the internet and library digital services.

As part of the NZLPP, Taituarā was invited to submit a proposal for a strategic partnership grant. The non-contestable grants are an opportunity to build on the work already delivered by the NZLPP and broaden it to support to the wider library sector in a strategic way that contributes to its sustainability.