Taituarā and Public Libraries New Zealand (PLNZ) have received a New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme Strategic Partnership Grant from the Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa | the National Library of New Zealand to retain and support local government library services post COVID-19.

The Grant is part of a $5.24 million funding package announced by Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Jan Tinetti in July 2021.

Taituarā and PLNZ are working together 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.

As part of the joint programme of work, a TeamSite has been established - Public Libraries CoCre8 Well-being to share information and profile case studies that showcase public library services and their councils’ commitment to community well-being now and in the future.