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 wellbeing outcomes to demonstrate the vital role that public libraries have in supporting and promoting community wellbeing.

The work will draw on data intelligence in the Taituarā Community Wellbeing 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 Wellbeing 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.

February 2023 update

The 'Living Libraries' report, produced by Kate Macnaught and Katherine Davies, has now been published. Read more/access the full report.