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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week

A deep account of Māori Television in its first ten years

An incredibly simple, fun and practical Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders.

Highlights connections between Māori painting traditions and contemporary art practice.

Designed to help babies through to younger children recognise and learn basic vocabulary

These bilingual books are ideal for beginning learners of Maori.

About the people, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Ngai Tahu.

New Zealand’s only publication dedicated to both Maori and Pacific people.

An accessible and fun guide for everyday Kiwis looking to learn and speak the Maori language around the home.

During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an imperial army at the Battle of Ōrakau...

The best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2017.

The Four Day Book Sale

Our Annual Library Book Sale is back!

September 28 marks the beginning of our annual book sale. Bring along your loose change and grab a bargain. This year, due to the refurbishment work, the sale will last 4 days only so get in quick!

Located on the first floor, in the Library Meeting Room, our sale includes ex-library DVDs, CDs, puzzles and a wide range of books.  Doors open 9:00am on September 28 so come and find your next favourite book.

Donald holding book sale items
Customer Experience Team Leader Donald Cunningham sits among some of the items up for sale this year
Catherine amongth the boxes of books
Interloans Librarian Catherine Wilson sits among boxes filled with books and items for sale.

Sale Prices

  • Games and Puzzles $1
  • DVDs $3
  • Electronic Games $3
  • Audiobooks and CDs $3
  • Graphic Novels $2
  • Magazines 50c
  • Non-Fiction Books $1.50
  • Large Print Books $0.50
  • Fiction Books $1 or 6 for $5

Refurbishment Update: Stage 2 complete!

Stage 2 of our refurbishment project is now complete! The newly renovated section of the Library is now open to the public, with all collections once again available to browse. Please be aware construction work will be continuing on with the Children’s Services area being closed off.

Refer to ilibrary.co.nz/library-refurbishment for the latest updates on the Library refurbishment.

Latest Updates

  • Stage 2 is now complete. Work has begun on Stage 3.
  • Adult fiction, large print, young adult, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-rays, music CDs, and videogames can be found in Adult Services.
  • All children's collections can now be found in Adult Services.
  • Construction work will continue on into the Children's Services area.
  • Access to the Library foyer from the Car Park and Dee Street will now open at 9:00am.

Explore Polynesian culture this Polyfest at the Library

Murihiku Polyfest is back for 2018! From 27-31 August, join us at ILT Stadium Southland for a week of incredible cultural performances from early childhood, primary, and secondary school students. Tickets can be purchased from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland.

The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator

Includes articles from the past and present about Maori and Polynesian cultures

A pictorial book about the Fijian Islands, some of the best places to go, as well as the culture and a little bit of history.

Draws on the extensive collection of the Auckland Museum and includes whale bone, shark teeth, jade, tapa and shells

Recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia along with some history and traditions.

Details the key elements of Cook Islands culture including language, religion, rites of passage, personality, and cultural aspects of food.

Make sure to book your tickets from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland!

Making the Invisible Visible: Uncovering the stories of the 1893 Suffrage Petition.

Blomfield, William, 1866-1938 :Behold, she stands at the door and knocks.

Event Details

Wednesday September 12
5:30 – 7:00pm
Note: Car park closes at 7.00 pm

Invercargill Public Library Meeting Room

Join Stefanie Lash from ArchivesNZ as she Uncovers the stories of the1893 Suffrage Petition.

With a focus on the Invercargill and Southland suffragists, Stefanie will discuss some of the interesting people researched so far and demonstrate how visitors can upload their own stories of the suffragists to the ever-expanding database of knowledge about the Women’s Suffrage Petition.

Invercargill was a hotbed of women’s suffrage, and contributed over 1,200 signatures to the suffrage petition that directly led to the passing of the Electoral Act giving women the right to vote. Behind Kate Sheppard and the well-known campaigners of the day were over 25,000 suffragists whose stories are yet to be told. 

The 1893 Petition is on permanent display at He Tohu. He Tohu opened in May 2017 and will be in place for at least 25 years. Stefanie Lash, Lead Curator of He Tohu, will introduce the audience to the magic and mysteries of the Petition document.  The interactive technologies in the exhibition allow visitors to search for their ancestors by name and be instantly taken to the place on the huge roll where their signature lies – but what is this worth without being able to learn the stories of some of these ordinary and extraordinary women? 

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