✍🏼 Write and win! Enter your Matariki-themed short story and you could win a $500 prezzy card!

Matariki Short Story Competition

Great prizes up for grabs!

Age categories:

  • 13-18 years: Winner gets a $500 prezzy card
  • 8-12 years: The winner gets a $200 book voucher.

PLUS, you’ll both get your story published on Lingogo and
win a Lingogo subscription for your school. Enter now!

What's Lingogo?

Lingogo is Aotearoa’s raddest library app for dual-language Māori & Pacific stories with audio. 

Help us celebrate Matariki 2021 by entering our short story competition before June 30. You could be flying into the Māori new year as a published author with some extra moolah in your pocket!

Competition Details

Stories must be:

  • about Matariki. Interpret that any way you want. We’ll accept fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or traditional, and all genres.
  • between 50-400 words submitted as a word doc or pdf.
  • an original, unpublished piece of work by you.
  • written in English or te reo Māori.
  • Submitted by midnight 30 June, 2021.

Who can enter:

  • You must be a NZ citizen and have parental approval.
  • You must be between 8-18 years of age.

Bring your little ones to Waste Free Wanda, a fun music and storytime session with an important lesson! ♻️🦜

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Perfect for preschoolers and families who love to sing and dance! 🎶

Join NZ’s newest environmental superhero Waste Free Wanda for a fun and interactive music and storytime session at the library!

Check out some of Wanda's songs before the show!

Read and listen to stories in te reo Māori and Pacific languages with audio and English translations!

Epic indigenous stories in

Enjoy. Learn. Connect.

Interested in the local indigenous culture but not quite sure how to get involved?

Loving your own reconnection and language learning journey but struggling to find immersion opportunities?

Fluent, well connected, and keen to spend more down time in your own language and culture?

Lingogo is built for you

What's available?

✅ Māori ebooks

✅ Samoan ebooks

Coming soon...

⏳ Tongan ebooks

⏳ Niuean ebooks

...more titles added monthly!

Use Lingogo for free!

1. Download the Lingogo App for free on Android or iOS

2. Tap to choose your library and find "Invercargill City Libraries"

3. When asked, enter your library card number (find it on the back of your library card)

4. Ka pai! You're ready to explore the entire collection of stories!

Epic indigenous dual-language stories.

Explore 150 years of local government history

This June the Invercargill City Council will celebrate 150 years of local government.

A display featuring some of the significant events and people from 1871 to the present day is open to the public on the first floor in the non-fiction area.

A timeline, photos, quick facts and historic items are presented in the easily accessible glass-sided space. Pop in and find out when Invercargill got its first parking meters, traffic lights and other interesting local facts!

Learn to sign! Sign-up to a FREE Sign Language Taster Class 🧏‍♂️

Every year, Deaf Aotearoa celebrates and promotes New Zealand Sign Language during NZSL Week. As part of this, Deaf Aotearoa provides free NZ Sign Language Taster Classes.

We’ll be hosting two Sign Language Taster Class sessions here at the Library on Saturday 15 May, starting at 12pm and 1pm respectively. No experience is required, and these classes are open to adults and children aged 4+.

Lasting about 45-minutes, the sessions will be lead by sign language advocate and president of the Southland Deaf Club, Roger Strong.

There are limited places in each session so what are you waiting for?