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Whananaki Library

This page contains information about Whananaki Community Library.
Updated: 30/06/2020 2:45 p.m.
Whananaki Community Library photo.
  • Whananaki North Road, beside the Whananaki Store and behind the Whananaki Hall. 42km northeast of Whangarei.

    Opening hours

    Wednesday and Saturday: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

    Contact us

    Phone:Helen Barron +64 9 433 8252
    Postal:Counter Delivery
    Whananaki Post Centre
    RD 1
    Hikurangi 0181

Library services

Our collection comprises of:

For adults:

  • fiction
  • non Fiction
  • classical books.

Children’s Corner:

  • picture books
  • junior books
  • young adult books
  • preschoolers’ books.

Library members are able to borrow magazines that have been donated to the  library. We also subscribe to New Zealand Geographic, New Zealand Consumer and Memories magazines.


The library is open for 3 hours, 2 days a week, staffed by 12 voluntary   librarians on a 6 week roster. A committee of 8 meet about 6 times a year to administer the general running of the library.


Library membership is made up of residents and rate-payers of the Whananaki North and South communities. As this is a holiday area, each summer we allow visitors and campers temporary library membership for a $10 fee. 


In 1976 a library was formed in Whananaki and consisted of a shelf in the local hall. It was serviced by the National Library Services Mobile Van. This continued until 1991 when the National Library service was discontinued.
A decision was made to establish a library for the community with help from the Whangarei District Council.
A new building was erected and opened in 1992. After nine years we had outgrown our small building and a new library was built with financial help from the ASB Community Trust. It opened for business in March 2002.

Fund raising

The library is funded by an annual Whangarei District Council grant and fundraising by the community. This fundraising takes place annually during the peak holiday season to take advantage of the increase in population.
A camper hamper of donated goodies is raffled and early in January a Book and  Baking Sale is held at the local hall usually netting about $2,000 for library funds.

In 1995 we received a Logan Campbell grant to gather historical data.
The collection of personal memories and photos pertaining to the history of the Whananaki area is ongoing by several members of the community. It is proposed that proper storage of this reference material be installed in the library building.


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