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Onerahi Library

Information about Onerahi Library.
Updated: 9/03/2018 2:36 p.m.
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  • Commins Road, Onerahi, Whangarei
    Opposite Onerahi shopping centre

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 - 5 pm
    Closed between: 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
    Saturday: 10 am - 12 noon
    Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

    Contact us

    Phone:+64 9 430 4206

What you will find at Onerahi Library

  • Books and Audio Visual Material - including fiction and non fiction titles for children, teens and adults, large print, talking books, magazines, movies and music.

  • Information Desk - we are happy to assist you with your queries and to help you find specific items to borrow.

  • Computers and Internet - for a small fee you can browse the internet, check your emails or use Microsoft Office software.
    Printing facilities are also available.

  • More information about computers and internet services
  • Wifi - available during Library opening hours.
    Purchase vouchers to access wifi:
    $1 for 1 day or $5 for 7 days access.
    Vouchers don't have to be used on consecutive days and can be used at any Whangarei Libraries branch.

  • More information about Library Wifi services
  • Photocopying - including a scanning service.  

  • Parking - there is free car parking nearby.


The creation of the Onerahi Library was greatly assisted by the bequest of Thomas Joseph Griffin. Mr Griffin was born and brought up in Kamo, and farmed land at 'Totara Grove', between Kamo and Tikipunga.

On his death in 1959, Mr Griffin left a legacy to the then Whangarei Borough Council to be applied towards additions to the Whangarei Public Library buildings. Upon the death of Mrs Griffin in 1971, this legacy became available and was used for the extension of the public library service to Onerahi.

The Whangarei City Council began planning the building of a branch library at Onerahi in the early 1970's. In May 1971 suitable land was found and purchased from the Fire Board.

In December 1972, the Council accepted a tender from Keith Hay Ltd for a smaller and simpler Library building than had originally been planned due to budget constraints. By late August the prebuilt timber frame was moved to its future location. On 14 November 1973 the Onerahi Branch of the Whangarei Public Library was opened.

In August 2007 another small building surplus to Council needs was relocated behind the library. 


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