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This page contains information about how the library website is designed to ensure that it is accessible to all users.
Updated: 25/01/2019 9:07 a.m.

Whangarei Libraries follow the New Zealand Government Web Standards, which aim to ensure that government websites are accessible to all users. This means we also follow the W3C standards for HTML 4.01, CSS2, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

Web accessibility

Web accessibility and usability both improve ease of website use. Usability is aimed at ensuring that all website users have a better experience of the website.

Accessibility is aimed at ensuring that all users have equal access to a website and no group or individual is disadvantaged through their inability to use some features or functions.

We have developed this website to ensure we meet the needs of those with the following impairments.


Visual impairments including blindness, various common types of low vision and poor eyesight, various types of colour blindness.


Difficulty or inability to use the hands, including tremors, muscle slowness, loss of fine muscle control etc, due to conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and stroke.


Developmental disabilities, learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.), and cognitive disabilities of various origins, affecting memory, attention, developmental "maturity," problem-solving and logic skills, etc.


Deafness or hearing impairments, including individuals who are hard of hearing.


Photoepileptic seizures caused by visual strobe or flashing effects.

Website navigation

Access keys help you navigate this site by using keyboard shortcuts to get to important pages.

Access Keys and their functions


 Key  Page Location
[ Skip to beginning of main content in the current page
n Skip to the navigation
0 List of Access Keys
1 Whangarei Libraries Homepage
2 Site map
3 Search
9 Contact us
/ Go to



Access Key combinations

Operating System Browser Access Key Combination
PC Windows Internet Explorer 4 and above ALT + Access Key (to focus the link) + ENTER to activate
PC Windows K-meleon ALT + Access Key
PC Windows Mozilla ALT + Access Key
PC Windows Netscape 6 and above ALT + Access Key
PC Windows Opera 7 SHIFT + ESC, followed by Access Key
MAC OS 9 Internet Explorer 4 and 4.5 Not supported
MAC OS 9 Mozilla Not supported
MAC OS 9 Netscape 4 Not supported
MAC OS 9 Opera Not supported
MAC OS X I-Cab 2.8 CONTROL + Access Key *
* You may need to click on the page first
MAC OS X Internet Explorer 5 and 5.1 CONTROL + Access Key *
* Some systems require CONTROL + COMMAND + AccessKey
MAC OS X Mozilla Not supported
MAC OS X Netscape 6 and above CONTROL + Access Key
MAC OS X OmniWeb 4 Not supported
MAC OS X Opera Not supported
MAC OS X Safari Not supported
NOTE: The use of access keys may vary depending on your browser and operating system.


Cascading Style Sheets

Whangarei Libraries uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) throughout the site to style web pages. 

The use of CSS means that web pages are smaller in size, and more accessible to all browsers,  screen readers and handheld devices with small screens.

Other browsers that simply choose not to support CSS will render plain HTML and should not have any readability problems.

Further enquiries

If you would like further online assistance about this website, please visit our help page.


If you have specific enquiries regarding the Libraries web site please contact us.

If you have specific enquiries regarding the Whangarei Libraries web site please contact us.

Phone: +64 9 430 4206



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