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Highbury’s community living room turns 10

Friday April 20 2018

Highbury’s library, Te Pātikitiki is turning 10 years old and is inviting the community to come and share in the celebrations.

Photo shows Te Patikitiki building exterior.

Te Pātikitiki means the flounder, a symbol of abundance – which for the library is seen as fuel for the brain. This concept and others are presented through artworks, including the carvings within the main desk depicting Rangitāne legends.

First-time visitors to the library are treated to its distinct spaces for newspapers, magazines and digital services for people of all ages. Families and individuals are all able to find their own niche within this very special place.

The hospitality section allows people to make a cuppa and heat food, while the large table provides a meeting space.

The sharing table offers everything and anything, from clothes to fruit and packaged food, to ornaments and kitchen items. “It’s just a way of people being able to share with others,” Community Librarian Ruth Tipene says.

The library’s book collections are tailored to the needs and interests of the community. “We really enjoy getting to know our customers and are always happy to recommend new books,” Ruth says.

Staff can also help with scanning and attaching documents to emails, online job applications, CVs and setting up email accounts.

For many visitors, including children, Te Pātikitiki is their second home as it embraces the values of whānau, aroha, whanaungatanga and manaakitanga.

“We’re really looking forward to sharing our special day with our community on Saturday 28 April from 10am to 12pm.”

Kites, food and fun will be the order of the day with an opportunity to check out virtual reality, an open mic for singing, roll-on tā moko and a sausage sizzle.

Not only will Te Pātikitiki’s doors and neighbouring Monrad Park be open but the skies above will be vibrant as Robert van Weers, aka Robert the Kite Man, unfurls his creations.

Library visitors are also being encouraged to deliver flyers in their street, with everyone attending the celebration going into a draw to win a $100 New World voucher, donated by Pioneer New World.