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Nancy Bertler Talk

Planning for our Future: The Science We Need to Know

GNS Science is presenting a series of talks to inform, educate and raise awareness of key environmental and geological issues facing the Hutt Valley (and beyond) in the next 100 years.

Come along and ask questions to initiate an informed dialogue on the issues that will affect our region by 2100. All talks are FREE

Hutt Valley aquifer – where does our drinking water come from?
Dr Uwe Morgenstern
The Hutt valley aquifer supplies up to 70% of the entire region’s water demand. GNS Scientists have studied this body of water hidden in sediments beneath the ground to find out how much water can it hold, its age and where the water comes from. Dr Morgenstern is New Zealand’s leading aquifer dating specialist and characterises underground water movement in large aquifers.
War Memorial Library Thursday 6 April, 6pm

Going up or going down? - The Hutt Valley in a big earthquake
Mr Russ Van Dissen
Fault rupture, strong ground shaking, liquefaction, sinking, uplift, and landslides are all major issues the Hutt Valley faces in large earthquakes. Recent research has identified and further characterized vulnerable zones around the Hutt Valley. Russ Van Dissen is an earthquake specialist who has extensively studied the Wellington Fault and earthquake hazards in the Wellington regions for the past several decades, he is also leader to the It's Our Fault project.
War Memorial Library Thursday 20 April, 6pm

Tsunami Risks – What’s the rush?
Dr William Power
Tsunamis are an ever present threat to coastal New Zealand. What are the implications for Petone and the inner harbour area? Dr William Power will discuss the areas of high risk around the Hutt and Wellington regions and discuss initiatives to protect local communities and raise awareness about the danger that tsunamis present.
War Memorial Library Thursday 4 May, 6pm

Particulates and polluters - Air quality issues in the Hutt Valley
Dr Perry Davy
Harmful air particulates are a leading cause of respiratory disease, and in the Hutt Valley, incidences of poor air quality are evident in some suburbs like Wainuiomata due to high woodburner use in winter. Improved council initiatives are decreasing the incidence of particulate exceedances. But what about people who persist in burning treated timber causing harmful toxins in the air? What about other worrying sources of air particulates around the Hutt Valley?
War Memorial Library Thursday 18 May, 6pm

Measuring our CO2 emissions - why should we care?
Dr Jocelyn Turnbull
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have topped 400ppm and are still rising. New Zealand and the world are still dependent on self-reporting by industry to know our CO2 emissions. Dr Jocelyn Turnbull leads a new program at GNS Science to measure and model CO2 emissions across a range of different scales including individual power plants, urban and national emissions. How does the Hutt Valley stack up in terms of global CO2 pollution?
War Memorial Library Thursday 1 June, 6pm

Discover your WW1 Soldier

Discover Your WWI Soldier

Do you know of someone who served in the New Zealand Army during WWI? Would you like to find out more about them?

Discover how to access and interpret their military personnel records at this FREE hands-on workshop with Jeffrey Russell.

War Memorial Library Tuesday 11 April, 6pm

Spaces are limited. Register online at Discover Your WWI Soldier.

Connect Create

Connect and Create – School Holiday Events

Connect and create at Hutt City Libraries during the school holidays!

All events are FREE and aimed at ages 5-12 unless otherwise specified

Wainuiomata Library Tuesday 18 April, 2pm
Ever wanted to design, colour and create your very own bookmark? Well now you can! (Ages 3-13)

War Memorial Library Wednesday 19 April, 11.30am
Weaving friendships - Join us to create wearables for your friends and family.

Moera Library Thursday 20 April, 10.30am
Get creative and design a self-portrait using pictures of fruit and vegetables.

Stokes Valley Library Thursday 20 April, 2pm
Writers workshop - Warm up your brain cells (and your body parts) with some fun writing challenges! (Ages 8+)

Eastbourne Library Friday 21 April, 11am
Hear local author, Anne Manchester, read from her children’s book Toughen up Andrew! before some dog themed activities and a quiz!

Wainuiomata Library Friday 21 April, 2pm
Our super tricky connect the dot pictures are not for the faint of heart! Will you be up to the challenge? (Ages 13-18)

War Memorial Library Friday 21 April, 3.45pm
Lego Legends - Connect everything together and make amazing Lego creations at the library. Limited to ages 5+ due to safety requirements

Naenae Library Saturday 22 April, 2pm
Join us for some stories about war and help create poppies for our Anzac Day display.

Petone Library Saturday 22 April, 2pm-4pm
Go dotty! Create some dot art or have a go at connecting the dots – are you our Connect Four champion?

Moera Library Thursday 27 April, 10.30am
Want your own pet? Come in and create one using a paper towel roll!

Stokes Valley Library Thursday 27 April, 1pm
Learn how to make a simple stop motion animation and create a short dinosaur movie. Spaces limited. Register online

War Memorial Library Thursday 27 April, 2pm
Shake, rattle, and roll your way to the library for a GIANT afternoon of board game delight.

Wainuiomata Library Thursday 27 April, 4pm
Lego Legends - Connect everything together and make amazing Lego creations at the library. Limited to ages 5+ due to safety requirements

Eastbourne Library Friday 28 April, 11am
Pop up Lego Legends! Get connecting and make amazing Lego creations at the library!

Wainuiomata Library Friday 28 April, 2pm
Bring a friend and challenge them to a game of Connect Four! Who will be the ultimate winner and get the Connect Four crown? (All ages)

Petone Library Sunday 30 April, 2pm-4pm
Lego Legends - Connect everything together and make amazing Lego creations at the library. Limited to ages 5+ due to safety requirements

Petone Library All holidays
Connect with your past: What was happening on the day you were born? Why is your street name called that? What did your school look like in the past?

Stokes Valley Library All holidays
Challenge your friends (or even one of the Librarians) to a game of Scrabble!

Taita Library and the Walter Nash Centre
Come and try something new every day! For more information phone 04 560 1094 or visit

Orchestra of the Spheres

Orchestra of Spheres present ‘Your Music is Rubbish’

Build your own instrument! Create a costume! Explore musical worlds!

Wellington band Orchestra of Spheres have toured the world numerous times collecting ideas and inspiration and are now coming to Naenae Clubhouse for a series of workshops.

Don’t miss out on this chance to expand your musical and creative universe!

Dressing your Dreams (Costume Workshop)
Tuesday 18 April, 2pm-4pm

Exploring Musical Worlds (Listening and musical discussions)
Wednesday 19 April, 2pm-4pm

Listening and Creating with Sound
Thursday 20 April, 2pm-4pm

Invented Instruments (Make your own instrument)
Friday 21 April, 2pm-4pm

Workshops are for ages 8-12, and spaces are limited. Email to secure your place.

Stepping Up

Stepping UP Computer Classes

Computer classes run with the 2020 Trust are back again for 2017!

Classes are for Hutt City residents with basic, or no computer skills and are offered at Naenae Library, Petone Library, Stokes Valley Community House, Taita Library, Wainuiomata Library, and War Memorial Library.

View the Term 1 Class Timetable.

View the Term 1 Class Descriptions.

Registrations for term 1 will are now open and are essential. Register online, phone 570 6633 or visit your local library.

Classes begin Tuesday 7 February.

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Regular Events for Children

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Baby Bounce

A weekly half-hour programme of songs, rhymes and fingerplays especially for children aged 0-2 years and their parent/caregiver.

Building a foundation for literacy starts as soon as a child is born, and every story, song, rhyme or fingerplay strengthens that foundation. Help your child get a head start by joining other parents and their little ones for companionship, fun and interaction.

Choose the day or library that suits you best:

Eastbourne Library Mondays 10.30am

War Memorial Library Mondays 10.10am and 11.10am, Wednesdays 2.15pm

Stokes Valley Library Tuesdays 10.30am

Stokeswood Rest Home, Stokes Valley Second Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm

Petone Library Tuesdays 10.30am, Fridays 10.30am, Saturdays 10.30am

Taita Library Wednesdays 11am

Naenae Library Tuesdays 10.10am

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10.30am, Saturdays 2pm

Preschool Storytime

Pre-School Storytime

A weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. Join us for a half-hour of stories and songs.

Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.

Morning sessions are at:

Naenae Library Wednesdays 10.30am

Moera Library Wednesdays 11am

Petone Library Thursdays 10.30am

Stokes Valley Library Thursdays 10.30am

Taita Library Tuesdays 10am

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays 10.30am

Afternoon sessions are at:

Eastbourne Library Wednesdays 2pm

War Memorial Library Tuesdays 2pm



An hour long monthly group for 9-12 year olds who love reading.

We talk about books, explore new ideas and most importantly have fun!

Wainuiomata Library Second Tuesday of the month, 4pm

Eastbourne Library Second Thursday of the month, 4pm

Naenae Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Lego Legends

Become a Lego Legend!

Make amazing Lego creations at the library and become a Lego Legend!

Limited to ages 5+ due to safety requirements

Naenae Library First Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Taita Library Every Second Saturday of the month and Last Friday of the Month 3.30pm

War Memorial Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm
Spaces are limited. You can book in 15 minutes before this session starts.

Wainuiomata Library Last Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm (Starts Thursday 30 March)

Petone Library Last Sunday of the month, 2pm-4pm

Code Club Aotearoa

Code Club

Code Club is now fully booked. Please register your interest by contacting

Code Club is a nationwide network of FREE volunteer-led coding clubs for kiwi kids aged 9-12. The aim is for kids to leave Code Club inspired to pursue other digital “making” activities in their spare time, in school, or as a career.

Suitable for kids with limited or no experience coding as kids start out learning basic programming skills using Scratch.

Top Floor, War Memorial Library Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm (during the school term)

For more information about Code Clubs see Code Club Aotearoa.

Teen Suggestion Panel

The Teen Suggestion Panel gives teens the opportunity to shape the way the library supports its youth.

All teens are welcome to come along and hang out!

Wainuiomata Library Fourth Wednesday or the month, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Homework Zone

Homework Zone

Head to Taita Library to find the right materials and the right information to help you get your homework and assignments in on time!

Taita Library Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30pm-4.30pm

XBox Games

Xbox Challenge Series

Let your imagination run wild with Minecraft and other awesome games!

All kids welcome but registration is essential. See staff at Taita Library to register.

Taita Library Sundays, 3.30pm

Crochet for Kids

Come along and learn a new craft! Build your skills and work towards making something for yourself. For kids aged 5-14.

Taita Library Sundays, 10am-12noon

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Regular Events

Book Talks

Library staff talk about the latest non-fiction available at the library. Everyone welcome!

Book Talk SeptSeptember

Book Talk OctoberOctober

Book Talk NovemberNovember

Book Talk FebFebruary

Book Talk MarchMarch

Naenae Library First Monday of the month, 10.30am

Stokes Valley Library First Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Taita Library First Friday of the month, 10.30am

War Memorial Library Last Thursday of the month, 7pm

Book Groups

Friendly and casual book discussion groups that meets once a month, everyone welcome!

Each month there’s a different theme and you’ll have a chance to share what you’ve been reading.

Bring a book that you have enjoyed or just come along and find some great reads at the library!

Eastbourne Library (Books on Wednesday) First Wednesday of the month, 11am






Moera Library (Moera Book Chat) First Thursday of the month, 10.30am






Naenae Library Third Monday of the month, 1pm
Book Group in April is on Monday 24 April due to Easter Monday






Petone Library
Second Sunday of the month 2.30pm (New book group, starts Sunday 9 April)
Third Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm






Stokes Valley Community House Third Monday of the month, 7pm
No Book Group in April due to Easter Monday






Wainuiomata Library
Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am
Second Saturday of the month, 2pm (Repeat session, starts Saturday 8 April)






Taita Library Third Thursday of the month, 11am






Visit the Dowse Art Museum and Petone Settlers Museum

Jump on board the FREE van to The Dowse Art Museum or Petone Settlers Museum!

You’ll have a personal guided tour of the galleries followed by a free cup of tea or coffee.

Talk to any of our staff at Stokes Valley or Taita Library and put your name down for an amazing experience!

Second Monday of the Month
Van leaves Stokes Valley Library at 10.15am and Taita Library (Walter Nash Centre) at 10.30am, returning by 12.30pm.

New Migrants Coffee and Chat

Drop in to have coffee and a talk. Come practice your English and get connected to your local community.

All newcomers welcome.

Taita Library Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm

Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft group at WainuiomataCraft Group
Taita Library Thursdays, 1pm-2pm

Learn tāniko weaving or join us for a cuppa and some good company while you work on your own current craft project.

Craft Group
Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 2pm-4pm
Enjoy some good company while you work on your latest craft project.

Craft and Chat
War Memorial Library Second Sunday of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Join the Crafty Volunteers for their regular monthly crafting session. Bring your current project and enjoy sharing tips and tricks with other crafters. Beginners are welcome to come along and learn how to crochet or knit. Gold coin donation goes towards running costs, which includes afternoon tea.

Adult Colouring In Group
War Memorial Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Come along and colour away with the Lower Hutt Adult Colouring In Group at the War Memorial Library! Materials supplied to get you started. For more information, contact Julie on 566 2006

Adult Colouring In Group
Wainuiomata LibrarySaturdays, 1pm
Come along and colour in at the library! Bring your own materials.

Colouring In Group
Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Relax and enjoy a chat at our friendly colouring-in group. Bring your own materials or colour some of our pages. Tea and Coffee provided.

Scrabble Club

Scrabble Club
Eastbourne Library Fridays, 2pm-4.30pm
Come along and play Scrabble with others in the library! All ages and skill levels welcome. Play one hour Scrabble games and learn how to use the ‘Official Scrabble Players Dictionary’.

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series is run by Hutt City Council Sustainability Officer, Natalie Hormann.

Non-Toxic Diet
Naenae Library Saturday 8 April, 10.30am-11.30am
Whatever your dietary preferences, it always helps to avoid unhealthy additives. Learn about how to read labels, what to look for, what to avoid and how to find alternatives.

Composting and Worm Farming
Stokes Valley Library Saturday 8 April, 12noon-1pm
Do you want a beautiful, lush garden? Learn how to build and maintain your own compost bin, how to make quality fertilizer to feed your garden, and about other composting options such as worm farming.

Regular Services Available

Team Naenae at the Library

Team Naenae Trust at the Library

Come and have a chat to Christine from Team Naenae Trust for all things NAENAE related!

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm and Thursdays, 10am-12noon

Find more about Team Naenae on their Facebook.

Help with Family History

Help with Family History

Members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists are available to assist you with family history enquiries at Petone Library.

Petone Library First and third Wednesday of the month, 10am–12noon, and first Saturday of the month, 10am-12noon

The Hutt Valley Branch of the NZSG hold regular meetings on topics of interest each month. For more information on their meetings see Hutt Valley Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Help with Family History

Family History Drop-in

Need a bit of help researching your family?

Our Family History Specialist are available to assist with family history enquiries and answer questions.

No need to book a spot, just drop-in!

Naenae Library Second Wednesday of the month, anytime between 1pm-2.30pm

Taita Library Fourth Thursday of the month, 11am-12.30pm

Justices of the Peace

Royal Federation of New Zealand Justices Associations Inc

Members of the Hutt Valley & Districts Justices of the Peace Association run clinics at all of our libraries.

Justices of the Peace can assist you with the following:

  • witnessing signatures
  • certifying documents
  • witnessing of Land Transfer and other documents
  • taking of declarations, affidavits or affirmations

For more about on Justices of the Peace see

Eastbourne Library First Saturday of the month, 12noon-1pm

Moera Library Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Naenae Library Third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Petone Library Last Friday of the month, 2pm-3pm

Stokes Valley Library Second Thursday of the month, 1pm-2pm

Taita Library First Monday of the month, 1pm-2pm

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays, 4pm-5pm

War Memorial Library Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm-8pm


Plunket Clinic

Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation, community-owned and governed. They provide a caring, professional whānau service that aims to provide universal access to services for all children and families regardless of ethnicity or location.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 9am-4pm
Contact Plunket on 04 4604660 to make an appointment with the nurse.

Wainuiomata Library Tuesdays, 10am-11.30am

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau

Staff from the Lower Hutt Citizens Advice Bureau are available at the Taita Library to answer your questions.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm

Law for Lunch

Law for Lunch

Bring your lunch and learn more about your legal rights at these popular, free information sessions run by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.

Need some legal help? Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley run free clinics at three of our libraries.

Success with Succession (Maori Land - An Introduction)
Taita Library Thursday 13 April, 12.30pm-1.30pm
War Memorial Library Thursday 14 September, 12.30pm-1.30pm
What is Maori land? What is succession? How can people use the Maori land court? What methods of managing Maori land are available? Come along to an introduction to dealing with Maori land

Let’s talk about debt baby!
Naenae Library Thursday 11 May, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Changed your mind about credit? Wondering how that debt number grew and if you need to pay it all? Was that threatening phone call legal? Come along and learn about all this and more.

Neighbours at War
War Memorial Library Thursday 8 June, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Who pays for the fence? Can I trim that tree? What can I do about the dog next door? Answering all those tricky little questions that arise in our local communities.

Wills I? Wont I?
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 13 July, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Do you need a will and what happens if you die without one. Learn the basics of dealing with the legal systems when loved ones pass on.

Naenae Library Thursday 10 August, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Work and Income Woes
Taita Library Thursday 12 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Learn what you are entitled to and how to go about getting it. Getting scary letters from Work and Income? Want to challenge a decision Work and Income has made? This is the talk for you! Listen to our Community Lawyer talk you through the struggle of dealing with Work and Income.

Employment Rights and Employment Wrongs
Stokes Valley Library Thursday 9 November, 12.30pm-1.30pm
How many breaks should you get? When are you entitled to Annual leave and sick leave? If someone is mean to you at work what can you do? Learn what to do when things go wrong at work.

Community Law

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley Clinics

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley provides community legal services to meet unmet legal needs.

They provide free clinics to help you with any legal questions.

For more information about Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley see

Taita Library Second Monday of the month, 12noon-1pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12noon

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