Re-Create: Strategic Meeting 2016





Public Libraries of New Zealand

Strategic Meeting 2016

Information for Delegates

Re-Create is our opportunity to do just that. To Re-Create the strategic framework for public libraries. Our current framework runs to 2017. Public Libraries of New Zealand has initiated an extensive project to re-imagine our future. We are consulting widely with stakeholders, undertaking research with library users and non-users and, thanks to the support of Allen + Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists, undertaking an environmental scan and literature review.

Re-Create is phase one of listening to our members around your strategic needs and learning. This meeting marks a change from recent years, as we look to understand your vision for the future and the major influences on this. We'll consider the changing make-up of New Zealand communities, the opportunities for libraries to drive growth at a local level, community identity and partnership, and the needs of future generations. We hope you'll join us ready to innovate and (re-)create.

Further engagement in our strategic process will take place through regional meetings, online discussions and during our 2017 strategic meeting. This is your opportunity to challenge one another around the future of public libraries, to listen to your peers and selected experts, and to begin to define the mission, purpose and objectives of public libraries as we head to 2020 and beyond.

Our programme is built around the outcomes that public libraries deliver - social, economic and educational. We'll also consider how New Zealand will look in the middle of this century and what this means for our public library services. Our speakers will be confirmed later this month however, our most important participants are our members and invited guests, this is your opportunity to shape the future.


Registration has now closed.

Dinner will be held at the Siem Reap on Dixon Street, Wellington


Re-Create takes place on 5 and 6 April 2016. The programme is now available. Our facilitator will be Sue Roberts, Auckland University Librarian. Confirmed speakers include Ray Wallace (Mayor of Hutt City), Natalie Jackson (Professor of Demography) Justin Duckworth (Anglican Bishop of Wellington), Bill Macnaught (National Librarian), Marianne Archibald (Innovation Leader at Whanganui and Partners), Sally Patrick (Group Manager, Community and Cultural, at Wanganui) and Anya Satyanand (Executive Officer at Ara Taiohi).


Re-Create takes place at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, Hutt City. Our thanks to Hutt City Council for their support with the organisation of this year's strategic meeting. The Walter Nash Centre is a brand new fully integrated community hub, including a sports venue, leisure and learning space and community library.

Getting there

The Walter Nash Centre is only 5 minutes from State Highway 2 (just off High Street in Hutt City), the centre has ample parking and is a 200 metre walk from the Taita train station on the Hutt Valley Line. Services run at least half hourly throughout the week and travel takes approximately 25 minutes from Wellington CBD. The Airport Flyer connects with the Hutt Valley Line at Wellington train station. 

We will provide a bus between Wellington City and the Walter Nash Centre at the start and end of each day. Seats will be on a first come, first served basis. You can book a ticket on the bus as part of the registration process.


Hutt City has many accommodation options. Boulcott Lodge and Silverstream Retreat are perhaps the most convenient however, public transport users may prefer close to the station in Wellington. Rydges Wellington is a good option. Please note that our Members' Dinner will take place in Wellington CBD.


Our Members' Dinner will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 April. Our speaker will be Tim Miller of the School of Design at Victoria University.

We will be hosted at Siem Reap, serving traditional authentic cambodian food. Siem Reap is on Dixon Street in Wellington CBD.

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