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Local History Month

Local History Month 2017

Join us to celebrate Local History Month during September 2017. All talks and workshops are FREE.

Did you know we have a Heritage Blog? Check it out for posts from our heritage team about Lower Hutt!

British Newspaper Archive Workshop
Want to search for historical facts or family history in newspapers? Learn how the British Newspaper Archive can help your research with our Family History Specialist, Tricia Meehan.

The British Newspaper Archive has over 700 British newspaper titles from 1710 to 1959.

Spaces are limited. Register by emailing

Wainuiomata Library Tuesday 26 September, 2pm-3:30pm

Market gardening in Lower Hutt
Lower Hutt was once a major source of fruit and vegetables for the Wellington Region. Many of the gardens were in Naenae and Taita but in the 1940s the gardens were taken for state housing. Join our Local History Specialist Clark Stiles for a talk looking at how these changes affected the area.

Naenae Library Wednesday 27 September, 1pm-2pm

SeniorNet Social Morning - From Battlefield to Recuperation: a soldier’s story
Join SeniorNet for a talk by Trevor Rowntree on a soldier’s passage through the military medical system during WWI.

War Memorial Library Friday, 29 September, 10am-12pm

October School Holidays

School Holiday Events

Celebrate all things Sci-Fi at Hutt City Libraries during the school holidays with some out of this world events.

Star Wars storytimes, interstellar Lego, wearable art, 3D printing, Jedi Academy, drama workshops, recycled robots and lots more!

View all our holiday events online or download a brochure.

Drama Hutt Taster Workshops

Drama Hutt Taster Workshops

Join The Drama Hutt for a FREE taster workshop at the library!

The Drama Hutt provides quality drama classes aimed at little people aged 3-8 years old. Classes focus on drama skills, creativity, imagination, literacy and fun, and are run by an experienced, qualified drama teacher and mum. Our focus is to empower your little person, through communication, exploration and belonging. Find out more about The Drama Hutt on Facebook.

Spaces are limited. Email to book in!

Petone Library Thursday 12 October, 3:30pm
Naenae Library Friday 13 October, 10:30am

Children performing yoga poses

Kids Animal Yoga in the Library!

Want your kids to try something new while being active and having lots of fun? Join us for KIDS ANIMAL YOGA with Jeanne from Kula Kids' Yoga and Sara from Seedling Yoga! Show us your best downward dog or maybe a unicorn pose?!

Come along to this taster yoga class for children aged 5 to 12 years. Koha donation on entry appreciated.

Spaces for these classes are limited. Secure your spot and register now via or contacting 04 560 0305.

War Memorial Library Tuesday 3 October, 3:45pm

Stokes Valley Library Wednesday 8 November, 3:45pm

Thumbs Up Music Sessions

Thumbs Up Music Session

Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for a playful session celebrating music and song with Thumbs Up and Claire Hewitt. From our heartbeat to yours be immersed in music for an hour.

Thumbs Up Trust supports the needs, aspirations and on-going development of young people with intellectual and physical disabilities enabling them to actively participate in their community and develop a wide range of new skills and create friendships.

Petone Library First Wednesday of the month, 10am-11am
Wednesday 4 October, 10am-11am
Wednesday 1 November, 10am-11am
Wednesday 6 December, 10am-11am

Seddling Swap

Seed and Seedling Swap

Hutt City Libraries and Team Naenae Trust invite you to bring along your spare seeds, seedlings and garden stuff to swap.

Everyone welcome, even if you have nothing to share - there is always more than enough to go around!

Naenae Library Saturday 30 September, 1pm-2pm.

Design a Robot

Design a 3D Robot or Rocket!

Learn how to design your own 3D robot or rocket with Creative Pathways at Hutt City Libraries!

Find out how a 3D printer works and about the design process – from an idea to a 3D design. After the workshop, we’ll 3D print miniature models of your design for you to pick up and take home.

For children ages 8+. $5 per child. Spaces are limited. Book in at your local Hutt City Library to secure a spot

War Memorial Library Monday 2 October, 10am-12noon (Design a 3D Robot)
War Memorial Library Monday 2 October, 1pm-3pm (Design a 3D Rocket)
Taita Library Thursday 5 October, 10am-12noon (Design a 3D Robot)
Taita Library Thursday 5 October, 1pm-3pm (Design a 3D Rocket)

Stepping Up

Stepping UP Computer Classes – Term 3 Registrations Now Open

Computer classes run with the 2020 Trust are back again for term 3.

You can register online, by phoning 04 570 6633 or visiting your local library.

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

View the Term 3 Class Timetable.

View the Term 3 Class Descriptions.

Term 3 classes start on Monday 24 July.

Write Wainuiomata Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

Sport Wainuiomata and Hutt City Libraries are celebrating National Poetry Day with a writing competition! Submissions must include the word “Wainuiomata” and can be written in English or Māori. Free and open to all ages. Runs from 25 August to 29 September. For more information see

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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

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

Naenae Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Lego Legends

Lego Legends!

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 Second Saturday of the month, 2pm and Last Friday of the Month, 3.30pm

War Memorial Library Third Friday of the month, 3.45pm

Wainuiomata Library Last Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm

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

Discover Group

Hands-on STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing) creative problem solving sessions using Lego for ages 7-12.

Eastbourne Library Second Thursday of the month, 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.

After-school Events

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

Board Games and Card Games

Outwit, outplay, and outscore your friends! Challenge them to chess, checkers, scrabble, spit, speed and many, many more board or card games! For youth (ages 10-18)

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 4pm-5pm

Active Hour

Come along to learn and play a different game every week using the Action Replay sports kits! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Tech Thursday

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? Or have you ever wondered how a website works? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the session for you! Each week will focus on something technology related: anything from how to create your own website, to how a computer works! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 4pm-5pm

VEX Robotics Teen Build

Come and make really cool stuff with WelTec and Victoria University Engineering students!

Learn how to design, make and programme a robot at these workshops specifically for ages 13+.

War Memorial Library Thursdays 3:45pm - 5:30pm

Zine Group

Have you ever wanted to be a journalist or be involved in newspapers? Then get involved and contribute a story, poem, picture or photograph for the new Wainuiomata Community Hub Zine! For youth (ages 10-18).

Wainuiomata Library First Friday of the Month 4pm-5pm

Weekend Makerspace

Let your imagination run wild! Come along to the makerspace to create, invent, design, tinker, explore, discover, build, craft, draw and more! For children and teens (all ages welcome, but young children must be supervised by an adult).

Wainuiomata Library Saturdays 1pm-4pm and Sundays 2pm-4pm

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

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Regular Events

Book Talks

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

Naenae Library First Monday of the month, 10.30am

Stokes Valley Library First Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Taita Library First Thursday 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

Petone Library
Third Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Second Sunday of the month 2.30pm

Stokes Valley Community House Third Monday of the month, 7pm

Wainuiomata Library
Second Thursday of the month, 10.30am

Taita Library Third Thursday of the month, 11am

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.

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

Consumer Conundrums
Naenae Library Tuesday 26 September, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Broken laptop they won’t repair? Doesn’t look like the picture on the box? Dodgy Trade Me deals? Final bill for that plumbing repair much more than you expected? Learn your rights when buying goods and services.

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.

Chat and Chill

A friendly group who offers the opportunity to meet and mingle with people in the age range 50+

Wainuiomata Library Mondays 1pm-3pm

Anxiety and Depression Coffee Group

A support group for people journeying with anxiety and depression. Refreshments are provided.

Wainuiomata Library Thursdays 10:30am-11:30am

Older Adults Library Sessions

Library sessions for older adults (Age Concern)

Join Age Concern at the library! Each session varies - hear a guest speaker or simply have a chat. Everyone welcome.

Tea and coffee provided, baking is welcome.

Naenae Library 10am-11.30am
25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 28 November

Petone Library 10am-11.30am
31 July, 28 August, 25 September, 30 October, 27 November

Taita Library 10am-11.30am
13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November

Wainuiomata Library 10am-11.30am
14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 6 October, 3 November

Learn IT

SeniorNet at the Library

Learn IT at Eastbourne Library
Do you have a laptop, an iPad or a tablet but don’t Know how to use them or simply want to know more about digital devices? Come along and let SeniorNet show you the way at one of their FREE sessions at Eastbourne Library.

Eastbourne Library

  • Thursday 26 October, 10am-12noon

SeniorNet Social Morning at the Library
Join SeniorNet at the library for a fun social morning and learn about a new aspect of technology.

War Memorial Library

  • Friday 29 September, 10am-12noon
  • Friday 24 November, 10am-12noon

To find out more about SeniorNet in Lower Hutt see SeniorNet Hutt City.

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.

Craft & Hobby Groups

Craft group at Wainuiomata

Craft 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
A group of locals who enjoy crafts, knitting and chatting. Anyone who crafts (or who is wanting to learn a craft) is welcome to come along and join in

Craft and Chat
War Memorial Library Second and fourth 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.

Knitting Circle
Wainuiomata Library First Sunday of month, 2pm-4pm
Are you into knitting or crocheting? If you are, you should come along to join the knitting circle! All ages welcome.

Traditional Crafts
Wainuiomata Library Third Sunday of the Month, 2pm-4pm
These workshops will look at a range of different traditional crafts, including different types of harakeke weaving and poi making. All ages welcome.

Colouring-In (Adults)
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

Colouring-In (Adults)
Wainuiomata Library Sundays, 1pm
Add some colour to your Sundays with the Adult Colouring In Group. Everyone is welcome to drop in, so bring your colouring in books and pencils.

Colouring-In (Adults)
Taita Library Sundays, 2pm-4pm
Join us for children's colouring in on Sundays!

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.

Preparing Your Garden for Spring
Learn how to prepare your garden for spring, how to control pests and weeds organically, how to improve the soil, and what to plant each season.
Moera Library Thursday 28 September, 10:30am

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 Third Wednesday of the month, 1pm-2:30pm

Curtain Drop Off

Curtain Bank Drop-off

The War Memorial Library is pleased to be the Lower Hutt drop-off point for the Wellington Curtain Bank.

If you have curtains or fabric to donate, drop them in to the library during opening hours.

For more information about the Wellington Curtain Bank see Sustainability Trust.

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, 2pm-3pm

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 Library to answer your questions.

Taita Library Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm

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 First Monday of the month, 12noon-1pm

Naenae Library Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm

Wainuiomata Library Wednesdays, 11am-12noon

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This page was last updated on 25 September 2017