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Strategic directions to 2030

Strategic directions to 2030

Te huri mōhiotanga hei uara | Turning knowledge into value

December 2016

The National Library has new strategic directions to 2030 that focus on achieving greater impact through collaboration. The three themes Taonga, Knowledge, and Reading highlight the areas of focus until 2030.

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Koromakinga ki 2030

Ka waihanga Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa i te uara ahurea, ōhanga hoki mā ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa mā ōna pūmanawa ārahi me te mahi tahi. Ka turakina ngā tauārai ki ngā mōhiotanga, he whakaū kei te whiwhi ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i ngā pūkenga waihanga mōhiotanga me te rokiroki mōhiotanga mō ngā reanga o muri mai.

Mission to 2030

The National Library will create cultural and economic value for New Zealanders through leadership and collaboration. We will remove barriers to knowledge, ensure New Zealanders have the skills to create knowledge and preserve knowledge for future generations.


He whakapuakitanga nā te Kaitiaki Pukapuka ā-Motu | Foreword from the National Librarian

Tēnā koutou katoa

This document sets out the strategic directions to 2030 for the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mätauranga o Aotearoa, the wellspring of knowledge. Our approach is to keep outcomes for New Zealand at the forefront as we describe the role of the National Library for the future.

Many initiatives that we want to develop require a commitment to collaborate and partner with others in order to achieve change for New Zealand. For that reason we will embed formal and informal partnership as a new way of working with our stakeholders, here in New Zealand and overseas. Our partners will be libraries, central government, local government, schools, tertiary sector, iwi Māori, the private sector, content creators, peak bodies and other cultural institutions. We invite our stakeholders to work closely with us to decide how to achieve the outcomes we have outlined under our themes of Taonga, Knowledge, and Reading.

Libraries continue to be an important part of New Zealand communities. Working in an unpredictable environment combined with changing expectations of service is a reality facing the library sector across the globe. The rapid pace of technological development means the National Library needs to be more agile to support New Zealand libraries, to continue to innovate and to be a centre of excellence in our field.

We are developing a work programme that will provide more detail about how we will achieve the outcomes under each strategic theme. I am committed to these strategic directions and I am committed to creating the right environment in which to carry them out. Whatever the future holds, the National Library will aspire to achieve its ambitions for New Zealand by turning knowledge into value.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not far apart

Nāku noa, nā

Bill Macnaught CBE
National Librarian
December 2016


Kōkiri, kōkiri, kōkiri!

Whakarongo ake au ki ngā reo o te motu
E karanga mai ana
Huakina mai ngā tatau o tō whare
Kia mahi tahi tātou, kia inu ai mātou
I Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa

The message from the people
Clearly asks us
To open our doors
So that we may work together and share the information
Held in the National Library of New Zealand

- Bella Tarawhiti