Strategic direction to 2030 - Pānui


Find out about our why we are focusing on reading in our strategic directions and what our focus areas will be.


Ka whiwhi ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i ngā pūkenga kōrero pukapuka e eke ai rātau ā-pāpori, mātauranga, whai mahi hoki, ā, kia hihiri hoki ki te waihanga mōhiotanga hou.


New Zealanders will have the literacy skills to achieve social, educational and employment success and be inspired to create new knowledge.


Reading is a foundation for all literacies including digital literacy. Reading for pleasure, particularly for children, provides benefits such as literacy development, improved wellbeing and educational and employment success. Approximately 40 per cent of adult New Zealanders lack the functional literacy skills (everyday reading, writing and numeracy) that enable them to fully participate in a high productivity economy. Increases in literacy levels will improve creativity leading to new knowledge and potential innovation.

Focus areas

The National Library will work with iwi Māori and other partners and stakeholders so that by 2030:

Reading for pleasure will be part of a national campaign that targets New Zealand’s functional literacy levels

  • New Zealanders will use the reading resources available through libraries to build their level of literacy and improve wellbeing.

Te reo Māori will be revitalised and used throughout New Zealand

  • Te reo speakers and learners will engage with Māori language reading and learning resources wherever they are. New Zealanders will recognise the importance of the language and understand basic te reo Māori words.

New Zealanders will have the digital literacy skills to access and use knowledge

  • Digital literacies, supported by other literacies such as reading, writing and speaking, will enable learners to create new knowledge and attain educational success.