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Te Whare Pukapuka o Te Tai Poutini

About the library

Our librarians

Natasha Morris: Library Manager

My job is to manage the District Library service. To make sure it's meeting the needs of the community, developing the strategic direction of the services, responsible for operational management, improving the service and leading a fantastic team. I love the opportunities in my role, to make a difference in our community, to bring people together and to nurture curiosity. Everyday is different and every day I learn something new

Lorelle Yorke: Deputy Librarian

My work in libraries has been extremely varied over the years, doing things like covering, labelling and mending books, filling in at Storytime, teaching digital skills classes and even maintaining a website. My favourite part of working for the library over the years has been this variety, no two days are ever quite the same.

Dr. Mike Dickison: Digital Discovery Librarian

My job is helping make the library collection more accessible so we can tell West Coast stories online. This is my first library job. I trained as an academic (did a PhD in bird evolution in the USA) and for years worked as a museum curator and Wikipedia consultant. All my work has revolved around libraries, information, and collections, so it was natural to move into a role doing digital projects in a public library. I’m really enjoying learning how a public library works from buying books to shelving.

Rauhine Coakley: Community Engagement Librarian

My role is to make our library a more bi-cultural space. I am facilitating programs and events with a focus on Te Ao Māori, including local Māori history, tikanga, purakau and pakiwaitara. What I enjoy most about my mahi is being surrounded by books! I love to learn new things so I find being surrounded by all that knowledge very empowering.

Pauline Leclerc: Library Assistant

My job consists of processing the circulation transactions at the issues desk, responding to reference enquiries, supporting customers in the use of Library Information and Communication technology, keeping the library tidy and displays attractive, cataloguing, covering and labelling new stock, but also developing, promoting, managing and leading programmes and outreach events. What I like the most about my work now is to help people with their different enquiries.