An exciting aspect of the planned newly refurbished library, Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, is its cultural narrative, which will expand its approach to knowledge. Mātauranga Māori will be at the fore in a series of artworks and in the design of the entrance, establishing the building as a place for everyone.
This will mihi in acknowledgement to mana whenua, and their connection to the underlying whenua and natural environment (te taiao). The new library will have integrated services, including a City Archives, Customer Service Centre, and Experience Wellington’s Capital E. It’s scheduled to open in 2026.
Mā te rongo, ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio, ka mārama,
Mā te mārama, ka mātau, Mā te mātau, ka ora.
From listening comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding,
From understanding comes wisdom, from wisdom comes well-being.