Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable

Source: New Zealand Government

Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti,
nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire. 
It’s my pleasure to join the welcoming statement to invited panellists and in particular Sheryl Sandberg and offer brief opening comments to support roundtable discussions today.
As hosts for APEC this year we are critically aware than an inclusive, sustainable economic recovery as we respond to a global pandemic, must include indigenous peoples.
We need to ensure that a resilient recovery is an inclusive one, after all APEC is half of the global economy. Our region is the most economically dynamic in the world, lifting approximately one billion people out of poverty.
Indigenous business and entrepreneurship has the capacity to be a significant game changer lifting the household incomes of whānau (families), communities and populations.
Digital access plays a key role and there a number of critical questions for the roundtable to discuss which underscore the unique point of difference that indigenous economic inclusion can offer and leverage from – I look forward to the discussion.
At this year’s APEC, Aotearoa New Zealand are seeding aspiration from indigenous peoples and indigenous economies. We have led workshops and policy dialogues on indigenous economic development. Themes include:
the economic impact on indigenous communities;
indigenous and diverse women-led SME responses;
e-commerce opportunities for indigenous and ethnic minorities; and
indigenous knowledge in science systems.

Indigenous collaboration can make a profound contribution to economies, peoples, the values and leadership that shape a sustainable region.
I look forward to hearing news of the roundtable discuss today.
Nō reira ka tukuna atu te whakaaro ki a Rangi me Papa ōtīrā tātou e hui tahi nei, tēnā koutou katoa.

Around the World in 14 Days

Around the World in 14 Days

Source: Auckland Council

Around the World in 14 Days – October 2-17

School Holidays Programme for Central City Library.

Travelling and doing events in the library are limited right now so we are bringing our school holiday programme direct to your own home.

Join us for some fun activities the whole family can enjoy via interactive zoom sessions and fun Facebook challenges.

Parents/caregivers, please supervise your children when participating in our on-line events.

Stinky Kitchen Lab

Wednesday 6 October, 10.30am-11.30am          

A (pretty unstinky) guide to pickling and fermentation. Make a sourdough starter, pickle some vegetables, and see if you can mummify a piece of fruit!

Suitable for ages 5+

The Great Thingymajig Contraption Challenge                  

Thursday 7 October, 2pm-3pm

Getting from A to B – learn some tips and tricks then build your own complicated machine to perform a simple task in this Rube Goldberg-inspired challenge.

Suitable for ages 7+ (and adults)

Time Travel Detectives

Monday 11 October, 2pm-3pm

Become a family history detective. Find an old family photo, interview some family members about it and see if you can re-create the photo with yourself in it. We’ll give you some cool tips on how to age your photo to make it look like the real thing!

Suitable for ages 7-12

The Art of Nature

Tuesday 12 October, 2pm-3pm

Explore your neighbourhood with our nature scavenger hunt and create some awesome natural art.

Suitable for ages 5+

Follow the Central City Library Facebook page to find some other exciting challenges.

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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

  • Reviewed: 17 September 2021, 17:54 NZST
  • Still current at: 17 September 2021

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We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.


The New Zealand Embassy in Iran (accredited to Pakistan) has now reopened and has the ability to provide consular services again.

There is an ongoing and significant threat from terrorism throughout Pakistan. Future terrorist attacks are expected, could be indiscriminate and could occur throughout Pakistan. Large cities such as Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are especially vulnerable. We continue to receive information that terrorist groups are planning attacks in Pakistan, including against Western targets.

Potential targets across Pakistan could include Government buildings, military institutions, security and law enforcement personnel, public places, sporting events, courts, hotels, transport hubs (including airports), markets, shopping malls, educational institutions, embassies, religious sites and identifiably Western interests, premises and symbols, including businesses and NGOs.

Numerous terrorist groups are present and operate in Pakistan. While terrorist attacks frequently target Pakistani Government institutions, security and military personnel, foreigners and foreign interests have also been targeted. The provinces of Balochistan and Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa are particularly volatile. There is an increased risk of attack during religious holidays and days of national significance. Security forces may cut mobile phone services and internet access until a threat has passed.

Sectarian violence is common in many parts of Pakistan and places of worship and religious sites associated with religious sects are also at risk of terrorist attack. The city of Karachi has high levels of political, sectarian and criminal violence.  Protests and demonstrations by religious and political parties have at times led to significant disruptions in the city and regularly result in violent civil unrest.

Pakistan has suffered a significant number of terrorist attacks. Recent attacks include:

  • On 8 May 2019, 13 people were killed and 24 injured in a suicide attack in Lahore.
  • On 12 April 2019, 20 people were killed and 48 injured in a suicide attack in Quetta, Baluchistan.
  • On 23 November 2018, 35 people were killed and 56 injured in a suicide attack in Kayla, Kyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
  • On 23 November 2018, the Chinese Consulate in Karachi was attacked. Seven people were killed.
  • On 25 July 2018, 22 people were killed and 28 injured in a suicide attack in Quetta, Balochistan.
  • On 13 July 2018, over 150 people were killed and more than 127 injured in a suicide attack in Mastung, Balochistan.
  • On 10 July 2018, 14 people were killed and 65 injured in a suicide attack in Yaka Tooy area of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

New Zealanders in Pakistan are advised to exercise extreme caution in public places, maintain very high levels of personal security awareness and take all possible security precautions to protect their safety. We recommend monitoring the media and local information sources for new information on potential threats to safety and security. You should follow the advice of the local authorities and keep a low profile.

There is a significant threat of kidnapping throughout Pakistan, especially in Karachi, Balochistan, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Foreigners are particularly at risk. Foreign nationals have been kidnapped in the past and killed or held captive for long periods of time.

New Zealanders in Pakistan are advised to seek professional security advice and ensure appropriate personal security measures are in place at all times. Travel routes and times should be varied and the use of public transport should be avoided.

Military action
The Pakistan military is conducting ongoing operations against militant groups within Pakistan, largely in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. We strongly advise that New Zealanders do not travel to areas where there are reports of militant or military activity.

New Zealanders in Pakistan should also be aware that any increase in violence between Pakistani security forces and militant groups or terrorists is likely to increase the possibility of reprisal terrorist attacks, which may not be limited to the geographic area of confrontation.

Border areas
There is a volatile security environment along the border with India. With the exception of border crossings, foreigners are prohibited from travelling within 15 kilometres of the entire border area with India, including the Kashmir Line of Control. Foreigners are also prohibited from travelling  within 50 kilometres of the border with Afghanistan in Gilgit-Balistan. We strongly advise that New Zealanders do not travel to these areas.

Early in 2019, there were reports of air force incidents over border areas of the disputed region of Kashmir. The security situation in and around Kashmir is volatile and could deteriorate without warning.

Violent crime, including armed car-jacking and robbery, occurs in many parts of Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, Balochistan, rural Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.There is a high level of lawlessness in some of these areas.

Avoid travel outside urban areas after dark. When travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times. Photo identification should be carried for presenting at police checkpoints.

Civil unrest
The political situation in Pakistan remains unpredictable. Demonstrations and civil disorder are common and can develop quickly.

New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests, political rallies and large public gatherings in Pakistan given the potential for these to turn violent with little warning. If you are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence, you should leave the area if it is safe to do so, or find a safe location, remain indoors and follow the advice of local authorities.

General travel advice
As there is no New Zealand High Commission in Pakistan, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is limited. We offer advice to New Zealanders about contingency planning that travellers to Pakistan should consider.

Access to certain areas of Pakistan may be restricted by authorities. New Zealanders in Pakistan should be aware of, and adhere to any restrictions in place on travel.

New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Pakistan to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour. Homosexual acts and relationships are considered illegal in Pakistan.

New Zealanders in Pakistan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You should check that your travel insurance policy covers travel to Pakistan – exclusions may apply.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Pakistan are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Tehran, Iran is accredited to Pakistan

Street Address No 1, Second Park Alley, Sousan Street, North Golestan Complex, Aghdasiyeh Street, Niavaran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Email Web Site Hours Sun-Thurs 0830-1230, 1300-1500. Note Visa enquiries will only be responded to between 1000-1230. The Embassy is currently not accepting any walk-ins, and all contact must be made via email or telephone +64 99 20 20 20.

New Zealand Consulate-General Karachi, Pakistan

Street Address Suite 239, Glass Tower, 2 Ft 3, Adjacent to PSO House, Main Clifton Road, Karachi 75530. Telephone + 92 21 3565 6993 Alternate Telephone +92 21 3565 6994 Email

See our regional advice for South Asia

Translating Lorde, codename Henry

Source: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

17 Sep, 2021

Hēmi Kelly, Hana Mereraiha and Lorde.

Hēmi Kelly is excited about the positive impact that popstar Lorde’s te reo Māori version of Solar Power will have on revitalisation of the language.

The AUT te Reo Māori Lecturer helped Lorde make Te Ao Mārama and his voice is also in the backing vocals.

“People are really thrilled and excited to see someone who has a platform as Lorde does promoting te reo Māori in this way,” he says.

Dame Hinewehi Mohi approached Hēmi Kelly to help translate and work with Lorde on four of the five songs on the album.

“My cousin Hana Mereraiha actually translated three of the songs, I translated one and Sir Tīmoti Kāretu translated the other, but we, I suppose, mentored Lorde through the process together. It was a special little journey.”

Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tahu–Ngāti Whāoa) says he found the superstar from Auckland to be humble and down to earth.

“I felt very comfortable with her. She was so open to learning. She is a really beautiful soul; she’s so humble.”

Work on the project, over about three months this year, had to be kept secret, so the code name “Henry” was used – after AUT Associate Professor Ella Henry. (Lorde is also known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor.)

“Any kind of correspondence it was always with ‘Henry’, and if we were in the presence of others and something came up, we would use that name,” he says.

“It wasn’t hard to keep under wraps, but with the excitement you wanted to tell people what was happening.”

The process of translating Solar Power was about honouring the songs’ meaning and the music rather than being a straight translation of words, Kelly says.

“So when one of the song lyrics says in the title track Solar Power “and I throw my cellular device in the water”, my interpretation of that is that Ella’s throwing away any distractions for the moment to be present. And so we translated it to “whiua aku māharahara ki waho rā” –  I throw my worries away for the moment. It was always a sense-for-sense translation or interpretation.”

Kelly says the majority of comments he has seen have been positive towards the album, though not all.

“Some people are questioning whether Te Ao Mārama should have been made – but I can’t see any negative impact. Let it be,” he says.

“I don’t think it’s healthy for us to be restricting our language to any one people or any one place. For our language to continue to survive it needs to inhabit every single part of our society. We need to have the masses on our side working with us.”

Kelly says Lorde plans to continue her language journey.

“We’ve since started te reo Māori lessons,” he says.

“It’s not just her putting her songs out into the world. She’s going to continue to learn.”

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Media Release – Research warns of link between lockdowns & child mental health

Media Release – Research warns of link between lockdowns & child mental health

Source: Family First

Family First NZ says that new research from University of Auckland researchers needs to be taken into account when determining decisions around lockdowns, and possible effects on mental health and wellbeing and our responses, especially for children.

The letter “Higher Rates Of Hospital Treatment For Parasuicide Are Temporally Associated With Covid-19 Lockdowns In New Zealand Children” appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health and is by senior lecturer of epidemiology Dr Simon Thornley, Professor Cameron Grant and Dr Gerhard Sundborn from Auckland University.

The researchers looked at rates of hospital treatment for parasuicide (attempted suicide) using hospital diagnoses for children aged 10–14 years from the Ministry of Health, and found a “clear upward trend in the latter half of 2020 from a stable baseline” of about 40 children per month to a peak of 90 cases. Rates have remained high, but have subsequently declined, but not back to baseline.

They say “Anecdotal clinical experience from paediatricians during the 2020–2021 COVID-19 period suggests not only increases in parasuicides, but also in children with somatic symptoms, which are likely related to anxiety. This has led to an increase in violent and aggressive behaviour on wards and consequent stress for health-care professionals involved in their care.”

An earlier meta-analysis by researchers from University College Dublin found that COVID-19 has an impact on youth mental health and is particularly associated with depression and anxiety in adolescent cohorts. The researchers said “These research findings highlight the fact that when schools are closed, adolescents report that there are many aspects of their lives that are disrupted. The impact of long term disruption of this type on mental and physical health is confirmed by research, which indicates that when children are out of school, they are less physically active, spend more time on screens, have more irregular sleep patterns, and less favourable diets…. These negative effects are likely to be exacerbated when lockdown measures result in children being confined to their homes with limited outdoor activities and no interactions with same aged friends.”

“This is important research because it reminds us that while on one hand lockdowns are effective in reducing the spread of the virus, they can also have other unintended adverse effects on health and wellbeing,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“These are important considerations to be balanced when determining our ongoing response and ensuring that young people and their families are being given appropriate support and resources while isolated in lockdowns.”


For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First

New Zealand maritime workers back Fremantle port workers

New Zealand maritime workers back Fremantle port workers

Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union of New Zealand is backing Fremantle port workers in their dispute with Qube Stevedores.

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the dispute has identified global shipping conglomerate Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WWL) as one of the drivers behind the scenes.

The Maritime Union of Australia are in dispute with Qube Ports Pty Ltd regarding the negotiation of a new Enterprise Agreement in the Port of Fremantle.

Union labour has not been employed by Qube in Fremantle since 30 July 2021, and scab labour has been used on five WWL ships.

Mr Harrison says a substantial financial donation has been sent to the Fremantle port workers to support what he says is now a serious dispute with international repercussions.

He says Maritime Union members would attempt to deliver a letter of protest to the Captain of the Thermopylae, a WWL ship that will be coming into the Ports of Auckland on Monday 20 September.

Mr Harrison says during lengthy negotiations between the MUA and the employer, Qube have laid responsibility for their refusal to agree to claims around work allocation, shifts, rosters and planned time off on their clients including WWL.

He says the dispute with Qube is not about wages but is focussed firmly on providing workers with a safer work environment.

“The bargaining claims are primarily about improving fatigue management practices and occupational health and safety on the job while ensuring that workers have a proper work-life balance.”

Mr Harrison says the use of scab non-skilled labour in the dispute is entirely unacceptable to the Maritime Union of New Zealand and its branches in all ports of New Zealand.

“Ports of Auckland has had several deaths in recent years and as a result our members feel very strongly about the need for high quality health and safety, working conditions and work/life balance.”

Mr Harrison says the extremely high profits being extracted by global shippers were being made through the work of maritime workers, who deserved safe working conditions.

Auckland Council urges Aucklanders to stay home ahead of a hopeful last weekend in Alert Level 4

Auckland Council urges Aucklanders to stay home ahead of a hopeful last weekend in Alert Level 4

Source: Auckland Council

Auckland Council is reminding Aucklanders to stay home and stay local for what will hopefully be the region’s last weekend at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.  

Mayor Phil Goff says, “Aucklanders have once again done a great job dealing with the challenges of lockdown. We are close to stamping out the spread of COVID-19 once more, and it’s important we all stay the course so we can move down alert levels and enjoy life with fewer restrictions.

“Remember to stay home unless you are accessing essential work or services, and stick to your bubble. If you go out for exercise, stay within your local area.  

“If you haven’t already done so, please get vaccinated this weekend. You can go to a drive-through centre or community vaccination clinic without having to book, or get an appointment at 

“Please also remember that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or were at a location of interest at the specified time, you must immediately self-isolate and get a test. By working together we can keep everyone safe.”    

For information on what you can and can’t do under Alert Level 4, visit OurAuckland. 

Under Alert Level 3, Auckland Council facilities such as playgrounds, libraries, pools and leisure centres and basketball courts will remain closed, however some services will be able to start up again. These include inorganic collections, swapping and replacing of council rubbish bins, the opening of the Waitākere Refuse and Recycling Transfer Station and community recycling centres, and regular responses for graffiti removal. You can find the latest COVID-19 information from Auckland Council on OurAuckland 

Auckland Council staff continuing to support lockdown efforts  

Auckland Council staff have continued to support other council departments and local agencies to help with efforts in assisting Aucklanders during Alert Level 4. An additional 14 staff were redirected this week, with seven of those to external agencies. This includes working with The Fono Te Atatū and The Clendon Pride Project, delivering food parcels to Aucklanders in need.    

Since the region moved into lockdown at 11:59pm on 17 August, a total of 126 staff have been redirected to help, including working with Auckland Emergency Management (AEM), and externally with agencies like Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), the Student Volunteer Army and the Cook Island Development Agency (CIDANZ). 

108 staff are still actively involved in their redirections, with 49 staff on the welfare desk undertaking welfare calls to those who need it. 

Weather update 

With no weather warnings and only a chance of rain, Aucklanders are set for a nice weekend. 

Cr Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, is reminding Aucklanders that although the weather is looking better, they need to stick to the rules. 

“When the weather is good, Aucklanders love to get out and about.

“But please refrain from using facilities or risky activities. No swimming, no surfing, and no using golf courses or sports fields. If we stick to the rules, we can move down Alert Levels much quicker and will be able to do these activities safely.

“If you’re on your bubble walk and see people using closed facilities or breaching Alert Level 4 restrictions in general, please phone 105 to report it or use the online tool.”   

Exploring and keeping active in your bubble 

The hope of fine weather this weekend provides a great opportunity to get out and enjoy your neighbourhood while still sticking to Alert Level 4 guidelines of staying within your bubble. 

Auckland Council’s Together At Home campaign provides plenty of things to do this weekend. Whether it is looking for an idea to help feed your mind; wanting to move your body in a new way; finding a new way to lift your spirits during this challenging time; or simply needing something exciting to help the whānau (family) and tamariki (kids) get through the weekend.  

There are lots of ideas of how to explore nature in your backyard or at your local park, exercises that you can do as a whānau, or new ways to learn together.  

With ideas and opportunities from across the wider Auckland Council group including Auckland Council Libraries, Auckland Council Corporate Records and Archives, pools and leisure, parks services, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Watercare, Auckland Unlimited, Auckland Zoo and Auckland Maritime Museum, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained while also discovering new things about this beautiful region.  



Central City Library’s Young Writers’ Society

Central City Library's Young Writers' Society

Source: Auckland Council


Online event


Thursday 30 September 2021




If you love to write and are aged between 13 and 19, feel free to join Central City Library’s Young Writers’ Society.

Our first session will be via Zoom in lockdown, on Thursday 30 September, from 4pm-4.30pm.

Please email for the Zoom link.
Here are our goals for this group:

  • Provide a comfortable, non-school space where writers can gather and practise.
  • Cultivate shared enthusiasm, with a ‘studio space’ vibe, where writers feel comfortable to get creative and give/receive feedback.
  • Access to our collection: Use all the resources the library can offer to provide inspiration, or help with self-publishing.
  • Professional expertise: Bring in guest speakers (writers, journalists, poets, etc) for workshops so writers can gain some new skills.

Hope to see you there.

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Nationwide recall of Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops milk

Nationwide recall of Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops milk

Source: Ministry for Primary Industries
Nationwide recall of Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops milk | NZ Government
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Nourish Foods (NZ) Pty Ltd is recalling Whole Kids brand Smoothie Drops Berry, Banana and Coconut Milk with a ‘Best Before’ date of 12 August 2022 as the product may contain plastic.

The affected product is sold at Countdown, FreshChoice, and SuperValue stores throughout New Zealand. The product has been imported from Germany.

More information including size of packaging and affected product

New Zealand Food Safety national manager food compliance Jenny Bishop says to be on the safe side, parents who have any affected product  should return it to the retailer or throw it out. 

“We have received no reports of associated injury, but if you or a child in your care has consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.”

Learn a language at home

Learn a language at home

Source: Auckland Council

We are never too old to learn a language and it is great for keeping the mind stimulated and engaged. It is also something we can do at home without heading into a class.

Now is a great time to utilise the opportunities available through Auckland Council, so have a look at how you can expand your language skills.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

There has been an upsurge in people wanting to learn Te Reo Māori over the past few years meaning it can be hard to get into a class. But there are plenty of free online opportunities to take your te reo to the next level.

Auckland Council Libraries is running Mahuru Māori – a month-long focus on te reo, with the theme being Tōku reo, tōku tūrangawaewae (My language, my home).

With many resources to help you learn Te Reo, from Māori books for kids as well as for adults. There is also te reo books to read for the more advanced learners or engage with te reo stories with the Lingogo app, available with a free library membership.

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is also celebrating this incredible and unique taonga (treasure). Explore the Māori names of the different exhibitions with Tāmaki Paenga Hira, discover precious books, test your reo knowledge through a kupu quiz, or through the crosswords available. Help your tamariki (children) learn some waiata (songs), or simply read some of the great stories available on the website.

For all things connected to te taiao (the natural world) this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, head to Auckland Zoo’s website. Enjoy the 5-part te reo Māori series, Tipi Nuku, as host Ngarangi and zoo educators meet with different animal keepers around Auckland Zoo to learn more about the kararehe (animals) at the zoo. Or search for the kupu (word) of the day, either by yourself or with your whānau.

Passage to the Pacific

Lingogo is not just about reading and listening to te reo stories. Through an Auckland Council Libraries membership, the app also has some Samoan and Tongan stories.

Tāmaki Makaurau is the largest Polynesian city in the world and with Samoans and Tongans making up the two biggest Pasifika populations, Lingogo provides a good way to learn and engage with the stories of our Samoan and Tongan neighbours.

How to use Lingogo:

  1. Download the app through your preferred app store.
  2. Choose Auckland Council Libraries from the drop-down menu and then enter your library membership number.
  3. Enjoy!