NZ Book Month

Celebrating NZ Book Month in Hastings

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New Zealand Book Month is a non-profit initiative promoting books and reading – and as a result, literacy – in New Zealand.

One month each year we celebrate books and encourage all Kiwis to get involved. The clear goal of New Zealand Book Month is to form a community of readers from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

For a full list of Hawke's Bay events check the NZ Book Month website...

For Hastings District Library events check our Events Calendar...

Book Vouchers

Vouchers for All

Have you used your $5.00 book voucher yet?  From 1-31 March 2013, anyone can use the $5.00 book voucher at a participating bookstore.

NZ Book Month vouchers have been delivered to home around New Zealand.  They are also available from Caltex Services stations and online.  See for more information.

Book Vouchers to Schools

To celebrate New Zealand Book Month this year, the National Library Services to Schools team, in association with Caltex Energy for Learning, is distributing three quarters of a million $5 book vouchers into schools, one for every child.

New Zealand Book Month is looking to encourage book ownership wherever possible – based on sound research that shows that children growing up in homes with books receive, on average, an additional three years education when compared with children from bookless homes – regardless of their parents education or financial status. 


Also available from this website are Read Aloud brochures in English, Māori, Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island Māori.

Sir Bob Jones on Books

The Hastings District Friends of the Libraries are hosting renowned entrepreneur and speaker Sir Bob Jones as part of our NZ Book Month celebrations.

Sir Bob is an author (we have 14 of his books) and a great believer in reading.  Sir Bob will speak on "What books mean to me - Sir Bob on Books".

Hastings War Memorial Library on Wednesday, 14  March. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk begins at 7pm.

Matariki Wines are pleased to provide a complimentary glass of wine for you to enjoy.

Seats are limited and entry is by tickets only 
Tickets are on sale a Hastings Library - cost $10. Proceeds going to help Friends of the Library support their projects.

Books by Bob Jones held at Hastings District Libraries ...

Legacy 2012

Ian Wedde, Poet Laureate

Creative Hastings presents the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2011-2013, Ian Wedde, accomplished poet, author, commentator, and critic.

Poetry takes to the stage in a rather different way in at Legacy 2012 at the Hastings City Art Gallery with an innovative, multi-dimensional evening that mixes poetry with music, dance and theatrical entertainment.

Legacy 2012 features current Poet Laureate Ian Wedde reading some of his own work and his own special guests readng theirs - former laureate Cilla McQueen, together with Hinemoana Baker, John Newton, Marty Smith, Robert Sullivan and brilliant young emerging Hawke's Bay poet  Amy Barnard.

Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm at the Hastings City Art Gallery

Book at Ticketek:  or 800 842 538

Matariki Wines

Matariki Wines - partnering Hastings District Libraries in our NZ Book Month events

Matariki Wines produces premium world-class wines from the heart of the prestigious Gimblett Gravels region in Hawke’s Bay. 

Established in 1992 by the O’Connor family and named in honour of ‘Matariki’,  the celebration surrounding Maori New Year, Matariki Wines has a long-standing association with artistic and cultural projects and is proud to support community events. 

Old world style of winemaking combined with new world elegance is beautifully expressed in Matariki’s classically handcrafted wines.

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