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Northland Family Day

The Northland Family Day was first held in Kaitaia in 2013, with Whangarei and Kerikeri following.

The 2016 Northland Family Day took place on Saturday 27 August at Te Ahu and Kaitaia Library, Kaitaia.

Our guests had called in the afternoon before and were delighted to see what a beautiful facility we have in Kaitaia. They interacted wonderfully with the children on the day and our Autograph Sheet proved to be a great way for the kids to approach them and start chatting. Events were spread throughout Te Ahu with good use made of the Little Theatre, the hall, the library and the atrium. The performances by local schools were packed out and we had great support from many groups in the community. We had hundreds of free books which had been withdrawn from our branches and locals were thrilled to pick these up. We also had great prize packs ready for competition winners and other beautiful books donated which we used as spot prizes.



  • Zak Waipara (illustrator/author)
  • Maria Gill (non-fiction author)
  • Tim Tipene (author)
  • Donna Blaber (author)


  • Lesley Dowding (Storyteller)
  • Waikarere Gregory (Storyteller)


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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