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Mōrena Central Hawke's Bay.
The Waipawa Library will remain closed today, Friday 25th March as staff continue to assist with the response to the current weather event.
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Kia ora Central Hawke's Bay

The Waipawa Library will be closed today, Thursday 24 March. Due to the impact of COVID-19 staff shortages and needing as many staff as possible to respond to the current weather event situation we have made the unfortunate decision to close the Waipawa Library for the day.

Head to for online services or phone Council on 06 857 8060 (24 hour service) if you have any queries.

What the Red Traffic Light means for Central Hawke's Bay Libraries

Library core services are an essential part of our community’s day-to-day life. For now, people can access our libraries without a vaccine pass.

Core services include, but are not limited to:
• using library computers, printers, scanners and photocopiers Central Hawkes Bay Red
• using Wi-Fi
• using public toilets
• using and browsing library collections
• reading newspapers
• studying or working in the libraries

• general assistance/guidance from library staff


The safety of our staff and community is our priority, with this in mind we ask that when visiting our libraries:

· Ensure you scan in using the QR Code or fill in the COVID tracing register.

· Face masks are mandatory for those aged 12 and over. Please make sure they are worn correctly and cover both your mouth and nose.

·Please maintain a 1m distance from others, including our staff.




It is important to keep up the healthy habits, these will help to slow the spread of the virus, and continue to help protect you, your whānau, and your community.

  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands or use hand sanitiser.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get a test.

SMS Notifications Now Available

Central Hawke's Bay Libraries have released text notifications for both pre-overdues and overdue notices. 

The text message you receive will let you know that either your books are due back in a few days time or that your books are now overdue.

Currently overdue notices are sent by either email or by post.

If you would like to chose text reminders then please either call us on 06 857 8123, pop in and see us or this can be done online via or website.  

Please follow the instructions below to change your preferences online.

Setting up SMS Notifications.

First head to to and select the 'My Account' tab. 

My Account

You will be redirected to our catalogue page where you will need to select 'My Account' once more on the top right of the screen. 

Log into My Account


Enter in your library card membership number and your pin number to access your account. 

Membership number


This will bring up your account and show details such as 'Checkouts', 'Holds' and 'Personal Information'. 

SMS NotificationsClick on the 'Personal Information' tab and select 'SMS Notifications' from here click on 'Add SMS Notifications' this will then ask you to enter your cell phone number and a label, check the box 'Overdue Notices' and save.

Select Add SMS



Fill in relevant field and save

 A Trip Down Memory Lane to Help Beat Cognitive Decline

Memories came flooding back for Pakeke Centre clients who participated in a new Memory Lane programme, aimed at supporting and mentally stimulating people with cognitive decline.

The project was a first for Central Hawke’s Bay, with Waipawa Library staff working alongside the Pakeke Centre and Central Hawke’s Bay Museum to develop a plan.

The first event was held at Waipawa Library and saw organisers bring historical items in from the museum, with participants encouraged to discuss what they thought each one was - from old gas masks to tea holders.

Clients from the Pakeke Centre, a service providing fellowship and friendship for older people in the District, were invited to attend. As items moved around the room, each person shared their memories and described what it meant to them.

History books, old photos of locations and buildings in Waipukurau and Waipawa were also scattered about on tables -  watching the memories flow was very powerful.

Janette Birdsall Manager of the Pakeke Centre said it was a valuable exercise and one that proved to be quite emotional for all involved.

“It was great for staff to see a couple of the participants open up and chat quite freely about what they knew, there were certainly some very heartfelt moments for the staff to witness,” she said.

After a successful first session, it was decided the programme would be held bi-monthly at Waipawa Library. 

During a second event, organisers incorporated iPads to challenge Pakeke clients to give technology a chance. One participant, called Ian, was chuffed that he had given it a go - showing there was an opportunity to expand on the original theme of the event in future.

The partnership between CHB District Libraries, Pakeke and CHB Museum, was a great example of how local service providers could work together to create powerful programmes that benefit the community.

Pakeke Centre clients Arthur Burkin and Pam Bishop taking part in the first ever Memory Lane programme to help beat cognitive decline.

New Digital Only Membership

Not currently a member? You can now sign up for the Digital Only Membership which will allow you to access these resources.

Just head to - then choose "Join the Library"

If you already have a card but don't know your card number or pin? Please contact us at or call 06 8589154

Mōrena Central Hawke's Bay.
The Waipawa Library will remain closed today, Friday 25th March as staff continue to assist with the response to the current weather event.
Waipawa Library Closed 250322

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