The Piha Community Library Trust

In 2007 the then library committee formed the Piha Community Library Trust to provide a formal structure for the management and future planning of the  library service. It was also recognised that it was important to safeguard the valuable assets. Further, it is a requirement to be a legal entity to apply for many of the available grants.

Our Mission statement

To provide a library service for the people of Piha, Karekare and Anawhata.

Our Vision

A library

Accessible to all

A valuable community asset

For learning, leisure and information


For a full outline of the trust’s objectives and other information see the trust deed here.


Looking After Our Library

Since the library opened in 1999 we have undertaken a number of maintenance projects to ensure that the library is suitably maintained and improved.  This includes activities such as:

  • Repainting the library, including the roof.
  • Fitting special gates to the deck to ensure that children can be kept safe in the library precincts while parents are choosing materials or when special children’s activities are taking place.
  • Placing a shed under the building for storage purposes. This relieves some of the overcrowding of materials such as chairs and library decorations for special occasions.
  • Replacement of structural materials.


The Waitakere City Council, followed by the Auckland Council, has hugely assisted us with a generous annual grant to cover the cost of lending material for our members.  This is largely in response to the lack of Council owned library facilities in Piha, Karekare and Anawhata.  All other library financial needs are met by the income raised by the Trust.


As we plan for the future, we are careful to continue fundraising efforts in order to put aside funds to ensure that the library will continue to develop according to the growing sophistication of library services in general and to the needs of our members.

We are constantly looking for ways to raise extra funds. At present we are planning for our fundraising Readers and Writers Festival to be held again over two weekends in July and August 2014.

Strategic Plan

The Trust has developed a strategic plan to provide future direction and focus. 

You can view our latest Strategic Plan here.