Many public libraries throughout New Zealand are finding themselves in challenging circumstances, with councils wanting to impose charges on basic services such as book borrowing. These and other cost-saving measures are being proposed at a number of local authorities as the squeeze goes on to reduce costs and increase revenue.
Labour MP Darien Fenton has introduced a Member’s Bill – Local Government (Public Libraries) Amendment Bill into Parliament. This is likely to be up for its first reading on 7th November.
LIANZA is asking for your support because we believe your organisation holds similar core values and interests to us: a commitment to human rights, literacy, and education as well as progression for everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation. Organisations such as yours are uniquely placed in their communities to make people aware of, and to encourage participation in, this campaign. You can help us to make MPs aware of how high levels of public support are for this Bill.