The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK) is a partnership between public libraries and The National Library of New Zealand.
Since the network began in November 2007, over 140 libraries have joined.
APNK is part of National Library and works with local government staff at public libraries to bring a free broadband Internet service to communities around the country.
Free internet and computing equipment in public libraries allows everyone to benefit from accessing, experiencing, and creating digital content.
APNK's aim is to open up the digital world to all people and communities by removing barriers like cost and geography, giving people free access to computers and fast, reliable Internet.
As community hubs and centres of learning and knowledge, public libraries have an important role to play in providing access to digital resources.
Scanners, audio recorders and Kete (digital repositories) allow communities to gather, digitise and store their histories and memories and to share them with others.
Access to this technology means libraries and their staff also build their skills and knowledge of the digital world and can share this with library users.
The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa was initially funded by the Community Partnership Fund of the New Zealand Government’s Digital Strategy and by other Government funding through the National Library of New Zealand.
Since July 2011 the network has operated on a sustainable cost-sharing model. Local authorities contribute towards the operation of the service but with the majority of funding still provided by National Library.
Based in Christchurch, the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa provides the following to partner organisations:
The APNK team also supports the Kōtui shared library system, a separate subscription service offered by National Library.