An amount of $2m is being allocated for transition payments for public libraries, allowing for up to $30,000 per local authority plus a consideration for hardship. The intention of these payments is to support libraries as they transition out of the programme. We’ll send further information around the transition payments and how to apply by the end of the month.
Te Puna Services subscription fees will be waived for a further year (1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023) with the exception of the same state sector organisations previously excluded. The Te Puna Services team will be in touch with all libraries directly to confirm this.
Approximately $1m has been allocated for the continuation of the sustainability initiatives, including a Mātauranga Māori initiative, in the next financial year. While details are still to be confirmed, the high-level approach agreed to is to explore the establishment of a project team hosted by the National Library; and to fund a number of capability grants within the sector to support the implementation of this mahi.
There is still plenty of detail to be worked through and discussions with our sector partners will be ongoing throughout April. For further information on NZLPP, and to keep up to date on recent news, please visit our webpage — NZLPP Latest News
the NZLPP Interim Delivery Report can be found on the new NZLPP Reports page. The purpose of this Interim Delivery Report is to summarise 18 months of the programme’s mahi and spending — from establishment to the end of December 2021.
Rachel Esson, National Librarian Te Pouhuaki, says,
“I’ve been reflecting on June 2020, when the COVID recovery fund money came through to NZLPP, thinking what an extraordinary and exciting moment that was. I’ve also been reflecting on the enormous effort, goodwill and collaboration that has gone in to getting us to this point. Right from the outset, we designed the programme with the sector. With people who have given so much of their time and really enabled the programme to be successful. Now we're at the point where that funding is coming to an end and looking at our options, considering how we can lock in the benefits and positive things that have come from the programme and how we can best position the sector for the future.”
A final Delivery Report and Programme Evaluation Report will be provided after the programme’s closure. We have contracted Martin Jenkins for the delivery of an impact evaluation to assess the direct impact of the programme and the extent to which the programme's objectives have been met. These reports will also be made available on our reports page, once complete.