Birthday cake for Paihia Library

Published on 08 March 2023


We can’t believe it has been 20 years since Paihia Library moved into the Williams House, so staff marked the occasion with a birthday cake on 22 February.

In 2003, the Paihia Library was moved out of a back room in the Paihia War Memorial Hall and relocated on the ground floor of Williams House.

The library is housed across from the beach in an early 20th century building that belonged to the Williams family which they occupied from 1924 until 1993. Williams house was registered in 1996 with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, under the Historic Places Act 1993, as a Category 2 Historic Place.

It is an important historical site for the Bay of Islands and an important facility providing library services six days a week for 4000 permanent residents and the many visitors we see in the Bay of Islands.

Williams House is near the Paihia waterfront, next to the main shopping centre, with the main entrance in Williams Road. Between the house and Marsden Road is an open, grassy reserve now known as The Village Green.

A big Thank You to Louise Rendell for baking us a cake to share with the lovely Paihia Library patrons.

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