Meet our staff

Meet our staff

Here are the Librarians working for Matamata-Piako District Libraries:

Josh - Library Assistantjosh

I joined the libraries after college, worked here for three years, then wandered off on a mystical quest into the land of Nod where I was taught how to skateboard by a Chinese man with a full back tattoo. I then returned to the libraries having gained much in the way of wisdom but having also lost some measure of my sanity. I like reading about English country houses, British sports cars and the New Zealand wilderness.

Articles like this: are why I like the NZ Geo website, as it teaches me facts about the places I like to visit and the animals that I encounter in my travels. Here’s another good one:

You can get on to the NZ Geo website for free at any of our libraries, using our computers, or the free WiFi.  We've also got the NZ Geographic magazines in print in the libraries, too.



Lorraine - Library Team LeaderLorraine3

I'm a tattoeed crazy Winnie the Pooh follower who loves to read!

Being Team Leader in our Local Library is the best position out. I am a Grandma with 5 grandsons and I live for my family and my love of books. I love all the changes that are happening in Libraries, and technology now plays a big part in our day-to-day service. Encouraging young ones to explore in our space, then watching them come back as Young Adults and then parents has been a delight over the years.

I have just enjoyed reading the “Sara Maas Thorne of Glass” series which is a great read to escape into if you like fantasy books.

Digging in our electronic databases, I have been using “Ancestry Library Edition” quite a lot lately. This is available in the library and is a great place to start looking into your family history.  If you are looking for information on The Treaty of Waitangi, visit to learn all the history of the Treaty and read “The story of the treaty" by Claudia Orange.