Going electric in Upper Hutt!
New Zealand’s first electric vehicle (EV) mobile library service, Mangaroa, is coming to Upper Hutt Libraries.
“We are delighted with Mangaroa, and are very proud to have the first EV mobile library service in New Zealand,” says Upper Hutt Libraries Manager, Marion Read. “Our purpose-built EV has been worth the wait and we’re looking forward to connecting with more of our local community.”
The name Mangaroa (Long Stream) was selected for the new EV to acknowledge local place names. The Mangaroa River travels the length of Upper Hutt providing life-supporting nutrients and is one of the four main tributaries feeding Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt River). Likewise, the new EV mobile library service will travel the length and breadth of Upper Hutt making readily available both mātauranga (knowledge) and manaakitanga (support) to those within our community who cannot readily access it.
Artist, Christopher Davidson continues the story first brought to life through Pūrehurehu, the library's first mobile library service launched in 2020. The artwork on the exterior and inside of Mangaroa, has elements of iconic scenes that Upper Hutt residents know and love, with references to Te Awa Kairangi, and the flora and fauna surrounding the city. The landscape imagery on the EV includes books and illustrations of solar panels to serve as reminders of the eco-friendly nature of the mobile library service.
When the service begins in September, the vehicle will be used as a multipurpose outreach facility to work with various parts of the Upper Hutt community.