Nau mai, haere mai

Have a pānuihia (read) about what we do and why.

Educational Toys

We are a Toy Library on Waiheke Island

"The more we share, the more we have." ~Leonard Nimoy

First established in 2000, we are 100% run by volunteers.


We provide whānau (families) on Waiheke with toys, party and specialty items for tamariki (children) aged 0–12 years old.

Our range is available to both locals and visitors to Waiheke Island.

We operate as a Book & Collect service only.

Learning through Play

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning." ~Fred Rogers (a.k.a. Mr. Rogers)

Research shows that despite the known benefits, children today are playing less than ever. 

Play contributes to a child's sense of hauora (wellbeing) and can support the development of intrapersonal skills such as self esteem, motivation, resilience, concentration, persistence and time management. 

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. 

Play is important to healthy brain development.

It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

Toddler with Toys
Image by Robert Collins

Our Haerenga (journey) is one of Sustainability

Whatu ngarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua.
(People will perish, but the land is permanent)." ~Māori proverb

​When you become a member of our toy library, you are supporting our sustainability cause!

  • Waste reduction per whānau (in packaging and in toys purchased)

  • Saving perfectly working toys from going to landfill

  • Supporting whānau with access to more toys at lower costs

We love all the good that comes from Volunteering and Giving

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." ~Winston Churchill

When you give for the good of others, it's actually good for you, too.

While Waiheke Toy Library (very gratefully) survives off receiving the generous support of the community, sponsors and partners (shout out to you all; you know who you are), what we are really here for is the giving.

Do you know about all the benefits you receive from volunteering and giving? It not only has a positive impact on you (counteracts stress, anxiety, anger; boosts self-confidence; offers additional work experience; promotes a sense of fulfilment) but if you're a parent, it has a trickle down effect on your kids. Just ask Esther Wojcicki, educator, auther of How to Raise Successful People and mother of two CEOs and a doctor!

So go on . . . dip your toes in the world of volunteering.

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