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Te Whare Pukapuka o Waitohi Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub

The new Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Hub is now open. Find our Opening Hours and more below.

Artist's impression of the new Waitohi Community Hub

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34 Moorefield Road
New Zealand

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Waitohi Parking lot:
26 spaces with a 2 hour time limit and 3 disabled parking spaces.

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Opening hours

From Thursday 14 May.

Alert Level 2 - Tuhura (The HIVE) is closed.

Day Hours
Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm from Sunday 7 June


All programmes are on hold.

Event Calendar

Welcome to Tūhura HIVE

Welcome to Tūhura HIVE (Home of Invention and Various Experiments) at Johnsonville Library. Tūhura HIVE is located on the lower ground floor of the new Johnsonville Library, at the Waitohi Community Hub. It is a community space and the home of cutting-edge technology, where people of all ages can get together, explore, create, and innovate. From 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, audio recording, coding, using robotics, electronics, and craft supplies, to sewing, weaving and more, we offer endless opportunities for everyone to get inspired and create. Check out the event calendar to see what's on here.
Come and join us on this journey!


  • 3D printing: $0.10 per gram
  • Laser cutting: $4.00 per 500x300mm plywood sheet; machine use free
  • Sewing/overlocking: Free
  • Tūhura/HIVE studio: Free for first two hours, then $17.90/hour

3D Printers

We have three 3D Printers in the HIVE; Holly, Kryten and Queeg 500. We use white PLA plastic filament in all three of them which is biodegradable, non-toxic and makes for a good surface for painting onto. 3D Printing costs 10 cents per gram of filament and is calculated by the machines when we submit the job for printing. The software we use is UP Studio and was developed specifically for the printers.
Below are a few of the basic specs of each machine, plus a link to the manufacturer's page:

Tiertime UP300

  • Name: Queeg 500
  • Build volume: 205mm x 255mm x 225mm (XYZ)
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
  • Layer thickness (nozzle dependent): 0.1/0.15/0.2/0.25mm
  • Link to manufacturer: Tiertime UP300

Tiertime UPBox+


  • Name: Kryten
  • Build volume: 205mm x 255mm x 205mm (XYZ)
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
  • Layer thickness (nozzle dependent): 0.1/0.15/0.2/0.25mm
  • Link to manufacturer: Tiertime UPBox+

Tiertime UP Mini 2 ES

UP Mini 2 ES

  • Name: Holly
  • Build volume: 120mm x 120mm x 120mm (XYZ)
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
  • Layer thickness: 0.15/0.2/0.25mm
  • Link to manufacturer: Tiertime UP Mini 2 ES

Laser Cutting

We are lucky enough at Tūhura HIVE to have access to a Laser cutter. The laser cutter is capable of going through a variety of materials/can cut and etch/engrave on a variety of materials, and is able to do some very intricate patterns. We have a supply 3mm Poplar plywood for $4 a sheet (300mm x 500mm), though you are able to use your own materials, with staff permission. We use a piece of software called Lightburn. more about Lightburn can be found here
The machine's specs are:

Darkly Labs Emblaser 2

Emblaser 2

  • Name: Zim
  • Bed size: 300mm x 500mm
  • Beam size: 0.1-0.2mm
  • Beam type: Optical; equivalent to 15-20watt CO2 laser
  • Resolution: up to 1200dpi
  • Link to manufacturer: Darkly labs Emblaser 2


Sewing machine
Overlocker Have something you have always to sew, or create, but don't have acces to a sewing machine? We are here to help! We have 2 sewing machines and an overlocker that members of the public can come in and use free of charge. We have thread, so all you need to bring is fabric, and your creativity. We also provide knitting needles, crochet hooks, and wool so you can have a crack at knitting and crochet, plus we have a small loom! Click the links below for more info:

Tūhura HIVE Studio

Here at Tūhura HIVE, we have contructed a studio for you to come in and record and edit your musical and video creations. We used the philosophy of 'Your best home setup', so everything you do in the studio you can conceivably do at home. This is something very new for us, and everytime the studio is used we are learning along with you. The studio is free for the first two hours of usage, then is $17.50p/hr after that. We have listed some of our gear below. Bookings are essential; to book please email us your name, and prefered date and time to: johnsonville.library@wcc.govt.nz.

Studio Gear


  • Software: Logic Pro X, Garage Band, Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro
  • Audio Interface: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Gen3
  • Microphones: Rode NT-1a, Shure SM57, Shure SM58, AKG P170
  • Audio Monitors: Mackie CR4BT 4" Multimedia Monitors
  • Control Surface: Korg nanoKONTROL Studio
  • MIDI Keyboard: Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 8Nano
  • Electric Drums: Alesis Nitro Mesh 8-Piece kit
  • Electric Guitar: Squier Bullet Mustang
  • Guitar amp: Marshall CODE50
  • Bass Guitar: ESP LTD B10

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