Books head­ing to the Cooks

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

A dam­aged li­brary in the Cook Is­lands has brought out the gen­er­ous side of Porirua res­i­dents and schools.

The li­brary, used by Nuketere Col­lege and Avatea Pri­mary School in the Aro­rangi dis­trict, was rav­aged by fire last month.

The Cook Is­lands High Com­mis­sion is run­ning an ap­peal un­til De­cem­ber 10 for re­place­ment books.

Ti­tahi Bay teach­ers Jo Pri­est and Karl Payne are based in Aro­rangi and have two chil­dren at Avatea School.

Their friend, Anne Rose, con­tacted Porirua City Coun­cil, and sought do­na­tions through so­cial me­dia, and they are flood­ing in.

Louellen Bon­al­lack, from Ngati Toa School, said the school had raided its stocks of books and was do­nat­ing about 70.

There were sev­eral Cook Is­land chil­dren at Ngati Toa, she said.

‘‘A school fire is hor­ri­ble. It can re­ally knock kids. We’re lucky to have a well-stocked li­brary and can spare some books, gladly.’’

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