Books heading to the Cooks
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.’’