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Air Force flies donated books to Solomons

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

© Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images The main public library in the Solomon Islands is set for a major boost as the Kiwi air force flies in one tonne of donated books.

The books left New Zealand for Honiara on Tuesday aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft after they had earlier sat in a warehouse in Greymouth for one year.

New Zealander Daphne Smithers, who is working as an adviser at Honiara City Library, said she chose the books in Greymouth from donations already made to non-profit group Rotary.

She said she couldn't wait to get them to Honiara because its young people were hungry for books.

"These are mainly textbooks and non-fiction books that secondary and tertiary students desperately need, as well as children's books," she said.

Ms Smithers said Honiara had a population of about 64,000 and its library had about 6500 books.

Most of these books dated from the 1980s and 1990s and were in poor condition because of constant exposure to moisture and dust.

Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the NZDF regularly delivered donated books to Pacific Island countries.

In February, an Air Force C-130 aircraft delivered more than three tonnes of donated textbooks to Fiji and more than a tonne of children's books to Papua New Guinea.

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