16 Nov 2011

NZ funded library on Bougainville progressing well

9:30 am on 16 November 2011

Progress is being made on a New Zealand funded library being built in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville.

The library was inspired by New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones, whose award winning book, Mister Pip, is set in Bouganville.

It aims to provide books and education for those denied it during the civil war.

A Volunteer Service Abroad member, Barry Binding, has just spent six weeks establishing a building management plan for the library, which is to be built in the grounds of Arawa High School.

He says the trip helped cement the support of locals as they could to see what the library will look like once it is completed.

"When I was there last time I made a 1/25th scale model of the library so people could see what it was going to look like. So this time there is lots of support and people are really keen to get it done and are pretty excited"

The materials needed to build the library are being sourced in Bougainville to help support the local economy.

Mr Binding says he'll return to the province in February by which time the timber should be ready.