NZDF delivers tonne of books to Solomons

3:32 pm on 7 June 2017

The New Zealand Defence Force has delivered about a tonne of textbooks and children's books to the only public library in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

A Volunteer Service Abroad worker at the library, Daphne Smithers, chose the books from Rotary donations in her home town of Greymouth a year ago.

She said they were mainly textbooks and non-fiction books that secondary and tertiary students desperately need, as well as children's books.

The Honiara City Library.

The Honiara City Library. Photo: Supplied/New Zealand Defence Force

Ms Smithers said she was glad they were now on the move after sitting in a Greymouth warehouse for a year.

She said the younger people of Honiara are hungry for books..

A Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules aircraft took the books as part of a scheduled Pacific flight on Tuesday.

Books being loaded onto a C-130 Hercues.

Books being loaded onto a C-130 Hercues. Photo: Supplied/New Zealand Defence Force

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