22 January 2008

New Books

The Society Coordinator has returned from her Christmas holiday in New Zealand with 8 cartons of new books. Our grateful thanks to Air New Zealand which carried the books to Rarotonga free of charge.

There's a wide range non-fiction and fiction to cater for all tastes:
  • Opera for Lovers - Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Spicy Wok Cooking;
  • Healthy Heart Cook Book;
  • Meditation: The Inner Way;
  • The Good German - J. Kanon;
  • Bergdorf Blondes - Plum Sykes;
  • Posh and Becks - Andrew Morton;
  • The Astrological Book of Baby names;
  • The Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Cricket - P. Arnold & P. Wynne-Thomas;
  • The Complete Stories of Katherine Mansfield;
  • Ya-yas in Bloom - R. Wells;
  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed - John Irving;
  • Championship Bowls - Bill Irish;
  • Angels of Death: Inside the Biker's Global Crime Empire;
  • Alien Abductions - P. Brookesmith, etc...

New Roof

Through the kind assistance of UNESCO we have obtained $26,000USD, which will enable us to partially re-roof our building. The building has sported the same original roof since its construction 44 years ago.

Many attempts have been made over the years to plug up various leaks in the roof but as fast as one spot is closed up another develops elsewhere. Not good for books.

The roof has been a bane for the consecutive councils of the Society on account of the huge projected cost outlay, both for materials and labour and the lack of local funding assistance (though we hope to change that by sourcing the remaining $30,000 through the sponsorship of several local businesses).

Ross Holmes, barrister and solicitor of Auckland, New Zealand, kindly assisted with reducing the cost, by $1,000, of the pre-cut roofing iron which was imported from New Zealand.

Pictured: Our soon-to-be new Roof!