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Project Tongan School Books
90 Cartons of
Secondary Schools Books
Shipped to Tonga
In February 2018
Cyclone Gita swept through the Kingdom of Tonga leaving a trail of
destruction behind. Suffering in its wake were most schools which
suffered considerable water damage rendering most of their teaching
Bob McCaw, a member
of the Rotary Club of Taradale, an educationalist, and a man who had
considerable experience of working in Tonga, suggested to the Club that
rather than direct its efforts towards yet another book collection for
the Solomon Islands (they had completed 3 in previous years), they offer
to collect books for Tonga.
Bob used his Tongan
contacts, and the Club offer was readily accepted, with the request we try to
get books from High Schools, levels Year 9 to Year 13. All Club members were
asked to help contact schools and about half found positive responses of help
from schools, so collections started in earnest in August.
Books from Napier GHS
Books from Napier BHS
The major contributors were
William Colenso College
Napier Girls’ High School
Napier Boys’ High School
Sacred Heart College plus Wentworth School (Auckland)
Taradale High School
Hukarere Maori Girls’ College
Collection at Sacred
Heart, Theresa Cowen, HOD Science, Steve Winter, Mark Oldershaw, Richard
Above: Robbie Symons
and Paul McGrail share a joke outside Conroy’s shed
Robbie Symons and HOD Maths at Napier BHS, Stew Gourdie
collected, were stored in a warehouse made available by Conroy Removals
in Napier. Members volunteered once a week to help sort and pack the
books in cartons also provided Conroy’s. Collectors were amazed at some
of the top quality books being given away. This is the result of a
change of teaching delivery in many schools with learning material now
being delivered on-line rendering some books redundant..
The Final Packout
Hay, Bob McCaw, Robert Kyle, Mark Oldershaw, Steve Winter.
Absent, Robbie Symons
At the end of
November packing ceased and Conroy’s wrapped three pallets containing
90 cartons and stored them in a container which was then transported
to Auckland FOC where the consignment will be shipped to the Ministry of
Tonga in Nuku’alofa. The Rotary Club of Taradale pay the shipping costs
to Nuku’alofa in Tonga and the Ministry of Education in Tonga pay the
In the Container and ready to go
(Conroys), Steve McKenzie (Conroys),
Kyle, Bob McCaw, Richard Hay.
consignment departed on the vessel IMUA 11 on the 14th
Dec.and arrived in Nuku’alofa on the19th Dec 2018.
This site will be
updated when the MOE Tonga uplift the books from Customs early 2019
The Rotary Club of Taradale is indebted to Conroy Removals for their
continued support of Club Projects. Without their generous backing, this
project would have not been possible.
Read more on Club's past
Taradale Town Hall
The Town Hall is an attractive assembly hall
available for use by the local and wider Hawkes Bay community.
Hire the Hall
Puketapu Auction and Fair
The Club holds an annual Auction
and Fair (PAF) on the property of Roger Alexander at Puketapu. For more
information click the following link
The Trust supports the education and training
of therapist and nursing staff working with children and youth in Hawke’s Bay in
co-operation with the HBDHB. To learn about the Club's involvement in this
Dolbel Reserve is a passive Council
Recreation Park of some 18ha on the Western Hills of Taradale.
Memorial Education Trust.
Kelvin Tremain Memorial Education
Trust administers a fund for the benefit of students NZ wide and can partner
with other similar trusts globally.
For details of how to make
an application for KTMET funding, click here.