2 May 2013

Library in Bougainville built by New Zealand charity about to open

3:18 pm on 2 May 2013

A new library being built in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is nearly complete and will open at the end of the month.

Volunteer Service Abroad's Peter Swain says a volunteer builder is travelling from New Zealand to Arawa to complete the final stages of the 'House Stori' this week.

The campaign to build the library is led by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, whose award winning novel, 'Mr Pip' is set in Bougainville during the decade-long civil war.

Mr Swain says there have been some delays in getting resources to Bougainville, but the community is eager to experience the finished library.

"There's the opportunity for writers, for poets, for people in the creative arts to be at the library. To use that as a place for residencies, a place to tell stories, to encourage local people to tell their stories as part of the ongoing growth of Bougainville."

Peter Swain says some cultural events have already been successfully held in the new library.