21 Jun 2013

Bougainville's library, Haus Stori, to fill multiple roles

4:10 am on 21 June 2013

A library due to open in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville today has multiple aims.

The library has been built by the New Zealand based Bougainville Library Trust after being inspired by New Zealand author, Lloyd Jones, whose book, Mr Pip, is set during Bougainville's civil war.

The New Zealand group has been working with the Bougainville Heritage Trust, whose spokesman, James Koibo, says the library, to be known as the Haus Stori, will be like a museum in strengthening Bougainvilleans' knowledge of their heritage.

"The other objective is supporting the capturing and the retention of local legends - stories, poems, music, songs into printed material. The other objective is to support the collection and recording of stories of local arts, crafts and artifacts."

James Koibo.