The New Zealand Defence Force has tasked an Air Force C-130 Hercules strategic airlift aircraft on a scheduled flight to the Pacific to transport today more than a tonne of books for disadvantaged children in Papua New Guinea.
13 February 2017
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) transported today more than a tonne of books for disadvantaged children in Papua New Guinea.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules strategic airlift aircraft on a scheduled flight to the Pacific was tasked to deliver the books to Port Moresby.
“This is the second year we’ve delivered books to PNG, and we are delighted to help get thousands of books into the hands of kids who need them. We all know that books and learning go hand in hand, and this is a tremendous opportunity to support our regional neighbours develop all important literacy rates for the next generation,” Air Commodore Webb, the Air Component Commander, said.
The books were collected from New Zealand libraries by Lorraine Goldsmith, the wife of PNG’s Honorary Consul-General in Auckland, Dr Peter Goldsmith.
“Most have been given to libraries in Bougainville that have very few books. Since the libraries have received the books, there has been an 80 per cent increase in children wishing to read these books, which is quite outstanding,” Dr Goldsmith said.
The NZDF delivered earlier this month over three tonnes of textbooks donated for high schools in Fiji that were damaged last year by Tropical Cyclone Winston. An Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft transported almost 11,000 books covering subjects including English, maths, chemistry, physics and biology for Years 10-13 students.