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Wednesday, September 4, 2013


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Covers come off books project

By Merania Karauria

Wanganui was among the cities and towns throughout the country yesterday to launch the Travelling Books project that will see another 7000 books on the move. The project was launched at Government House by Sir Jerry Mateparae and involves leaving books in public places for others to find, read and pass on. Now in its third year, the Travelling Books project was initiated by Literacy Aotearoa

and New Zealand Post, to foster a love of reading. Kindergartens joined the Ta- whero School community yester- day to hear local politician, law- yer and author Hamish McDouall and Whanganui Learning Centre manager Gail Harrison talk about the importance of reading. Mr McDouall held up his dictionary with 2200 pages: ‘‘It’s

all about words


all about

language.’’ Travelling Book hunters will recognise the new releases by a distinctive sticker on the cover. Inside the cover they will find easy-to-follow instructions on how to pass the books on once they have finished reading.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 News Wanganui Chronicle 3 Covers come off books project By Merania Karauria

ON MOVE: Hamish McDouall, author, lawyer and politician, holds his

dictionary of 2200 pages, watched by adult learners from Literacy



‘‘Leave it in a dry place for the next person to pick it up and take it home to read,’’ Mrs Harrison told the children. Each book has a unique code inside the front cover, so anyone who picks it up and reads it is invited to log on to the Literacy Aotearoa website and record its title and location. Everyone who reports a book sighting goes into a monthly

draw to win one of two $50 Prezzy Cards donated by NZ Post. Huia Publishers, Random House, Gecko Press and Scholas- tic all offered generous discounts to support the project. Among the children’s selec- tion of 11 books are Dinosaur Rescue — Stego Snottysaurus by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley, Ta Tarau o Papa Koroua

by Joy Watson, and Margaret Mahy’s Organ Music. Seven books are in the young adult fiction category, 10 in the adult fiction, and nine in the adult non-fiction, which includes Julian Arahanga’s Born to Fly — the Story of John Pohe. Mr Pohe grew up in Putiki and Taihape and was one of the 76 Allied air force officers who escaped from a WWII prisoner of war camp in Poland. The film The Great Escape was based on their exploits. Mr Pohe and two other New Zealanders were among those recaptured and who were shot on Hitler’s orders. Literacy Aotearoa chief executive Bronwyn Yates said the aim of the project was to make books readily available to New Zealanders everywhere. ‘‘It highlights the power of giving, builds community and is a practical, grassroots approach to promoting literacy,’’ Ms Yates said. The ultimate aim was to raise people’s awareness that adult literacy was a major national issue. ‘‘We are celebrating literacy in a way that focuses on the positive and fun aspects of read- ing, learning and expanding our worlds,’’she said.

Merchant Navy sailors honoured

By Daniel Jackson

More than 30 people turned out to the service to mark Merchant Navy Day at the Wanganui Cenotaph yesterday, much to the delight of Bob Gibson. Mr Gibson, 87, sailed all over the globe as part of the Merchant Navy in World War II and lost many friends. He was a driving force behind gaining recognition for the service and a memorial day was finally granted in New Zealand in 2010. ‘‘The Merchant Navy has always been the bridesmaid to the other armed forces but we lost more men per capita than any of the other armed forces.’’ The Merchant Navy carried essential supplies including food and ammunition during the war and ran terrible risks of attack from German submarines and

other enemy Bob Gibson ships. September 3 was chosen as, while it is the an- niversary
Bob Gibson
September 3
was chosen as,
while it is the an-
niversary of the
start of World
War II, it is also
the day on which

the first Merchant Navy ship — the SS Athenia — was sunk in 1939. Representa- tives of conflicts including Korea, Vietnam and Crete were present at yesterday’s service, which also includedabugler and bagpipers. ‘‘We are very grateful to have the full support of the RSA. It’s good to see the boys here.’’ More than 50,000 allied sailors were killed, including 150 from New Zealand, during the war. Mr Gibson gave an emotional tribute: ‘‘This day is for those whose only grave was the sea.’’

Council looking at ways to plug our leaky pools

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year, water consumption had leapt to 17,849 cubic metres or 17.8 million litres. That cost the trust running the complex about $15,400 in water charges. Then another reading, done just 17 days later, showed an- other 1.7 million litres had been ‘‘consumed’’, all of it pumped in from the city’s water supply. Water has been leaking from both pools, but until they are fully investigated, officers do not know if the problem is leaks in the pools or from the pipes under the pools. Some minor cracks in the wall of the learners’ pool had been repairedanumber of times but had reopened after the July 21 earthquake. Problems with cracks and slipping in the area were not new, but the massive water loss is a major concern. As the start of a new swim-

ming season draws closer, the council will have to make decisions. Mayor Annette Main said council needed all the detail about costs of repairs before it could make an informed decision. Councillor Rangi Wills said keeping the pool open must be a council priority. ‘‘We trumpet the fact we’re a family-friendly city, but at the first sign of trouble we run for cover,’’ Mr Wills said. ‘‘It’s an investment in our children’s future, because there are people in Wanganui who can’t afford to go to the Splash Centre.’’ Councillor Ray Stevens said it was not a matter of council being scared, ‘‘but money is going to have to be thrown at this, so how much will it cost?’’ The pool is managed and operated by the Wanganui East Pool Trust.


BNZ staff volunteer

Staff from BNZ’s Wanganui branch will do their bit for the community when the bank closes branches across the country today for its annual Closed for Good initiative. It is the fourth year the bank has held the one-day volunteer event. Wanganui branch staff will join their 3500 colleagues in tackling 450 different projects nationwide. Local staff will be at Upokongaro School helping the staff at the library upgrade their books to the new catalogue system just installed. Another group will get stuck into the gardens around St John’s Hill kindergarten as well as helping out in a general tidy-up.Athird group will be at the Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation regional centre, water blasting and helping to trim and clean gardens.

Council surplus grows

The South Taranaki District Council is due to deliver a $12 million surplus for the 2012/13 year compared to a budgeted surplus of $1.57 million, according to its Interim Annual Report presented at Monday’s policy development meeting. The bulk of the surplus comes from strong earnings from its Long Term Investment Fund. It has returned almost $8 million more than the council budgeted. The final audited Annual Report for 2012/13 is due at the end of October.

Cold weather due

MetService is warning of severe gales in Wanganui from this evening and into tomorrow morning. The winds are likely to be strong, bitterly cold southerlies and will be accompanied by snow in higher inland areas. Snow is expected to fall to 500m on the Central Plateau and 400m in Taranaki tonight. The stormy weather is caused by a ‘‘vigorous cold front’’ sweeping up the South Island and on to the lower North Island. Farmers are warned to take appropriate action to care for their stock, and motorists travelling are advised to take caution.


A name was spelled incorrectly in Monday’s story about the St John competitions. The correct spelling is Natalie Burns. We regret the error.

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