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Founder of the very first community public library in The Kingdom of Tonga Brendan D & Kahoa Meimuli Corbett.

Our ideas to have the very first community public library set up in Kolovai is when  the Cyclone Gita damaged 85 % of all residential houses including local Primary Schools. These houses has  no roof on most of them including my family house. We visited the local Free Wesylan Primary School next door and noticed there were no journal books for these children to read. Floor was very damp and all furniture were damaged. Our hearts went out to these schools and the community for what had Gita done to the community. We then decided to approach the Auckland Central Library head Office head of the Cancelation to see if they can help us starting up this project. Emails were sent out to all 57 Auckland Public Libraries by Tricia Alexander letting them  know that we are setting up the very first Community Public Library in Tonga and that we will ship them over. May 2018 we started collecting books including some of the schools donating journal books as well. Now we have shipped already thousands of books and the library will be up and running OC July this year. CFR line shipping company have been very generous to us and offered to ship all our books to Tonga free of charge. Ministry of Education in Tonga offered to sign off the consignment when books arrived in Tonga. We are very happy with the generosity of the Auckland City Council, 57 Auckland Libraries Branches, Lion Internationals Ellerslie/Onehunga, Onzo bikes, Bunning Warehouse Mt Roskill, SKYTV, Sam Soane for proviting all light bulbs for the whare Library, Electrician Folau Manu and his staff for installing all the lights for us and to all branches of Auckland Libraries. Malo ‘aupito. Nga mihi nui atu.

Kolovai Community Public Library.

New Zealand’s newest Koha library: Kolovai Library Tonga.

Common Euan – Mask. Help Tonga out

“I am respectfully asking if you could see your way please to providing urgent Starlink internet communications to public officials and the good people of Tonga in this moment of need.”

6 March 2020

by Tosca Waerea

In October 2019, Tonga opened its first-ever public library in the village of Kolovai. When Catalyst representatives met the woman behind this project, they were very happy to sponsor Kolovai Library Tonga through a hosted Koha installation free of charge for the next five years.

Children in the Kolovai Library

 When Tonga experienced its worst storm in years due to Cyclone Gita, Kahoa and Brendon Corbett saw that schools were in need of books. This inspired their effort to source, collect and ship books across to Kolovai.
On one of their trips home to Tonga, Kahoa noticed an unused fale in the village and took the opportunity to ask about using it for a library. They were able to send their first shipment to Tonga in May 2018 thanks to the assistance of their local New Zealand library. Since then, the library collection has grown to include over 20,000 items and has received donations in the form of laptops, bikes for hire, paint, and hands-on help from members of the local community.


Kahoa notes, “It was a tough job collecting books in the last 19 months, juggling with helping babysit our six mokopuna, and working full time, but I was so determined to make it happen – to have the library started and up and running for the community.”
With plans to meet with government officials, Kahoa is already looking to extend library services to Nuku’alofa next year with a second branch. “We already have enough books shipped over and they are currently stored in our family home.”
 

Children in Library

Kathryn Tyree, Project and Account Manager at Catalyst, met Kahoa Corbett at the 2019 LIANZA conference in Manukau. Inspired by Kahoa’s drive, they discussed the suitability of Koha as the library management system to support the volunteer-led effort to bring public library services to Tonga. Kathryn notes, “I am so thrilled we could do this for their project. I have so much admiration for what they have achieved.”

Donations

Kolovai Library Tonga is accepting donations. All received funds and items will contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of collections and building.

Bank account name: Kolovai Community Public Library
Bank account number: ANZ BANK – swiftcode ANZBTONN1935024

Bank account number: Kolovai Community Public Library

Bank account number: Kiwibank 38-9000-0114295-01

Postal address: PO Box 1118 Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Island

Kolovai

Kolovai, population of approximately 4,267 people, is a village on the Tongan island of Tongatapu. Situated approximately 18km west of Nuku’alofa, Kolovai is home to a colony of flying foxes, the traditional lakalaka dance of Tonga, and the koka tree which is said to be where Tu’i Kanokupolu title (recognised ruler) would be conferred.

About Koha:

The Koha community supports free and open source library management software for approximately 15,000 libraries worldwide and has been translated to more than 40 languages, including, te reo Māori. Catalyst IT have a dedicated Koha team who implement and support Koha for libraries in Aotearoa, and contribute their expertise to the global Koha community project and development team.

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Donations:

Kolovai Library Tonga is accepting donations. All received funds and items will contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of collections and building.

Bank account name: Kolovai Community Public Library
Bank account number: ANZ BANK 1935024

Bank account number also: Kolovai Community Public Library

Bank account number: KIWIBANK 38-9000-0114295-01

Postal address: PO Box 1118 Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Island

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Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami: National MP Shane Reti appeals to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to help with telecommunications

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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has responded to a National MP’s appeal to urgently help Tonga restore its internet connection after the volcanic eruption severed communications.

Dr Shane Reti yesterday published a letter he had sent to Musk, asking for help to provide his Starlink satellite technology to the Pacific country.

The devastating eruption last Saturday damaged an undersea telecommunications cable, which could take a month to repair.

Reti, the National Party’s health spokesman, said that he wrote to Musk on Monday asking if he would contribute Starlink to the emergency. The technology uses satellites to deliver internet access to remote locations around the world.

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National MP Shane Reti appealed to Musk to deploy his Spacelink technology to Tonga after an underground communications cable was damaged by the eruption. Photo / Mark Mitchell
National MP Shane Reti appealed to Musk to deploy his Spacelink technology to Tonga after an underground communications cable was damaged by the eruption. Photo / Mark Mitchell

“I am respectfully asking if you could see your way please to providing urgent Starlink internet communications to public officials and the good people of Tonga in this moment of need.”

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Kolovai Community Public Library

New Zealand’s newest Koha library: Kolovai Library Tonga

6 March 2020

by Tosca Waerea

In October 2019, Tonga opened its first-ever public library in the village of Kolovai. When Catalyst representatives met the woman behind this project, they were very happy to sponsor Kolovai Library Tonga through a hosted Koha installation free of charge for the next five years.

Children in the Kolovai Library

 When Tonga experienced its worst storm in years due to Cyclone Gita, Kahoa and Brendon Corbett saw that schools were in need of books. This inspired their effort to source, collect and ship books across to Kolovai.
On one of their trips home to Tonga, Kahoa noticed an unused fale in the village and took the opportunity to ask about using it for a library. They were able to send their first shipment to Tonga in May 2018 thanks to the assistance of their local New Zealand library. Since then, the library collection has grown to include over 20,000 items and has received donations in the form of laptops, bikes for hire, paint, and hands-on help from members of the local community.


Kahoa notes, “It was a tough job collecting books in the last 19 months, juggling with helping babysit our six mokopuna, and working full time, but I was so determined to make it happen – to have the library started and up and running for the community.”
With plans to meet with government officials, Kahoa is already looking to extend library services to Nuku’alofa next year with a second branch. “We already have enough books shipped over and they are currently stored in our family home.”
 

Children in Library

Kathryn Tyree, Project and Account Manager at Catalyst, met Kahoa Corbett at the 2019 LIANZA conference in Manukau. Inspired by Kahoa’s drive, they discussed the suitability of Koha as the library management system to support the volunteer-led effort to bring public library services to Tonga. Kathryn notes, “I am so thrilled we could do this for their project. I have so much admiration for what they have achieved.”

Donations

Kolovai Library Tonga is accepting donations. All received funds and items will contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of collections and building.

Bank account name: Kolovai Community Public Library
Bank account number: ANZ BANK 1935024

Bank account number also: Kolovai Community Public Library

Bank account number: KIWIBANK 38-9000-0114295-01

Postal address: PO Box 1118 Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga Island

Kolovai

Kolovai, population of approximately 4,267 people, is a village on the Tongan island of Tongatapu. Situated approximately 18km west of Nuku’alofa, Kolovai is home to a colony of flying foxes, the traditional lakalaka dance of Tonga, and the koka tree which is said to be where Tu’i Kanokupolu title (recognised ruler) would be conferred.

About Koha:

The Koha community supports free and open source library management software for approximately 15,000 libraries worldwide and has been translated to more than 40 languages, including, te reo Māori. Catalyst IT have a dedicated Koha team who implement and support Koha for libraries in Aotearoa, and contribute their expertise to the global Koha community project and development team.

Links:


Follow Catalyst on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to with all of our opportunities and news.


Catalyst is a New Zealand owned and operated company where openness, long term relationships, community and diversity are essential characteristics of how we do business. Since 1997, Catalyst has been enabling success with expert open source solutions, and clients all over the world trust us with their mission-critical systems.

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friendly experts!

Get in contact EMAIL: kahoacorbett@gmail.com

Kolovai Community Public Library Fala’o Ata. Kingdom of Tonga. What’s the good of news if you haven’t a sister to share it? Great News received last Sunday morning as both my sister and her husband. Tongan Legend rugby player of all times for Tonga are fine. We’re waiting patiently for more updates received from acting NZ High Commissioner Peter Lund. Great work my niece tracking down your parents after the horrific eruption in the Kingdom of Tonga.

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Kolovai Community Public Library. Fala ‘o Ata. Kingdom of Tonga. Manager of Kolovai Public Library Mele Kamoto and Acting NZ High Commissioner Peter Lund. We still waiting to hear what state the library in. Peter Lund acting NZ High Commissioner is at Ha’apai Island near Hunga-Ha’apai where the eruption happened. We will keep you all updated when received more updates from Peter Lund acting NZ High Commissioner

Kolovai Community Public Library Fala ‘o Ata. Kingdom of Tonga

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Kolovai Community Public Library Fala ‘o Ata. Kingdom of Tonga would like to THANK LIANZA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NZ AOTEAROA FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME IN TONGA

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Te na koe NZ acting High Commissioner first update from the Kingdom last night everyone for your thoughts and concern. Tonga’s internet is down after the undersea cable broke yesterday. Thankfully we have satellite connectivity through the MFAT system – but only in the NZ High Com office. It’s been an awful time, but Nuku’alofa is still standing, electricity has been restored to many homes, local mobile phones working but not internationally. The big clean up will be getting under way this week. Volcanic ash has blanketed Nuku’alofa. Will try and load some photos this week.

Scientist are predicting that Tonga’s main Island, Tongatapu, could be blanketed in an ash this morning. An Auckland University volcanologist, Shane Cronin, said that magma type erupted by Hunga- Tonga – Hunga- Ha’apai is called is an ‘intermediate composition’ similar to what comes from Ruapehu volcano. It was not especially rich in volatiles such as sulphur or flourine, and as a result this volcanic ash was not especially toxic. How ever, all volcanic ash could produce acid rain. “Help will be needed to restore drinking water supplies” Dr Cronin said the Hunga- eruption was one in -1000-year event. Radiocarbon dating suggested one major eruption of this scale occurred about AD1100 and another in AD200, he said. “This along with other data from the volcanic ash records, suggests a recurrence interval of 9000 to 1000 years for very large eruptions at the volcano. “The current eruption seems to be one of these large events which fits with the timing since the last of these in ( circle ) AD1100 Ofa lahi Atu ki he famili katoa ‘i Kolovai Moe Tonga katoa ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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