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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 Kingdom of Tonga is still continuing contactless collect services at the door only. Please check the Kolovai library Facebook page for updates or call direct to the Library manager Mele Mounu Kamoto on Mob: 6767717343, Kolovai Library landline+67641413, Hm:+67641293, email mounu17kamoto@gmail.com In the whole of Tonga over 24 hour period up to 6am Thursday 24th of March, bringing the total number of active.. cases in Tonga to 2,919. Positive cases in Tonga are forecast to peak at 1,000 cases per day…recovered from the virus. The total number of accumulative COVID-19 cases in Tonga now stands at 4,537. Please Maintain 1-2 mitre physical distancing from others. There limits to number of people permitted to the library ( outside) only at the same time. Maximum numbers only 2 at the time. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you want to collect an item, please ask a friend or a family member to help. If you’re self isolating, please hold on to your library items and return them when lockdown is back to normal. Don’t worry about missing your due dates during this time. Available library service at the front door of the library and from home. Manager Mele Kamoto will be available to help you pick up requests, select items for you & support you with printing requests. Call mob: Mele Kamoto +6767717343 or fill out: Go to Contact Us form on www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz Collect is available when Kolovai Library offers contactless services only. Malo ‘Aupito

Due to COVID Lockdown restrictions for Tongatapu, Vava’u and Ha’apai will ease further over the next two-weeks starting at 5am on Saturday, 23 April.”Tonga are still in the orange level but Minister of Health , wish that after two weeks the booster vaccination and kids vaccinations are above 70 percent.” Most had recovered and returned to working and their livelihoods as the level of the number of positive cases was now satisfactory . Kolovai Community Public Library Kingdom of Tonga is still continuing contactless collect services at the door only. Please check the Kolovai library Facebook page for updates or call direct to the Library manager Mele Mounu Kamoto – Mobile +6767717343 Library Landline+67641413, Hm: +67641293 Email mounu17kamoto@gmail.com or check the website Kolovai library.wordpress.com or www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz – Please maintain 1-2 mitre physical distancing from others. There are limits to number of people permitted to the library ( outside) only at the same time. Maximum numbers only 2 at the time. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you want to collect an item, please ask a friend or family member to help. If you are self isolating, please hold on to your library items and return them when lockdown is back to normal. Don’t worry about missing your due dates during this time. Available library service at the front door of the library and from home. Manager Mele Kamoto will be available to help you pick up requests, select items for you & support you with printing requests. Call Mele on +6767717343 or fill out Go to Contact Us form on www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz Collect is available when Kolovai Library offers contactless services only. Malo ‘Aupito

Due to COVID Lockdown Kolovai Community Public Library Kingdom of Tonga offering contactless collect services at the door only. Please check the Kolovai library Facebook page for updates or call direct to the Kolovai Public Library manager Mele Mounu Kamoto Mob# +6767717343/ Hme +67641293/ leave a message +67641413 to arrange a pick up website www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz – www.kolovailibrary.wordpress.com Please maintain 1 – 2mitre physical distancing from others. There are limits to number of people permitted to the library ( outside ) only at the same time. Maximum numbers only 2 at the time. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you want to collect an item, please ask a friend or family member to help. If you are self isolating, please hold on to your library items and return them when lockdown is back to normal. Don’t worry about missing your due dates during this time. Available library service at the front door of the library and from home. Contactless at the door. Mele Kamoto ( manager ) will be available to help you pick up requests, select library items for you, and support you with printing requests. Phone Mele in +6767717343 or fill out . Go to contact us form in www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz Collect is available when Kolovai Community Public Library offers contactless services only. Malo ‘aupito ♥️

Due to COVID Lockdown Kolovai Community Public Library Kingdom of Tonga offering contactless collect services at the door only. Please check the Kolovai library Facebook page for updates or call direct to the Kolovai Public Library manager Mele Mounu Kamoto Mob# +6767717343/ Hme +67641293/ leave a message +67641413 to arrange a pick up website www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz – www.kolovailibrary@wordpress.com Please maintain 1 – mitre physical distancing from others. There are limits to number of people permitted to the library ( outside ) only at the same time. Maximum numbers only 2 at the time. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you want to collect an item, please ask a friend or family member to help. If you are self isolating, please hold on to your library items and return them when lockdown is back to normal. Don’t worry about missing your due dates during this time. Available library service at the front door of the library and from home. Contactless at the door. Mele Kamoto ( manager ) will be available to help you pick up requests, select library items for you, and support you with printing requests. Phone Mele in +6767717343 or fill out . Go to contact us form in www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz Collect is available when Kolovai Community Public Library offers contactless services only. Malo ‘aupito ♥️

We at Kolovai Library, Brendan, myself, manager of Kolovai Community Public Library Mele Mounu Kamoto, would like to express heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all Auckland Library branches for their generous support.

We have collected and packed over hundred of banana boxes of library books ready to ship to Tonga

A special thank you to the deputy NZ High Commissioner Peter Lund for continual supporting of the Kolovai library when time are tough since the eruption and during the lockdown in Tonga. Your Volunteer open windows to the world and inspire us to explore, archive, and contribute to improving our quality of Life

Libraries provide the energy that fuels the imagination;   We thank all of you for your continual support, contribution, enthusiasm, dedication,  and passion that help us remain steadfast and purposefully driven with making a difference in the lives of others.

We’re Thankful for You! Malo e ‘Ofa ki Tonga

Due to COVID Lockdown restrictions eased further – 70 new COVID-19 cases, mostly near prison, from March 10th 9.30am – Saturday 12th – 4.30pm, Kolovai Community Puplic Library. Kingdom of Tonga offering contactless collect services at the door only.

Manager Mele Mounu Kamoto will be available to help you pick up requests, return items, and support you with printing. Free Wi-Fi is also available outside the building.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates to our library services during the Lockdown

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Ph mob: +6767717343/ Home: +67641293

email: mounu17kamoto@gmail.com

Thanks for your understanding and kindness.

Kolovai Community Public Library. Kingdom of Tonga remains closed, but alternative, limited service is being run for students on Western District only ( Hihifo ) This limited, ‘pick up’ only service will be available at Kolovai Public Library starting tomorrow ( Saturday 10 March ) The service will be available 10am – 5pm including Saturday. This service will also operate 1pm- 6pm Saturday. Please check the Kolovai library Facebook page for updates or call direct to the Kolovai Public Library manager Mele Mounu Kamoto Mob# +6767717343/ Hme +67641293 to arrange a pick up website www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz – www.kolovailibrary@wordpress.com www Please maintain 1 – mitre physical distancing from others. There are limits to number of people permitted to the library ( outside ) only at the same time. Maximum numbers only 2 at the time. If you feel unwell, please stay home. If you want to collect an item, please ask a friend or family member to help. If you are self isolating, please hold on to your library items and return them when lockdown is back to normal. Don’t worry about missing your due dates during this time. Available library service at the front door of the library and from home. Contactless at the door. Mele Kamoto ( manager ) will be available to help you pick up requests, select library items for you, and support you with printing requests. Phone Mele in +6767717343 or fill out . Go to contact us form in www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz Collect is available when Kolovai Community Public Library offers contactless services only. Malo ‘aupito ♥️

NEW ZEALAND OPEN SOURCE AWARDS. KOLOVAI LIBRARY KINGDOM OF TONGA.

Finalists Open Source People’s Choice Award. Te Kowhiri a te Iwi

People’s Choice Award – Te Kowhiri a te Iwi. Kolovai Public Library, Kingdom of Tonga for their use of Koha in providing community access to information and knowledge

Kolovai Library use Koha Library Management System to provide materials and services to help community members gather information and knowledge to meet their personal, educational, and cultural needs. The library is dedicated to enriching the lives of it’s community by fostering the spirit of exploration and lifelong learning for all ages. Over the span of 2 years, Kolovai Library founders Myself and my husband Brendan ( ko hoku mali ) turned an unusual Village Fale into a Public Library and sourced, collected, shipped over 20,000 items ( including donations of laptops, bikes for hire, paint, chairs donated from Auckland City Council, hands-on-help from local people). http://www.kolovailibrary.mykoha.co.nz

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Veteran activist Roger Fowler CEO Mangere Community Centre & The South Auckland veteran Human rights campaigner, his family & friends donated cleaning products, gloves, towels, sheets, soaps, detergent, scrubbing brushes,sponges, steel wool pot scrubbers, face cloth, tea towels etc to Kolovai Community Public Library. Everything of worth, on Earth is there to Share. Sharing & caring! Tena ki a koe katoa mo to tautoko kia koe Roger Fowler CEO Mangere Community Centre. Malo e ‘ofa ki Tonga. Nga mihi nui Atu ki ko e & your team ‘i Mangere Community Centre.

Kolovai Library Kingdom of Tonga is a place to Explore ( vakai’i ), of understanding ( muaki’ilo ), and to connect ideas ( fakahoko ) .https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/kolovai-community-public-library-2

Kolovai Community Public Library was officially opened in 2019. Our idea to have the first public library in Kolovai came out when we saw that Cyclone Gita damaged 85% of houses and primary schools. When visiting the local Free Wesleyan Primary School next Tonga we saw there were no books for Children to read, the floors were damp, and all of their Scholl desks, furniture were damaged.

Two years ago 2020, Cyclone Harold smashed into Tonga. Huge waves demolished many of the resorts along Hihifo Coast from Kolovai ( Fala ‘o Ata ) to Ha’atafu local families have been hugely affected with the total loss businesses, buildings – homes

This year 14th of January, 2022. A large eruption of underwater Hunga- Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, about 65km north of Nukualofa, shot think and ash and steam 20km skywards.The eruption caused a tsunami on Tonga’s largest Island, Tongatapu, with waves recorded at 12 meters ( about 4 feet ) near Nukualofa

The worse affected areas are the west coast of the main Island of Tongatapu

Kolovai Community Public Library in Kolovai is the neighbouring to Kanokupolu that was the most affected village on the main Island. Before Christmas we shipped whole lot of shelves ( used but in very good condition near new ) The got picked up from the wharf in Nukualofa three days the eruption hit Tonga.

These shelves and over hundred banana boxes of books donated from SKYTV & Auckland Council Library Branches. They are stored in a near by storage 10-15 minutes drive from the wharf. We were told all the area was Flooded from the Tsunami. The manager of Kolovai Public Library has not been able to check the condition of all the books and shelves in the storage as she had a bad fall the day after the Tsunami. Her house was flooded from the Tsunami. She’s now bed written and having physio treatment. Once she’s recovered from her injury, she should be able to give us how much books & shelves ( over hundreds of them ) damaged.

Kolovai Community Public Library storage in Nuku’alofa was covered with ashes & at this stage we understand the library is still standing but definitely need maintenance & probably most library books, laptops ( donated second hand ) laptops are damaged & all books need to be replaced. The landline has been cut and there is no communication up to now. Internet was installed at the library is not working. It is very hard and congested trying to be connected to Mele via cellphone.

We are establishing a second library to be based in Nukualofa. We have shipped enough books already for it, but as mentioned above most books that are stored at the storage & in Kolovai Library needed replacement.

Ashes was so think covered most places in Nukualofa the capital. They are damp and they will probably get thrown away.

All the support and donations will go towards to pay for Tonga Government clearance customs duties when library books all cleared from customs at the wharf, pick ups, maintenance of Kolovai Public Library and to help with the new library which we hoping to get it built very soon.

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Kolovai Community Public Library. Fala ‘o Ata. Kingdom of Tonga will be closed from the 1st of February – The 7th of February. Our family, Fakauho & The Kolovai Community are deeply saddened by the loss of Tofa mo e Alo Fakauho, a cousin. Too often we don’t realize what we have until it’s gone. Too often we’re too stubborn to say, “Sorry, I was wrong.” Too often it seems we hurt the ones closest to our hearts, and we let the most foolish things tear us apart. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, Unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very Dear. Rest in Peace Tofa Mo e Alo Fakauho

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