Library has copies of sold-out Tiniroto history book

Now available for public lending.

Now available for public lending.

The 125-year history book on Tiniroto is held by book compiler Jen Alley. It was so popular, it sold out. It is now available for loan at the H.B. Williams Memorial Library. On Mrs Alley’s left is library service leader Richard Flyger and to the right is Gisborne district councillor Larry Foster, who chairs the Creative Communities Scheme helps projects like this get started. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

It has sold out but if you want to read the 125-year history of Tiniroto, there is now a copy available at the H.B. Williams Memorial Library for public lending.

The book was so popular that book compiler Jen Alley said Tiniroto School might do a print run of 100 more books because they were still fielding requests for them.

It details the history of the region through photos, narrative and personal experience. It also contains family favourite recipes, a piece by Shane Cameron and a recipe by Annabel Langbein — both of whom have connections to Tiniroto.

Mrs Alley said a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) gave them a starting point for the project.

Although it did not cover all of the book’s printing costs, it was a great stepping stone and gave the project team the momentum to approach businesses and the Eastern and Central Community Trust for further sponsorship —all of which they got.

Mrs Alley encourages others to apply for funding from the CCS scheme.

“Our presentation to the council funding committee was a positive experience and provided valuable feedback and new ideas for the project,” she said.

CCS is a nationwide scheme, Government-funded through Creative New Zealand.

Gisborne is the most over-subscribed region in the country. That means this region gets so many applications — more than 50 a year — and there is only $36,000 to go around.

CCS is chaired by district councillor Larry Foster. He says they make it stretch so all projects deemed to be the most beneficial to the region can get some financial support.

Mr Foster said Gisborne had a great arts, music and craft scene, which made this scheme so popular.

Projects like this were important to document the history of this region, he said.

H.B. Williams Memorial Library service leader Richard Flyger said as well as the lending copy, there were also three other reference copies at the library.

  • As there might be a further small print run, contact Tiniroto School on 863 7129 if you are wanting to buy a copy.

It has sold out but if you want to read the 125-year history of Tiniroto, there is now a copy available at the H.B. Williams Memorial Library for public lending.

The book was so popular that book compiler Jen Alley said Tiniroto School might do a print run of 100 more books because they were still fielding requests for them.

It details the history of the region through photos, narrative and personal experience. It also contains family favourite recipes, a piece by Shane Cameron and a recipe by Annabel Langbein — both of whom have connections to Tiniroto.

Mrs Alley said a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) gave them a starting point for the project.

Although it did not cover all of the book’s printing costs, it was a great stepping stone and gave the project team the momentum to approach businesses and the Eastern and Central Community Trust for further sponsorship —all of which they got.

Mrs Alley encourages others to apply for funding from the CCS scheme.

“Our presentation to the council funding committee was a positive experience and provided valuable feedback and new ideas for the project,” she said.

CCS is a nationwide scheme, Government-funded through Creative New Zealand.

Gisborne is the most over-subscribed region in the country. That means this region gets so many applications — more than 50 a year — and there is only $36,000 to go around.

CCS is chaired by district councillor Larry Foster. He says they make it stretch so all projects deemed to be the most beneficial to the region can get some financial support.

Mr Foster said Gisborne had a great arts, music and craft scene, which made this scheme so popular.

Projects like this were important to document the history of this region, he said.

H.B. Williams Memorial Library service leader Richard Flyger said as well as the lending copy, there were also three other reference copies at the library.

  • As there might be a further small print run, contact Tiniroto School on 863 7129 if you are wanting to buy a copy.
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