Londoner Hamish Tristram (left) opens the ‘Puka Puka’ Library in Raumati as Fritz Fuhrer, of Paraparaumu Beach, shows him how it works.
The Little Library, sited in Karaka Grove, Raumati Beach, joins several similar libraries on the Kāpiti Coast.
Hamish Tristram, originally from Levin, says he’ll take the idea back to London, where he lives in an exclusive Kensington enclave only a (few) stones throws from Buckingham Palace.
Brothers instilled a love of books
“I’ve always loved reading,”: he says,” since my three older brothers introduced me to books at a very tender age.
“They used to throw at me to get rid of me, as I was a younger, spoiled brat.
“But they also insisted that I had an adequate home library and so my real education blossomed.”
How it works
Books are free; and readers can return them — or even keep them if they wish.
“It’s the ultimate reading experience,”: says librarian Helen Tristram.
Fritz the library builder
Fritz, no relation to the Germanic fuhrer, says he delighted in using available materials to get the library built.
And his teenage son provided the Maori carving, and the name for the library.
World-wide little libraries
The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Through the Little Free Library book exchanges, founded in the US, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.