Kiwi authors feature in Christmas book drive

Kiwi Christmas Books Southland organisers Barbara Jones (left) and Pam Wilson are asking for locals to donate New Zealand-authored books to give to families who cannot afford to buy them.

THERE are 1200 families registered with Family Works in Southland.

The Southland organisers of Kiwi Christmas Books are hoping they can get enough books written by New Zealand authors, to give every one of those families a book this Christmas.

The campaign is the brainchild of former Southland resident, journalist and author Sonya Wilson.

It will be the third year of the national campaign which has seen more than 8000 books donated to children throughout the country, many of them written by New Zealand authors, both in English and te reo Maori.

Southland organiser Pam Wilson said Southlanders last year donated 820 books to the cause, which was not only great for the recipients but also for the New Zealand authors who were supported as a result.

Every book donated in the region last year, was gifted to a Southland family.

“It will be the same this year too.”

What she hoped this year, was people would think a little bit outside the box when gifting a book.

“They could be staff Christmas presents with staff agreeing to donate money to the books.

They were also interested in hearing from any corporate entities that would be interested in donating books, she said.

Organiser Barbara Jones said the donation could also be used in lieu of a secret Santa present.

The pair asked the books not be wrapped as they needed to assess the age level of each book.

  • Kiwi Christmas Books donations can be dropped off at Windsor Stationery, Young Reflections, Paper Plus, SBS or the Southland Express.