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Volunteer blogs


Relaxing Sunday on Pangaimotu Island

Published on 31st August 2015


Relaxing Sunday on Pangaimotu Island

Sunday is usually quiet in Tonga with most businesses closed. The exception is bakeries, who do a roaring trade in bread and cakes, and tourist-type resorts. This Sunday, Lesley, also a VSA volunteer, kindly invited me to join her and her daughter Kathy and partner Bryce, visiting from Auckland, to... Read More

Small is beautiful: first impressions of Nukunonu, Tokelau

Published on 28th August 2015


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Small is beautiful: first impressions of Nukunonu, Tokelau

Nukunonu is so small that from my work desk I can look up and see Joe, my partner, digging in the community garden outside. Read More

An enjoyable day out of the office

Published on 26th August 2015


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An enjoyable day out of the office

As Marketing and Business Development Adviser working on Tonga’s Pearl Industry, during the two years I am in Tonga I will likely engage with a range of stakeholders. Read More

My first Sunday in Tonga

Published on 24th August 2015


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My first Sunday in Tonga

Poli, the Tongan language and culture teacher I have been visiting an hour a day during my induction week in Nuku’alofa, kindly invited me to her home on Sunday to attend church and stay for lunch. I was honoured to have been invited. Read More

Off to the Santo Rodeo…

Published on 15th August 2015


Off to the Santo Rodeo…

Santo held its annual rodeo last weekend. Read More

A day trip to Malo Island

Published on 13th August 2015


A day trip to Malo Island

My colleague Rufino was doing some preliminary work for Rotary, on possible water reticulation projects for three villages, and asked if I wanted to come along. It takes about 25 minutes to get to Malo in an open long boat. Read More

Three course blog

Published on 3rd August 2015


Three course blog

The problem with clothes, a leggy blonde and expensive lettuce. Read More

MYOB, ToR and more from the office

Published on 31st July 2015


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MYOB, ToR and more from the office

An update on what I've been up to workwise recently. Read More

Five reasons everyone should move to another place in their 20s

Published on 24th July 2015


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Five reasons everyone should move to another place in their 20s

At the tender age of 23, I have moved away from ‘home’ twice - first from Auckland to Wellington to go to university, and then to Bougainville, to pursue my ‘dream job’. Read More

Staying cool in the tropical life of Kiribati

Published on 20th July 2015


Staying cool in the tropical life of Kiribati

Musical participation connects people in our combined enjoyment or incredulity at the different  talents, as we share the beat, dancing and music across cultures. Read More

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