Day Trip to Arova Island

Greetings to our faithful readers  – this is our next adventure. As usual click on the highlighted text to transfer to our written document.Day trip to Arova Island.

All is well here. Right now there is the very real prospects of our transferring to Kimbe in West new Britain after our 6 month break in NZ during October – there is a project with allocated funds that needs an engineer to take over from one who is reaching the end of his time (plus 4 months) We are also trying to arrange a visit of a few days before we go so time is getting tight. The project will be for 3 months to give the Bougainville Government time to decide if they are going to allocate a significant part of their budget to sorting out Arawa from 2011 – after that a number of options  exist as to what might happen. All will be revealed with the passage of time.  Kimbe is also quite remote – but not as much as Arawa – and the project involves assisting small communities with water supply and sanitation solutions. Watch this space!

Our good friends Chris an Elaine Angove finished up in Arawa to-day after nearly one year – assignment shortened basically because all objectives had been achieved. They’re off to Fiji for their son’s wedding after which they will be returning to New Zealand and re-entering the job market.Good luck and sorry to see you go! ( So are Mr Pip and Matilda, their adopted Arawa dog and cat who are on the very risky market for new “owners” ) Finally a tip on how to pick a pawpaw!

Rosie on Dave

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Rosie’s School

This week’s blog is about the little school where Rosie works.As usual click on the following coloured text to get the automatic link to the document Rosie’s School.

An interesting recent occurrence – a local MP had managed to get the funding for a truck for a school in his area and at the ceremony to take it over he was asked to make a speech. He told his audience that they would have to look after the truck – in particular no-one drunk was to drive the truck – in fact – if he heard of someone driving the truck drunk he would personally smash the windscreen on the truck, beat up the driver and then hand him over to the police!

We continue to be well – tummy bugs seem to be behind us. The joys of being adopted by a dog in Arawa – on our early morning constitutional yesterday Girl chased and caught a chicken, giving it a severe mauling- it will probably die. The elderly owners were understandably upset and we ended up paying K40 in compensation. Any good ideas on dog euthanasia?!

Weather has continued wet and has limited access between Arawa and Buka ( and the outside world) It also stopped our planned trip to an offshore island over the weekend for a bit of sightseeing and snorkeling.

There is possibly an opportunity for a three month transfer to Rabaul to complete a Wastewater project started by a VSA volunteer but who has come to the end of his assignment. Trouble is our 6month break comes in this period and our tickets are booked so we will see what eventuates. Arawa managment are involved in a meeting today with the rest of the regional representatives to decide on the budget priorities for the 2011 budget. It will be interesting to see what Arawa can get as it may give me some justification for being here – but I am not holding my breath!

This is our good friends and colleagues Chris and Elaine’s last week in Arawa before going home via a Pacific Island resort where there son is getting married. It will be sad to see them go.

Couple of pictures of a stunning green orchid for your visual pleasure!

Take care!

The best little hospital in the South Pacific..

The subject of this blog is the old Arawa Hospital.  As before click on the following highlighted text to get the full article.The Best Hospital in the South Pacific…

If you found that a bit depressing here’s a picture of local kids to cheer you up!

For the engineering types here is a picture of a local home-made  hydro electric plant- at rest. When the jet is directed onto the vanes the spray is blinding but it seems to work . Not sure how they control the revs!

Arawa private hydroelectric generator

We are well and in good spirits despite a few relatively minor tummy bug problems. Dave’s work situation is much as before – thought it might be good to try to help set up a “Fair Trade ” arrangement to ensure the local small farmers got a fair share of the proceeds of the sale of their cocoa , but it in fact looks like they are doing very well – on the strength of several buyers chasing their high quality crop!

We have received our first packet of kid’s books for Rosie’s school,  thanks to Mary Collins.

Dave is still trying to get about NZ$400 to pay the 10% GST on some sewer rods paid for by the AUC and delivered to Port Moresby – but they’ve run out of money to get them released from customs! A good friend is taking it up with his service club in Whakatane – hope they can come to the party!

Speaking of Whakatane – I have been informed that the place has had to deal with a second major flood for 2010 that had the waters lapping at the Wharf Shed restaurant and with a rural area flooded when a stop bank failed. Tough luck guys -hope damage is not too serious.

Flowers and plants of Arawa – a selection

Greetings again and best wishes from Dave and Rosie. Hope you still find our blog interesting – not too many comments lately! Weather has been very wet lately – boy it can rain in this part of the world -but it does help keep the temperatures moderate -if not the humidity. I noticed that we have mould growing on the walls again despite a good dose of bleach a couple of weeks ago. Wendy and Jenny (VSA volunteers returned with Murray (VSA local co-ordinator) from their holiday breaks and were unable to cross a flooded river half way through their journey from Buka to Arawa and were fortunate to find a house empty at a nearby school where they were able to spend the night before being able to conclude their journey the next day. Dave has been able to find some work at the Kieta District Office helping them sort out a new Admin Office at a place called Toniva about 40min from Arawa to the SE along the coast. Nearby are the ruins of a plush hotel with outside swimming pool Toniva Luxury Hotel Again very sad to see all the destruction…. They are keen to get the new office installed – interestingly they have even cancelled a contract with a local contractor to build additional classrooms – after he’d bought all the materials and built the foundations!  He’s understandably not too happy – certainly he’d have been in deep consultation with his lawyer within minutes had this been in New Zealand- but this is not! For your entertainment we have a selection of flowers and plant photographs in our attached report. Flowers and Plants of Arawa – a selection enjoy!