Easter – hectic social programme!

Greetings again loyal readers! In this edition we cover Easter and the two trips to offshore islands, Good Friday march, new locals, Mr Pip, the Royal wedding and PNG news. As usual click on the highlighted text to find your way to the written report.Easter 2011 – Arawa Hectic Social LifeA

Arawa Bay


Tanks for the Memories

This week’s posting has  a military flavour . As usual click on the highlighted text and follow the links back to the written report.Tanks for the Memories

Below (when and if the link is good enough) are two short clips of the journey  between Arawa and Buka, which I again made this week, to try to understand ways the Arawa Urban Council can get access to money to do some much needed work and pay some much needed wages. Clearly policies ares still being developed and there is much confusion. The promised millions from the Papua New Guinea  government have not yet materialised (surprise, surprise!) and no-one is quite sure if and when it will and what restrictions there will be on its expenditure. I took the opportunity to pick up a few treats unobtainable in Arawa (cheese, chocolate, marmalade, sausages, beer) and delivered several doses of Cholera vaccine for the VSA volunteers – while there is none in Arawa, the odd case is occurring in Buka, so it pays to be careful. We are both keeping very well, I am pleased to report- still not sure how effective my efforts with the Urban Council are -but with the rate at which the months are flashing by, I may well be still wondering at the end of the assignment in April 2012!

“Mr Pip” is to be filmed near Arawa from the end of May with Hugh Lawrie (House) as a lead character! Who knows -by the end of filming in July we might be on first name terms! The film crew have very kindly added several boxes of children’s books into their containers for Rosie’s library project at the local school, which will save considerably on postage! Thanks also to Andre and Catherine and Jean for collecting and arranging delivery to the office in Auckland.

Next posting will be on the wild social life of the Arawa contingent over the long Easter Weekend!

Last week’s mystery object was a navigation light on the Napier foreshore north of the port,(I think!)


(Sorry this is later than intended but we lost all internet connection for a while yesterday. Telikom, the major provider was down ALL Easter Weekend with the back-up Digicel somewhat erratic!)

Mid-term Break

Back on deck again – sorry about the quiet period while we were away on leave, but it is all systems go from here on- still not too sure for how long work wise as there is still very little money.

The attached document details the trip back to NZ – it is fairly family orientated which means that it may not be too entertaining for everyone – suggest a quick browse  and wait for the next one if you are not particularly interested in the Hall family and friends! As usual click on the highlighted text and follow the link to the  pre-written report  Mid Term Break 

The following video is taken from the volcano observatory at Rabaul – enjoy

The last mystery photo for those who couldn’t work it out was of water droplets on a banana flower. Don Richardson got it right!

One more to test your deductive skills! Prize is a night out with the boys manning the Morgan’s Junction Roadblock! (excluding Lane and Chris who know the answer!)

A remarkable lady!(quite big video file)

Hello again – back in Bougainville after a month in New Zealand on mid term break. The attached video of Dave’s mother was shot in Tauranga during this time and is mainly for the benefit of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but I think she will be an inspiration to all viewers. Enjoy while I compile the next written report.