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Let’s talk about ‘awa’, ‘wai’.. yes, WATER.. life giving, replenishing, it’s abundance, how important it is to all life that lives in it, on it, beside it.. #WaterIsLife, #HeOraTeWai, #Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.. #StrongHeartHikoi.. Marcus is on a 10,000 steps hikoi (walk) around East Coast/ Central of North Isl New Zealand to bring attention for saving ‘WATER’, the pollution in our creeks-rivers- streams- oceans of New Zealand are being polluted, and around the world.. what was once pristine is being threatened.. if you wish to add your own favourite original story & photo, of your ‘water scene/ place’, just follow #WaterIsLife Reply

#WaterIsLife, #HeOraTeWai, Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.. #StrongHeartHikoi

  
This is dedicated to an important subject, #Water, ‘awa’, ‘wai’, our lives depend on it..!
one that Marcus is creating alot of noise & attention for, and rightly-so.. he is on a 10,000 steps hikoi (walk) around East Coast, North Island New Zealand’s to bring attention to an important ‘resource’ for our planet and every single living thing on it.. ?


“Life giving WATER”.. with out this resource, we all are in alot of trouble..

The ‘WATER we drink is being polluted, help protect ‘WATER’ .. follow Marcus by clicking on the highlighted name is the start of this post, see what else is happening & how you can help..  this affects you too, it affects all of us..


   
Most of my immediate family/ grandparents/ cousins/ uncles & aunties – that can relate to my ‘korero’ (story).. since I was a lil girl, (a 2 year old- dad & mum tell me) I have ’embrased the waters around Mahia like a ‘fish’, I could swim at 2 years of age (2yo) confident & keen ‘young protege scuba diver’ from 7yo, and I still dive today, now a keen GoPro underwater photographer & editor for a Tropical Pacific nations Website..The Pineapple Post, Solomon Islands I have been fortunate to snorkel & dive off some of the most stunning Solomon Island tropical iconic dives sites, best in the world, and photograph/ video these.. but, what I did notice, was pollution, plastic bags & other domestic waste floating in these waters.. sad to say these are now destroying the once pristine oceans around these tropical islands that make up the 900+ islands..

    
Aotearoa: ..when I was old enough to remember’ 4yo-13 year old, We’d drive back here with my family, dad Arthur and my mum Joy, my 4 siblings back in mid-1960’s-1980’s life there is relaxed, slow & abundant.. with plenty of kai moana gathered by my dad (local diver), plenty of hungi’s, gathering for events at the marae, lamb’s tails cooking & that distinct smell of ‘burning wool, up the air’, I remember eating ‘paua, kina, crayfish, snapper..
It was always a very long productive day on the boat scuba diving/ spear fishing..

  I love the ocean, connect to it, respected it’s constant change & dangers, and, I’ve always been a passionate advocate for ‘Water’, loved this journey.. 

My childhood journey as a protege scuba diver with my dad, AAotearoa:.. my dad & my uncle/s would always do a “karakia” to bless our activities for this day.. -we always returned tired, but with a blessed abundant catch.. ready to share our catch with the Opoutama whanau..

I have been raised by the water’s here, protected by the ‘wairua’, guided by the ‘tipuna’.. 

Today, I am proud to say, Water Is My Life, and let’s protect what resources we have left..
I endeavour, to return home to Aotearoa from Oz, where I have lived for many years..returning to learn the ‘traditional Māori ways of wairua, te reo Māori, Rongomaiwahine te iwi, Waipiata te awa’ and return to help keep our traditional lands sacred & protected.. 

Arohanui e Para Siempre

Honiara Gold Class Movie Night.. (please NOTE: viewing changed to WEDNESDAYS).. Movie viewing: “Bridge of Spies”, When: Wednesday 31st May 2017, Where: Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD, Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm, Tickets: $35:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity, new seating, new night..  Reply


Honiara Gold Class Movie Night
Wednesday 31st May, 2017

(fortnightly here after)

Bridge of Spies
(Historical drama/Legal thriller, 2h 22m)

Comment: “Spielberg brings humour to the spy thriller genre, while Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks add odd-couple chemistry” (The Guardian)
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Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD

(Rove sea front, Rove, diagonally opposite Rove Police Station)

Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm

Tickets: $35:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity

Please note exciting new seating arrangements – scaffolding in place! 

BYO wine and beer

Food available ($15): Wraps (vegetable and chilli tuna) and Sausage sizzle

Snacks available ($5-$10): Ice-cream chocolate bombs, popcorn, ice-pops, soft drink, water

Plot: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court.
Initial release: 2015
Director: Stephen Spielberg

Producer: Stephen Spielberg

Script: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

Language: English (set in Germany and United States)

Awards: Academy Award, BAFTA, National Society for Film Critics’ Award, New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor in Supporting role (Mark Rylance);

David di Donatello, Best Foreign Film (Stephen Spielberg)

Satellite Award, Best Art Direction (Adam Stockhausen)

movie/ dvd, Honiara..  ‘Tanna’, drama film/romance 1hr 44m, time: 6:15/ 6:30pm, Thursday 25th May 2017.. where; Rove sea front,  Taloa Cinema – DVD: tickets $20 ($5 goes to charity/ suggest), snacks, refreshments available to purchase.. byo wine/ beer.. note: more cinema movies planned 1

Greetings movie goers.
First movie, Tanna, this Thursday 25th May 2017, see details below. 

I hope you can join us.

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Honiara Gold Class Movie Night

Thursday 25 May, 2017

 (Drama film/Romance ‧ 1h 44m, 2015)

Comment: “glowing, anthropologically flavoured drama”

Cinema: Taloa Cinema & DVD

(Rove sea front, Rove, diagonally opposite Rove Police Station)

Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm

Tickets: $20:00, $5:00 of which goes to a charity (suggestions welcome). 

BYO wine and beer

Snacks available ($5-$10): Ice-cream chocolate bombs, popcorn, ice-pops, soft drink, water
 Plot: Tanna, the first feature film shot entirely in Vanuatu, takes place in the South Pacific island of its title, which houses one of the world’s last tribal societies, in a village called Yakel. After a young woman runs away with the man she loves to avoid an arranged marriage, villagers wrestle with preserving their traditional culture or adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

Initial release: September 16, 2016

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

Cast: Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain

Languages: English, Tanna, Southwest

Nominations: Australia’s nominee for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language FilmAwards: AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, Special Mention for Feature-length Fiction Film

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What’s Cooking..? Currently SOLD Out .. An ingenious upcycling idea.. created from an awesome team of students & their Teacher from a small Technical Institute in Henderson, Honiara, in the Solomon Islands.. these are For Sale.. (contact details included) (note: change made to email addy) 1

What’s Cookin’?
The senior Machine Fitting and Maintenance class at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson have been hard at work over two months to create eight outside stoves from recycled materials.  

  

Having first salvaged several oil drums and other scrap metal from the tip, they used their cutting and arc welding skills to open and split the drums, creating stoves which are well insulated, with two deep shelves and a chimney. The fuel source is burnt separately from the food and is accessible from the back, guaranteeing the safety of the cook who can access the baked goods from the door at the front. Each stove has been hand-painted with rust-proof paint.

The students tell me that they worked in groups of three, managing to complete a stove within a week. Skills they are proud to have developed during this project include: working off a plan, completing a complex project within a given time-frame, using a variety of individual skills – such as welding, cutting and drilling, while abiding by occupational health and safety standards and maintaining all tools responsibly.
              

The students tell me that they’d recommend any kind of baking in their stoves, including fish, chicken, pudding, bread and even wedding cakes.
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Bon Appetite to the new owners of the ovens. Three were still available at the time of writing and are available for $1,500 SD. If you wish to reserve one, you can do so by telephoning reception on 36 555 and leaving a message for Mr. Thomas Kevaro, the SMFM Head of Department. Alternatively, you can email me on a.k.willems@gmail.com

Bilikiki Cruises.. Dive Weekend Solomon Islands.. Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April, 2017..  Reply

Bilikiki Cruises.. Dive Weekend Solomon Islands.. Friday 28 – Sunday 30 April, 2017… 


Join Bilikiki for two days of amazing diving, great food & lots of fun, 

Special Honiara Rate – SBD $5200

Includes: 

  • 8 – 9 dives (snorkelling also available) 
  • Accommodation (twin share) 
  • All food, drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Tanks, air fills, weights


For information or to book 

please contact the Bilikiki Cruise’s office upstairs near the Yacht Club, 

Telephone: 20412

Email: bilikiki@solomon.com.sb

Suboko.. North-East Guadalcanal Easter Long Weekend activity..15-17/04/2017: take your camera for an action packed weekend of: trekking/ tropical forest walk/ mountain climb (1 1/2hrs to top), tents, food, tube rafting, cave sighting, local bonfire by the river, look out plateau, basket weaving..  Reply

Are you still looking for something to do this Easter Long Weekend.. Suboko.. North-East Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.. this Easter 2017 Long Weekend, Vota & the team have a variety of action packed adventure & activities: from Easter Saturday 15/04- Monday 17/04/2017: take your camera for some stunning rain forest scenery and island landscape shots of breat taking views of Malaita, Isobel and Central Province from the mountain look-out.. 

  • trekking
  • bush/ hill climb (1 1/2hrs to top), 
  • tents, 
  • food, 
  • tube rafting, 
  • cave sighting, 
  • local bonfire by the river, 
  • look out plateau, 
  • basket weaving.. 


Suboko is a tiny hamlet located in the Paripao Ward, the same river flowing down the Bokokimbo River. Suboko offers one of the best trekking in the Guadalcanal. It is a trekking full of surprises in an overgrown tropical rain forest with the Popomanaseu clear in sight and the breath taking views of Malaita, Isobel, Central Province from the mountain look-out. 

Just one & half hour up the mountain to Paepae Village, home to some of the best master weavers of the Guadalcanal’s neatly woven traditional baskets.. then 2 hours to the drop off point.. then trek down the hill for 1 half hours down to the village by the river bank for the activities: Suboko.. tube rafting, cave sighting, local bonfire by the river, look out plateau, basket weaving.. 

cost: $1200 SBD… for your; accommodation, transport, food, trekking fee, porters to carry food supplies..

Contact Vota for more detailed information or bookings: +677 710 5092

Email: debzluk@gmail.com

‘Maravagi Resort’.. on the island of Mangalonga, part of Florida Islands area.. snorkelling is just so easy to do here, out front of your room, service was friendly, food plentiful.. discover the boat wreck and coral reefs (soft), heaps of tropical fish, huge clams, baitball, manta rays.. stunning & vibrant colours, warm water.. great for underwater photographs  Reply

Maravagi Resort: Part of the Florida Island area.. Solomon Islands..

  

 

Just returned from a snorkelling weekend away @ this stunning area, (underwater shots done on my gopro camera).. heaps of tropical fish, baitball, ship wreck, manta rays (not this time), sandy beaches, bush/ hill walk (check with hosts), basic & humble accommodation, good food (daily menu) great company.. quiet & peaceful too.. 
just laze away the hours, snorkelling just right next to island, took my ukulele to play quiet easy listening music, there is walking on the stunning beach, or take photo’s (ask permission to take photo of local people)..

     

Maravagi Island, part of the Florida Group of Island 
Solomon Islands

Traditional owners are the hosts, with the help of family members.. (Some work & live on site)
Maravagi Resort contacts: 
Bookings: John: +677 885 5470

Joyce: +677 873 8777

Mathias: +677 732 4472

{Editors notes: some of the easiest and best snorkelling & photography I’ve done.. everything was easy access..just returned from 2 days & nights out on Maravagi Resort, service was friendly & helpful, meals plentiful..couldn’t eat it all.. rooms were basic but, after plenty of activities like snorkelling, photographing everything, walking, and playing my ukulele and a shower.. anywhere to sleep was welkam..

If you walk outside the boundaries of the resort, ask your hosts; where ‘not’ to walk, ask for information of where to go, what the track is like.. stick to the tracks, let someone know where you’re going and approx time of return.. wear clothes that cover your legs/ arms (or sarong & open cotton L/S shirt) because of sandflies & mozzies..

One thing you might notice.. it’s peaceful & quiet, plenty of places to sit and while-away your time, read a book, watch everyone swim or snorkel.. everything is within walking distance.. 

unfortunately didn’t get to see the ‘manta rays this time’ but there was plenty to do & see.. (only confident swimmers/ snorkellers need try this, they feed in strong currents, banana boat ride out to these is separate cost, if you don’t see any, you don’t pay for it)

Pack a parker/ rain coat (light-weight): One thing I wished have packed was my ‘raincoat/ parker’, it rained off & on, that wasn’t a problem I was already wet, but I needed it for the early banana boat ride back to civilisation.. 

What I packed: travel towel, toothbrush/paste/ travel bottle with sml amount of shampoo/ conditioner/ moisturiser/ liq soap, Easy enuf to pack a foldable wide brimmed hat, mozzie repellant (there are mozzies), togs & snorkel gear, light clothes (sarong, best to pack cotton gear to wear: long comfy pants/ cotton dress/ long sleeved top etc), pack your thongs, comfy walking shoes/ or rock shoes, I took my own water bottle (3 small frozen filtered alkaline water from home).. note: they did have sum small bottled water for sale.. pack sum plastic seal-up bags (if your boat trip is a wet one- your stuff may stay dry).. my ukulele was in a hard case, on the banana boat, there is storage space to put your stuff, they supply life jackets.. but if you got one- take it.. the boat trip takes between 1 1/2- 2 1/2 hours all pending weather & ocean (crossing) conditions..

* Accommodation is basic bungalow, sheets & pillow, mozzie net, fans provided (please ask for one)..
* Banana Boat trip there & back is separate cost.. take a group or share with others (5-8) share cost of boat.. note: separate to accommodation cost

* 3 meals a day on offer, daily menu, was separate cost to accommodation & boat trips, plenty to eat, when we were there we all enjoyed fruits, fish pieces, fish whole, fish soup, chicken, curried dishes with rice, beef sausages, beef mince (variety of dishes), eggs, vegetables, salad (loved the salad), plenty of rice & the best hand made bread & rolls.. (made & baked onsite)

*vegetarians please notify when booking

I’d just like to say a big tankiu tumas to frens & the former editor of pineapplepost, Gerald & his wife Cat for the invite & for helping out, you made my snorkelling weekend a memorable one.. 

and thank you to all the team that work & live on-site, all local people on Maravagi Resort.. the service was friendly, food plentiful..