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In Niue: Day Eleven

Friday 8 July, 2016 | Sima Bagheri
The morning after the big event and we all had things we wanted to do and that we needed to tie up before our lunchtime flight out of Niue. Charlotte, Hele and Kent braved a pre-6am wake up and drove across the island to do the 45-minute walk to the Togo Chasm.
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In Niue: Day Ten

Thursday 7 July, 2016 | Charles Tevi
Today marks a very important day for the Edukai team, as we officially handed over the Taumafa community kitchen to the Niue community, where we hosted a big potluck that evening. It was another early morning for the team as we set off to Taoga Niue to prepare everything ready before the opening ceremony for the pot luck.
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In Niue: Day Nine

Wednesday 6 July, 2016 | Kent Stewart
It is the day before our big potluck event and things are starting to get very busy. The morning started off with Charles, Lavea and I wrangling a trailer off the high commissioner and then heading off to the other side of the island to collect some firewood.
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In Niue: Day Eight

Tuesday 5 July, 2016 | Helena Power
Day eight on “The Rock” really solidified how fast time has flown since we arrived on the Island. Our days are starting to blur into one, with everyone putting in 110% to get the kitchen finished and the materials collected for the Pot Luck event that will be held on Thursday.
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In Niue: Day Seven

Monday 4 July, 2016 | Charlotte Mee
Kent was up early preparing his diabetes talk, before our big day ahead. The morning was slow, waiting to meet the Premier of Niue for a curtesy call. After our meeting we all went our separate ways, Kent and Charles were helping to teach a group of high school students how to make charcoal ovens.
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In Niue: Day Six

Sunday 3 July, 2016 | Sima Bagheri
Sundays are observed as a day of rest in Niue so as a group we happily followed this tradition. We did however attend the local church in the morning with Birtha, one of our Niuean contacts who had invited us to join her.
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In Niue: Day Five

Saturday 2 July, 2016 | Charles Tevi
After a very exhausting two days of working with “Jacky” (The Jack hammer), breaking up “The Niuean Rock” (limestone) for the Taumafa Community kitchen structure, we were finally able to put the roof on the kitchen.
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In Niue: Day Four

Friday 1 July, 2016 | Kent Stewart
Friday morning kicked off with an early 5:30am start to the local market. The market was bustling with people from all across Niue purchasing fresh local cuisine. The team managed to score some amazing Niuean porridge (Nane), fresh fish, uga (Coconut crabs), passionfruit and cucumber.
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In Niue: Day Three

Thursday 30 June, 2016 | Helena Power
One would think that we would be used to the noise of the roosters by now, however, this morning was no different than yesterday and we were up at the crack of dawn drinking our first fresh coconut of the day. 
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In Niue: Day Two

Wednesday 29 June, 2016 | Charlotte Mee
With the fans going through the night, getting to sleep was easy after a long day of travel. In the morning we were welcomed with a cooked breakfast, by Glen (our designated chef) and fresh coconuts. Although, he was making do with what we had, considering we had a few food spillages on the trip over. 
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In Niue: Day One

Tuesday 28 June, 2016 | Sima Bagheri
It was an early morning for team EduKai, who were up and ready to depart from Christchurch to the Pacific Island, Niue at 5.00am. There was an exciting buzz amongst the group, as we set out on day 1 of 10 for our 21 Day Pacific Challenge initiative.
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21 Day Pacific Challenge: Week Three

Monday 30 May, 2016 | Various
The third and final week of the 21 Day Pacific Challenge has come to an end. All the teams have done incredibly well and have grown professionally and personally over the past three weeks. Last Friday the finalists were announced (Team 1, 2 and 4) who will present tonight to compete for an all-expenses paid trip to Niue to impliment their business plan.
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21 Day Pacific Challenge: Week Two

Monday 23 May, 2016 | Various
Week two of the 21 Day Pacific Challenge has been and gone, with only two more days until the Challenge ends. Teams are racing against the clock to get their business cases ready for submission before they begin preparation for their presentations on Friday the 27th of May.
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21 Day Pacific Challenge: Week One

May 2016 | Team Collaboration
Week one of the 21 Day Pacific Challenge has flown by. Here, each of the teams shares what they have been working on over the last week, the challenges they have faced, and what they are planning on achieving over the remaining days.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Conclusions

November, 2015 | Team Collaboration
After arriving safely back in New Zealand the team reflects on what they learnt during their eight days in San Dionisio in the Philippines.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 8

Friday 27 November, 2015 | Ashley Stewart & Sam Fitzgerald 
Last Day in the Philippines and last day before we all part ways. Since our flights weren’t until the evening we set out on a tour of Iloilo. Weaving in and out of traffic our guide took us past many pretty churches but the first one we stopped at was definitely the most interesting.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 7

Thursday 26 November, 2015 | Ashley Stewart
In New Zealand we drive on the left. In the Philippines they drive on both sides. Real life dodgems. This morning we woke up early and piled into two cars headed to Iloilo to see the Governor. We left San Dionisio with plenty of time to spare, or so we thought.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 6

Wednesday 25 November, 2015 | Ivy Wu & Alison Faulls
After a very exhausting Tuesday, my first full day in San Dionisio, I started getting into the mode and expected a few more productive and exhausting days. However, it turned out that today was the "fiesta" day, an occasion of celebration in the local Filipino culture.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 5

Tuesday 24 November, 2015 | Kendra Titheridge 
Basically, all previously-held expectations were quickly extinguished by the realization on my part, that this trip wasn’t going to be just a fun, hassle-free holiday (I don’t know why this is what I initially envisioned, definitely overly optimistic); instead, it became very evident that we were in for quite a ride.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 4

Monday 23 November, 2015 | Caitlin Prattley & Nicholas Lamont 
Today we woke up bright and early for our first full day of work at the school. We focused on the layout of the garden, making sure the paths were dug down and the beds were piled high. This was hot, hard work and I don’t think we needed our bug spray because the bugs all drowned in the sweat.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 3

Sunday 22 November, 2015 | Sam Fitzgerald 
Today was the first day we were on the ground in San Dionisio and it was full of introductions, planning, coordination and the beginnings of implementation. However, we began our day attending Mass at the local Church which was an awesome experience and a great way to show our presence in the community.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 2

Saturday 21 November, 2015 | Danielle Browne
After a long day of travelling, it was amazing to finally wake up in the Philippines! As our insurance company had to change our flights, they paid for a complimentary night’s stay in a gorgeous Manila hotel. Kendra, Alison, and I started the day with a morning swim in the roof top pool.
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In the Philippines - San Dionisio Day 1

Friday 20 November, 2015 | Melissa Gaskell
This morning was an early start, in fact many of us didn’t sleep at all. We met at the airport around 4am, went through security and ate breakfast while we waited for the flight to Melbourne. Despite the lack of sleep everyone was excited. We have been working towards this for over six months and were finally about to board the plane.
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In the Philippines - Tarong Reflection

July, 2015 | Victoria Ning
Basically, all previously-held expectations were quickly extinguished by the realization on my part, that this trip wasn’t going to be just a fun, hassle-free holiday (I don’t know why this is what I initially envisioned, definitely overly optimistic); instead, it became very evident that we were in for quite a ride.
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In the Philippines - Tarong Day 5

Monday 6 July, 2015 | Kilali Gibson
After a successful few days of collaborating with Ramil and our UPLB partners we were thrilled that it was finally time to have some fun with the children at our ‘Bee Day’. We were welcomed as celebrities by the students who eagerly ran up to hold our hands and ask who we were. Our first sixth grade class was a rowdy and excited bunch.
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In the Philippines - Tarong Day 4

Sunday 5 July, 2015 | Victoria Ning
For us, Sunday has been (rather appropriately), a day of rest. We began the day with breakfast at Palm Garden, which consisted of fried eggs, 3 types of bananas, rice, and crispy fish. We have really been spoilt with all the food here - the people of Tarong really know how to put on a good feast!
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In the Philippines - Tarong Day 3

Saturday 4 July, 2015 | Callum Clark
Saturday, 8am. That was the time that Ramil said to hold the seminar, and it was finally here! Waking after a restless sleep, some of our party - myself included - had come down with illness. However there was no way any of us were missing this moment, so fever or not we all headed off to Tarong in time for the seminar.
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In the Philippines - Tarong Day 2

Friday 3 July, 2015 | Jessie Weber-Sparrow
They are an ideal way to travel around. We received many warm welcomes as we arrived into the village. All of the people we have met have been incredibly friendly and welcoming. Being foreigners in a small town, we stick out like a sore thumb. We are exciting and novel to the villagers, and celebrities to all the children.
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In the Philippines - Tarong Day 1

Thursday 2 July, 2015 | Claire Musson
The past 48 hours have been a surreal mixture of flights, meetings, and hotels, combined with exciting new sights, smells, sounds; all at a comfortable level of heat and humidity with intermittent downpours. We can barely believe that we are finally here!
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21 Day International Challenge - Week 4

Friday 29 May, 2015 | Michael McRae
21 days doesn’t seem like a long time. And on the face of the competition, working with five completely random people was a bit unsettling at first. But the three weeks turned out to be one heck of a ride!
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21 Day International Challenge - Week 3

Friday 22 May, 2015 | Michael McRae
Sure I could put here about how I would encourage everyone to get involved and that it’s a great competition. But I don’t think it needs selling. Such a form of servant leadership and serving a bigger purpose than yourself  doesn’t need selling. 
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21 Day International Challenge - Week 2

Friday 15 May, 2015 | Ashley Stewart
Where has the time gone? One week left to go! It certainly is a challenge, which is exactly what I was looking for when I signed up for this. The best way to learn, I’ve found, is to throw yourself in the deep end. Sink or swim.
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21 Day International Challenge - Week 2

Friday 15 May, 2015 | Michael McRae
There’s something about the way a team comes together in these types of competitions. It’s been almost two weeks now, and more often than not I have found myself googling “poverty”, “Philippines”, and “typhoons” in lectures. 
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21 Day International Challenge - Week 1

Friday 8 May, 2015 | Michael McRae
She all kicked off Monday here folks. 30 students, 30 mentors, 21 days, and a village on the other side of the world riddled with poverty. Our mission: to create a business plan to change the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
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