In Niue: Day Eleven
Friday 8 July, 2016
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. We had been told by some of the ladies at the event the night before that you ‘hadn’t seen Niue until you’d seen the Togo Chasm’ and by all accounts the scenery was pretty spectacular even if they did start walking in the dark! Myself and Vaea were also up early, making time for a pre-breakfast snorkel at the reef next to the backpackers.
After breakfast it was back to business. The girls went down to the primary school where it was their end of term assembly. We were the special guests and presented gifts, sang a song for them and presented their achievement certificates for the term. We were also guests at the Early Childhood Centre next door for their ‘food from around the world’ event where they introduced us and our project to the children and their parents. Many of the ladies who had been at our pot luck event the night before were there with their children and grandchildren and it was a nice chance to exchange gifts and say our goodbyes.
Meanwhile the boys had been out and about visiting and farewelling people as well. We met back at the accommodation and popped down the road to check in at the airport. As it was only a five-minute drive away, we were able to head back to town before boarding and I took the opportunity to get the last couple of signatures and bits of paperwork sorted out before we left. It was sad leaving some of the people we had got to know so well and many of them were at the airport to wave us goodbye. Lavea from the Taoga Niue even cracked us some drinking coconuts with a bush knife in the back of his car in the airport car park!
We arrived home late on Saturday night and headed our separate ways, all looking forward to a hot shower and a good sleep. Niue was an experience. We worked really hard, became very sleep deprived (except maybe Charles!), made lots of new friends and shared some amazing experiences which I’m sure will stay with us all for ever. The learning experience was priceless and I’m sure the friendships we have made within the team will continue for years to come. Big thanks to Sussie, Glen, Lynsey and all of the people who made the project possible.
Fakaue lahi everyone, Niue out.