Men row 40km out to sea to fish

Our 'Golden-Golden' Oldies 83-year old Helen meets a lady about to be evicted off her land

Our ‘Golden-Golden’ Oldies 83-year old Helen meets a lady about to be evicted off her land

Our family were born here, this has been our home our community, but we are only squatters. We have to dismantle our home, cart all the materials to another site, then rebuild our home again.
Projects Leader, Joe, shows the team where a vibrant community existed a year ago

Projects Leader, Joe, shows the team where a vibrant community existed a year ago


Joe, our Mission Projects Leader, tells the team how this land housed a vibrant community a year ago, now most people have left. The Church, through the Anglican Missions Board, are supporting some families here to buy land for them. Land that will give them a hope and a future.
The family about to be evicted from their home

The family about to be evicted from their home


We met a 55-year old man who 8-months ago dismantled his house, and with his 15 family members, carted their house material to a ‘transitional’ piece of land, then he rebuilt his family house.
I am 55-years old and have just finished rebuilding my house for my 15 family members

I am 55-years old and have just finished rebuilding my house for my 15 family members

Now he is using the pathways to grow crops. He is waiting for this church land to be finally purchased so he can then dismantle his house again, cart the materials to this new place, and start again.
Any land is used for growing crops for his family

Any land is used for growing crops for his family


But he worries, for the future, where will he be able to grow his crops to feed his family there.
The team then walked through plantations, past small squatter villages to another village by a mangrove stream.
A remote squatter village tell their stories of living here, while team members drink fresh coconut milk

A remote squatter village tell their stories of living here, while team members drink fresh coconut milk

They hear about the structured roles of men and woman. The men are fisherman and row 40km out to sea, fish all day and night, then row home of the high tide; meanwhile the woman walk through the mangrove swamps for half a day searching for a bundle of firewood.
Our ladies hear about daily living from a woman's persepctive

Our ladies hear about daily living from a woman’s persepctive


While children walk daily to the Anglican school an hour away. Just normal daily living for these families. It made life in NZ feel embarrassingly surreal and it left an unsettling feeling among team members about their lifestyles as we departed the warmth and hospitality of this little community.
Merv listens to the village chief as he talks about rowing 40km out to sea to catch fish for the village and any extra is sold for village funds

Merv listens to the village chief as he talks about rowing 40km out to sea to catch fish for the village and any extra is sold for village funds

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One comment on “Men row 40km out to sea to fish

  1. jayne says:

    Amazing stories you are sharing, it makes you realsie how much we take for granted. Keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers, The Watt’s

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