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April 2, 2018

Dons blog #5 project based learning

I facilitate NMIT’s Level 3 Horticulture Programme in Blenheim. Over the last 12 months or so we have changed the way the course is delivered. Instead of the somewhat tedious unit standard approach, we have adopted project based learn...

March 1, 2018


Research suggests there are nearly 650 million obese adults on the planet, as defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 30. There are also about 125 million obese children and adolescents in the entire world!   (www.renewbari...

February 26, 2018

Reflecting on everything that is in the media at the moment with Tonga has made me feel this sense of urgency that I just can’t shake.

I really want to get in there and help this little country. 

My grandfather was a Nukunuku, this was my name too before I was made Deede...

February 1, 2018

Blog #7

Well after a long couple of years with a lot of discussions,  we have been beavering away here in Marlborough trying to get something sorted for the Wellness Pacific Charitable Trust. 

Today we got confirmation that we are now a Registered Charity! YAY!...

December 7, 2017

Blog #6

In March next year, 2018, it will have been three years since I had that umu on a beach in Tonga which led to the creation of Wellness Pacific (WP). Where has the time gone and more importantly what have we done with it?

From my experience with the Reagan Milstei...

October 20, 2017

Blog #5       

With an abundance of sunshine, water and mild climates almost anything can be grown in the South Pacific.

Surprisingly there is also a relatively large amount of land to grow crops on and, just like areas in the more famous Amazon, there ar...

October 1, 2017

Blog #4   Education is our main focus - and introductions. 

Well a lot has happened over the last few months, we have had meetings with a lot, and I mean ALOT of people about this project. 

The crutch of it all has come down to what was it that the communities...

August 1, 2016

Blog # 3                 Yam Growing Concept

One of the Tongan village projects we are investigating is growing yams for export.

A Tongan Yam looks like:

They are currently grown like:

Digging them out is ver...

June 1, 2016

Blog #2            

In May 2016 I returned to Tonga, this time along with Kevin and  Michelle Fleming.


Michelle is our Community and Business Development Adviser, and has encour...

January 29, 2016

Blog #1           

I was asked by Kevin Milstein, CEO of the Reagan Milstein Foundation (RMF) to go to Tonga on a scoping visit, and ascertain how RMF could help with the obesity issue that he found when he visited Tonga in March 2015.


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