Kakabona beach, Guadalcanal, Honiara, Solomon Islands.


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Trying Tri Club

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September 27, 2018

Before coming to the Solomon Islands, the longest distance Nid had ever ran in a single stint was 2 km, which would have to…

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Aunties discover a new way to use sanitary pads (and you won’t believe what happens next!)

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September 18, 2018

Apostolic Jerusalem Anointing Oil, step aside. There’s a new kid on the block.

We were at the market this morning looking for coconut oil when…

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Honiara, Solomon Islands.


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Pack list for the Sollies

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September 10, 2018

Moving to the Solomon Islands and wondering what to pack? Now that we’ve been here for a year we feel like we can pass…

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Visale, Solomon Islands.


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View from Visale

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August 30, 2018
Visale is a great day trip out of Honiara. A nice spot for snorkeling, picnicking, camping and climbing up.
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Koli Point Action Quonset Huts - Solomon Islands.


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Koli Point Action

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August 6, 2018

We recently discovered yet another cool World War II site in Guadalcanal, this time by pure chance.

During the recent Melanesian Art Festival, we met…

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Turtles at the Arnavon Nature Conservancy, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands.


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Turtling in the Arnavon Islands

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July 30, 2018

Hawksbill turtles are one of the most critically endangered sea turtles in the world. We went to one of the few places where they…

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Our house in Tulagi, Solomon Islands.


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Tulagi Memories

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June 25, 2018

I spent my first year in Honiara, my second in New Zealand, and my third on a random island called Tulagi where Dad had…

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Budi budi budi budi (plantains) rockin everywhere.


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Budi Chips with Guale Salsa

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June 4, 2018

In the Sollies the variety of bananas knows no bounds. There are bananas that you can eat right away and then there are cooking…

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Welcome to Nugu Beach Resort, Solomon Islands.


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Welcome to Nugu Beach Resort

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May 25, 2018

Nugu Beach Resort is a bungalow resort set on a postcard-perfect Pacific beach.

And that’s about it. We say that early on in this piece…

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Our house address is really easy to find in Honiara., Solomon Islands.


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Where’s my house again?

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May 18, 2018

The problem with street signs in the Solomon Islands is that there aren’t any.

Ok, that may be exaggerating – there are at least…

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Simon's Bay., Solomon Islands


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Baywatch: Simon

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April 11, 2018

A dug-out canoe comes towards us with a tall, lanky man and three pikinini.

Patrick, our boatman, turns the banana boat off, and we slow…

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Finding Tank Beach

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April 4, 2018

It takes two hours to drive to Tetere. It doesn’t actually, but that’s how long it took us to drive there.

We started off with…

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Our new purple house, Honiara.


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Dan and Nid move house

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March 30, 2018

We’ve moved house and we love it.

Our house is purple. PURPLE! We’re closer to town, our work commute is only ten minutes not thirty,…

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Lyrics for Jaro Local's Darkini Tangarareh.


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Dakini Tangarareh

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March 23, 2018

If you visited Solomon Islands in 2017 you would have heard Jaro Local’s Dakini Tangarareh blaring back to back from every shop in town….

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Getting our car licenced in Honiara


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How to licence a car in the Solomon Islands

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March 16, 2018

The easy part was getting a Solomon’s driver’s licence. The hard part is getting a car licenced (i.e. for New Zealanders – getting your…

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Tubing Mataniko

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February 22, 2018

One of the most popular walks in Honiara, due to its draw of being able to tube down the river, is Mataniko Falls.

This…

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Bale shopping, Lels, Honiara, Solomon Islands.


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Bale tales

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February 15, 2018

Ever wondered where all your clothes donations you chuck away go to? Two words: bale shops.

Bale shops in the Solomon Islands are second-hand clothing…

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How to Get a Solomon Islands Driver’s Licence

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February 7, 2018

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate driving. In fact, I was sitting on my restricted licence for about five years and only…

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My face after being betel nut spat on.


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New Year Resolutions

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January 31, 2018

We’re back! And what better way to start off the year than with some New Years resolutions. Yeah, we know it’s the end of…

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danandnid, Solomon Islands.


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Sorry, but not Sorry.

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December 13, 2017

 In preparation for our five-week reintegration into New Zealand society, we thought we’d better send out a warning and pre-apology for the misunderstandings, questionable…

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Guadalcanal Coastal Walk, Solomon Islands.


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Journey to the West: The Guadalcanal Coastal Walk

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December 6, 2017

While Nid was in Auki last weekend for a week-long business trip, I spent the weekend with seven friends hiking the two-day Guadalcanal Coastal…

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Fundraising for Mercy

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November 18, 2017

For the past few weeks I have been helping to fundraise for the building of a block of classrooms for Mercy School in Burns…

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Well, oil be damned.

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November 15, 2017

Apostolic Jerusalem Anointing Oil: The oil you can buy in Honiara that heals everything.

An upturned rubbish bin with a poster plastered across it announces,…

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Kakabona – not just Latin for good poop

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October 28, 2017
We rocked up to Kakabona beach at 7:40 am with a crew of eight. The guide I prearranged, Peter, is nowhere in sight. The lady at a nearby betel stand is helpful and informs us, “Oh hem dringum tumas las naet.”
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Malaitan Chilli Crab Recipe

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October 22, 2017

The mud crabs we usually see at Honiara Central Market are from Malaita province with sellers coming to sell their catches on Saturdays. These crabs…

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Whole grilled fish and rice, Solomon Islands.


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Lunching at Local Kai Bars in Honiara

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October 20, 2017
My office doesn’t have a fridge or a microwave, and homemade lunch options like sandwiches, or crackers and tuna, get old quick.
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Another hole in the fence

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October 17, 2017

We came home tonight and spotted a new hole in our fence. That makes a total of five holes that you can see lined up…

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Beating the Beetles

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October 14, 2017

The Solomon Islands is currently under a biosecurity threat from the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. As the name suggests, they are beetles with a horn with…

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A Guide to Afternoon Tea in Nid’s Office


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A Guide to Afternoon Tea in Nid’s Office

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October 11, 2017

Having gone from a fast-paced, high-stress work environment to a sloth-paced, chill office, I go through some real lulls throughout the days here. Dealing…

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What we’ve learnt about taxis

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October 6, 2017

Taxis are another affordable way to get around town in the Solomon Islands. They’re a good option to get somewhere at night when buses…

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Go lo Honiara Central Market

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October 4, 2017

The biggest market in the Solomon Islands is Honiara Central Market. Out of interest, I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and they are scathing:…

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Learning How to Scuba Dive in the Solomons

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September 24, 2017

Diving in the Solomon Islands is like going to scuba Disneyland. Not only does the Solomons have some of the most biodiverse marine life…

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Hiking Tenaru Falls

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September 17, 2017

So far we’ve been pretty lucky in terms of organising weekend activities. If you can make enough enterprising friends, just sit back and wait…

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An Homage to Tuna and Rice

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September 13, 2017

Tuna and rice is a Jones family special and my earliest memories of family dinners are of tuna and rice.

What is it? White rice, a…

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Savouring Savo

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September 9, 2017

Savo is a small island we’ve looked at many times from our deck during our morning coffees wondering, “What’s over there?”

Our recent research expedition has…

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Batcaves, Parisaia, Solomon Islands.


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The Bat Caves of Parisaia

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September 2, 2017

Parangiju Lodge is about an hour’s drive from town where eight of us meet to do the Bat Caves walk. From here, we pick up…

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Gnarly Ngali Slice

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August 30, 2017

This is a good dessert slice for making me feel like I’m making healthy decisions.

It has ngali nuts, which are delicious, and uses up…

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The Holiest of Holies

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August 27, 2017

There is a hole in my fence.

A human-sized hole.

While Nid was taking pictures of the hole with my leg hanging through it to show…

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Getting the Bus in the Sollies

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August 24, 2017

Catching the bus to get around the city is a cheap and easy way to get around town. They are safe enough as long…

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Betel nut, betel nut, betel nut.

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August 19, 2017

The betel nut is a small nut that is chewed for its euphoric drug-like experiences. Every corner in the Solomon Islands seems to have…

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Banana ice cream

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August 17, 2017

I’ve seen a million of these recipes but have never tried it. I mean, I’m a New Zealander. We’re made up of 90% dairy,…

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Getting a car

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August 12, 2017

Getting a car was not on the agenda. We sold our car the day before we left New Zealand thinking that we wouldn’t be…

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Slippery Cabbage and Coconut

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August 10, 2017

Slippery cabbage is, so far, the closest thing we’ve found to spinach. Slippery cabbage and coconut milk is a staple dish in the Solomon’s….

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Scrashem Coconut like a Fruit Ninja

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August 9, 2017

There are two types of coconuts you can get at the market: young coconut, and dry coconut.

Young coconuts look like you want to drink…

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A Solomon Island’s Love Stori

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August 8, 2017

Stori time at the office is not only a good chance for gossip, but also a good way for learning the lay of the…

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It’s been a long time, without you my friend.

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August 4, 2017

Today we had a celebratory flat white to mark our one-month anniversary here. That’s right, they have flat whites here! The coffees here have…

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Time goes by so slowly

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August 1, 2017

Everyone in New Zealand has heard the term “island time”.

A term that is often used as an excuse for things that don’t run to…

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Dan and Nid go lo Village

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July 29, 2017

As part of getting to know the Solomons, our organisation arranged for us to stay at a small village in the Guadalcanal province for…

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Hash (the legal kind)

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July 25, 2017

My dad told us if there was one club we had to try it was Honiara Hash House Harriers.

Touted as “a drinking club with…

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Blast from the past

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July 21, 2017

Some 30 years ago, Solomon Islands needed an accountant.

Dad applied for the job, got it, came here, and brought my mum along. While here,…

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Mitufala toktok Pijin

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July 20, 2017

We lucked out on the language front here in Honiara. Although there are about 60 to 70 languages in the Solomons, the only ones…

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Game of Patience

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July 18, 2017

Using the internet here is a constant test of patience and determination.

It is painfully slow to the point that it should be considered a…

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Honiara’s First

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July 13, 2017

Yes, I actually made space for this in one of our seven suitcases and finally put it back together today.

Behold! Honiara’s first Lillipad!

I don’t…

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First Impressions

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July 12, 2017

We’ve passed the one-week mark and we’ve had a week of orientation interspersed with one public holiday, one power-cut, and two water-cuts already.

First impressions:…

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Nid go lo ofis first time

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July 11, 2017

After being told the office opens anytime between 8 and 8:30 am, I arrived at 8:30 am to find it devoid of life. I…

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Dan go lo clinic first time

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July 10, 2017

Since I left New Zealand, I’ve been unwell.

I got off the plane with a splitting headache and still had it six days later. Real…

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Home, Sweet Home

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July 5, 2017

We’ve moved in already! Into a big wooden house on top of a hill; high enough to avoid flooding and tsunamis, solid-ish in case…

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Dan and Nid go lo Solomon Islands

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July 4, 2017

Our first blog post. Can’t believe we’re finally here.

From Auckland to Brisbane to Honiara, and seven suitcases in tow.

Hello Solomon Islands. Home for the…

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Honiara, Solomon Islands

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