Retreat, Relax, Revitalise

It’s 11am on a Tuesday and I am supine, sun-kissed and smiling. With the exception of my fingertips lightly tapping the surface of the water, I lay motionless, focused only on the sound of the waves breaking outside the reef. The gentle current from the incoming tide is a quiet reminder that the lagoon and big ocean are connected—even though from my floating, balanced position on that lagoon right now, it is difficult to imagine.

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Punarei... lost in the tribe

We climb into the back of a jungle-worn truck and, before we can sit down, Ngaa throws it into gear. Peering from beneath the hat of dried kikau (coconut fibre) he wears on his head, his eyes search for ours in the rearview mirror. They find their target, and Ngaa launches abruptly into a powerful discourse.

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