Teambuilding fun in the forest

Consulting with clans and consuming kava
January 30, 2013
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On Friday the WCS Fiji staff headed off on an adventurous retreat to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park.  Various commitments conspired against a Christmas party this year, so we scheduled this away-day instead. We were even joined by our esteemed Community Liaison Officer, Didi, fresh off the boat from Savusavu and just registered for his Boatmaster training in Suva.

Just 10 minutes from Suva along the Prince’s Road, Colo-i-Suva is a mix of mahogany (planted in the 1940s and 50s) and native flora and fauna. We were glad that Akuila’s booming voice didn’t scare off all the wildlife as we spotted a a Barking Pigeon and a Blue Crested Broadbill in the tree tops.

Waisea and Margi gave us an insight into some traditional uses of forest plants, including natural ‘Fijian chewing gum’ (given to children to help develop their speech), ‘soap plant’ (also known as toilet paper!) with leaves that produce a lather, a plant with an inner stem that cures mouth ulcers and another with ‘menthal vapour’ roots to clear your nose.

Akuila led the way when we reached the waterfall at lower pools – straight onto the rope-swing and into the cool clean water!  After that Stacy couldn’t resist and others followed.  Waisea showed his climbing skills, confidently getting up into the high branches before backing out and retreating down to howls of laughter.

It was uphill all the way back, stopping to check out the big freshwater prawns and a great view over eastern Suva and the Rewa Delta.

Afterwards we had a lovely lunch at Raintree lodge as the TV showed Fiji losing to Scotland and England announced their intent at the Wellington Sevens by beating New Zealand – a great end to a wonderful day!

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