Sunday, May 3, 2009


Warkworth, north of Auckland.

Today we visited DOC’s quarantine station and re-packed our mountains of stuff into sealable plastic buckets. Each bucket was weighed, numbered and labelled. All our footwear was scrubbed, re-scrubbed and then scrubbed again so we don’t inadvertently import some noxious weed to Raoul Island.

Our most taxing question for this exercise was “How much chocolate should we take with us?” Bas, one of our fellow vollies decided the answer should be “One giant bar a week” ie 24 of them.

We have packed 12. What does that say about us?

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