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NZ Army Thanks Villagers For The Nausori Highlands Military Exercise

It was also an important op­portunity to show their ap­preciation to the local villag­ers who allowed them access to their land during Exercise Veiliutaki, where the New Zea­land Army trained alongside Republic of Fiji Military Forc­es (RFMF) for nearly a month in the Nausori Highlands.
30 Jul 2022 20:39
NZ Army Thanks Villagers For The Nausori Highlands Military Exercise
New Zealand personnel helping clean the medical centre at Nausori Village.

Singing and dancing while swapping shared stories over lunch was a great way for the Officer Ca­det School (OCS) of New Zea­land to wrap up their time in the Nausori Highlands.

It was also an important op­portunity to show their ap­preciation to the local villag­ers who allowed them access to their land during Exercise Veiliutaki, where the New Zea­land Army trained alongside Republic of Fiji Military Forc­es (RFMF) for nearly a month in the Nausori Highlands.

New Zealand personnel helping clean the church compound at Nausori Village.

New Zealand personnel helping clean the church compound at Nausori Village.

After finishing the close-country exercise portion of their time in Fiji, the OCS – which trains the NZ Army’s potential commissioned of­ficer candidates – gave thanks to the villagers who let them use their land to train.

Personnel all chipped in and helped clean the medical cen­tre and plant trees around the church, while others got stuck in putting the lovo into the ground.

After the jobs were done some of the New Zealand Of­ficer Cadets kicked a ball around with the local chil­dren, while others enjoyed fresh coconuts.Village-3

Just before lunch everyone congregated in a building to take part in a sevusevu cere­mony, where the OCS formally thanked the village.

Major Poriwira Kahura, Chief Instructor at the OCS, thanked the village for letting them use their mountains and rivers and also eat their animals.

He said they were humbled by the experience.Village-4

A village elder responded, say­ing they were very fortunate to have them here and it had been beneficial for the children to ob­serve them during their time in the Nausori Highlands.

After the sevusevu session mem­bers of the NZDF, RFMF and the local village danced and took pho­tos together, before wrapping up with a song from the local community.

As personnel departed the grounds, local village members called out “we love you so much, we miss you.”Village-5

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