By Netani Rika
Just before Christmas, 20 Fijian children spent a week of the school holidays learning how to sail in the waters of Laucala Bay.
Under the watchful eyes of the Uto Ni Yalo Trust volunteers, they learned how to tie knots, sail a twin hulled drua (canoe) and the basics of Indigenous culture which link the sky, the land and the sea to humanity.
They learned to battle the wind and the currents, to appreciate nature.
In a hospital bed 3000 kilometres away, the inspiration behind this sustainable sea . . .