Tongan hospitality a hit for AIMS crew
Well whack awig on me, inject some fat in tomy lips and call me Wilgelina Jolie!
Iwent to Tonga last week and came as close as I’ve ever come to stealing a Tongan baby! I jest of course. I look nothing like Angelina.
Still, that baby though. Directly after this pic was taken he fell asleep on me and Iwas swamped with amyriad of Tongan ladies laughing, taking pics of their smallest family member asleep on the palest person they’d ever seen on their front porch!
I think the sun reflecting offmy white skin andmyreddish complexion had clearly tired out his beautiful big brown eyes and it was all too much. I’d have had a nap in that situation too.
Wewere in Tonga filming some of the beautiful and talented Tongan kids who are coming for the Anchor AIMS Games 2018. Wewere also having a chat with multiple other sports organisers to see how we can help develop sport at an intermediate school level in Tonga.
There’s a badminton team coming to have a crack at the kiwi kids this year and thanks to Anchor we were able to give them a bunch of cool gear. Then we got invited to the house of a couple of the team members— two gorgeous, quiet, humble and clearly talented twin girls.
I saw them practicing badminton on their dusty driveway before school and I’d seen them at training the night before at their school hall, which is missing part of its roof and still doesn’t have power since Cyclone Gita hit in Feb.
They’ve overcome a bit of adversity and are coming to NZ to experience our culture and hospitality, and I can tell you that we are going to have to pull out all the stops to even get close to matching the Tongan hospitality.
They gave us amassive fruit basket, a bag of coconuts and watermelon three times the size of myhead (andmyhead is MASSIVE — both physically and metaphorically) to say thanks for coming for breakfast. Weshould’ve been rewarding them! Then they turned up at our accommodation after school with more souvenirs.
They’re just thankful for the opportunity to come to NZ and play sport, and that someone would be interested in their team and country. An opportunity and an ethos that probablymost kiwi kids take for granted every day. We can learn a lot from Tonga.
Hope they bring that baby though. I need more cuddles! Will Johnston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and local from 9am-3pm, every weekday in the Bay of Plenty.
Will Johnston was a big hit with this baby when he visited Tonga.