FROM THE ED­I­TOR

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE -

Janie Walker, who writes our pop­u­lar Boat Peo­ple col­umn, spent half of this year sail­ing around the Pa­cific, drop­ping in on var­i­ous is­lands.

The in­trepid trav­eller sent us back reg­u­lar re­ports and her col­umns in­vari­ably made for good read­ing – Janie is ob­ser­vant, and has a kind heart and a feel for the un­der­dog.

She was in a sense a su­per­tourist, some­times stop­ping at is­lands for weeks and try­ing to get to know the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in some depth.

She is also no Peter Blake, as she con­stantly stressed, re­ly­ing heav­ily on her part­ner Dean, who pro­vided the sail­ing ex­per­tise.

Janie has re­turned to Porirua, full of mem­o­ries, lessons learned, am­bi­tion and hopes. It was quite an un­der­tak­ing she em­barked on, and drop­ping an­chor at Mana Ma­rina must have been both a re­lief and some­thing of an an­ti­cli­max.

Turn to P24 for her lat­est col­umn and read about her thoughts on her epic jour­ney and what she is plan­ning next.

Joseph Romanos

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