Half of the dining room was turned into a lounge and reception area. A second lounge was established in a large cabin aft of the vessel.
This holds 40 people and serves as a lounge, lecture room, meeting room and additional sleeping accommodation as needed.
A new sewage treatment system was installed. We are also planning to fit a new generator to save on fuel consumption. The aft accommodation area was transformed into a medical clinic to accommodate both dental and optical activity. $NZ40,000 of dental equipment has already been purchased thanks to a grant from Rotary Club.
Teams of young people helped on board to help handle some rust issues. Youth groups and church teams helped serve on board for a few hours to help chip and paint. With the help of various people, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders and general handyman type persons, the work on the ship was completed and was ready to begin its first outreach in late June.
The ship left from New Zealand on June 29, 2015, and led medical outreaches in Fiji and Vanuatu. It returned to New Zealand in October during cyclone season in the South Pacific, then returned to Vanuatu in April 2016 for another season of outreach. It will again return to Vanuatu in 2017, before being redeployed to the Caribbean this October!
If you want to help in some way or sail with the ship, e-mail us at:
[email protected] or call: 07 543 3787