The Ultimate Chocolate Voyage from Beautiful Bougainville
to Windy Wellington
Arriving into New Plymouth with the wind and sea Gods on their side, the owners of The Wellington Chocolate Factory are steadily approaching the last leg back into Wellington harbour this weekend. Since being away in Fiji and Bougainville from the 27th July, Gabe and Rochelle have been supporting a local Bougainville cocoa famer, James Rutana with his cocoa production and sustainability. The voyage from Bougainville across the seven seas (we are sure it feels like it) has not been the perfect holiday, but a real adventure for Gabe, Rochelle, and the rest of the Uto ni Yalo crew. While living off the essential food items (two minute noodles, canned fish, milk powder, and water), Gabe and Rochelle have been lucky enough to catch fresh fish on board, making the voyage even more special. With no internet service on board the doubled-hauled waka, Gabe and Rochelle only have a satellite phone to the outside world. This became a daily challenge to keep in touch with the chocolatiers at The Wellington Chocolate factory back in New Zealand. Nonetheless, the chocolate production and operations of the factory have been going at a fast pace in time for Christmas. Gabe, Rochelle, and the rest of the Uto ni Yalo crew will be presented with a warm Maori welcome from Te Wharewaka o Poneke back into Wellington harbour end of this week. The joining of three pacific neighbours has definitely been a once in a lifetime experience for Gabe and Rochelle. Without a doubt they will be excited to see how the next chapter unfolds in the Bougainville chocolate story for James Rutana and his growing cocoa production.
Take a look at our chocolate blog for more Bougainville photos and voyage updates www.thewellingtonchocolatevoyage.wordpress.com and also set sail to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thewellingtonchocolatefactory to read more about the journey home.
The Wellington Chocolate Voyage – “Be part of a better tasting world.”
Written by Lance Young - marketing extern.