Tuesday, 1 February 2011


We went for a drive to Maraetai yesterday, which is about half and hour away from where we live.

A week ago many of the beach front properties there had been flooded by the combination of a large spring tide and the remnants of a tropical cyclone.  There was little visible  evidence of this damage remaining.

The park and beach was full of Pacific Island families enjoying themselves with BBQ's and vigorous touch rugby games.

Maraetai is a typical beach side town made up of baches and older weatherboard house with the usual sprinkling of general stores and fish and chip shops.

The New Zealand summer has been punctuated by strange weather patterns so people are making the most of the sunny days in what is turning out to be, a wet and windy summer.

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