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Week one is done and dusted and what a start I’ve had al­ready. This town is gor­geous, as are the peo­ple in it and I can’t wait to see what it’s like with­out the hus­tle of road­works. Ini­tially I thought the only down­fall to Mata­mata was the fact that there was no Glas­sons and we had to drive to get to a beach. But from all the de­ves­tat­ing news in the me­dia lately about drown­ings per­haps that is a bless­ing.

Sum­mer is upon us and us in­lan­ders are un­doubt­edly plan­ning trips to the beach in the com­ing hot weeks and all I have to say is be care­ful. We need to take the ocean se­ri­ously and take our­selves se­ri­ously too. Know your lim­its in wa­ter and un­der­stand the beach that you’re go­ing to. Is it west coast or east coast? What is the tide do­ing? Where is ev­ery­one else swim­ming and why?

New Zealand does not need an­other tragic head­line, not one.

Happy sum­mer peo­ple, but please, take care.

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