Dunegate

NZ Today - - LETTERS -

I bought a sub­scrip­tion for my mother who was de­lighted to see the cur­rent edi­tion in­cluded Man­gawhai Heads, long a fam­ily favourite as my grand­par­ents built their home there many years ago, and my aunt now lives in that much-loved home.

How dis­ap­pointed there­fore, my mother and aunt were, by the cap­tion of the photo pur­port­ing to be of the sand dunes. Pho­tos of the dunes at Man­gawhai fill many pages of our al­bums.

My fa­ther’s par­ents bought a lease of a sec­tion at Man­gawhai in 1958 (later bought the free­hold) and built what be­came their home. It’s been in the fam­ily ever since, and has seen many fam­ily gath­er­ings large and small, and fea­tures in so many, many spe­cial mem­o­ries. I’ve lived in Pa­pua Guinea, New Zealand, USA, Eng­land and now Christchurch, but Man­gawhai has been a con­stant. It’s a beau­ti­ful place, made spe­cial by very spe­cial people.

My par­ents (and now my aunt) love your mag­a­zine and this won’t end their en­joy­ment, but has marred it a lit­tle as they won­der at the ac­cu­racy of other cap­tions. Linda Adams ED. Thanks Linda for the fab­u­lous pho­tos of the dunes. I apol­o­gise for the cap­tion in my story which should have read Man­gawhai surf beach with dunes in the ex­tremely dis­tant back­ground! I agree that Man­gawhai is one of the most spe­cial places in the coun­try and thank you for shar­ing your mem­o­ries and your fam­ily’s his­tory there.

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