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.