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Mostly Pounaweapop­u­lar home des­ti­na­tio­nis in to sum­mer­cribs, for a tourists and sea­sonal trav­ellers and has been de­scribed by its res­i­dents as ‘‘undis­cov­ered’’. Sa­muel White took his cam­era to see what makes Pounawea stand out.

Ku­ramea Lodge and Hol­i­day Park owner Shel­ley Povey takes time to en­joy a cup of cof­fee at her camp­ing ground in Pounawea.

She and hus­band Bai­ley have owned the camp­ing ground for a lit­tle over a year af­ter buy­ing it from the Pounawea Con­ven­tion Trust.

They have spent the win­ter fixing it up in prepa­ra­tion for a busy sum­mer.

Orig­i­nally from South Africa, Mrs Povey moved ‘‘di­rect from Dur­ban to Kaka Point’’ nine years ago.

Af­ter liv­ing in Kaka Point, she and her hus­band set­tled in Pounawea. She op­er­ates the camp­ing ground, along­side her hus­band and with the help of her par­ents, Maryna and Neil Rus­sell, who live on site in their bus.

Still go­ing . . . Derek and Rose Hewson have lived in Pounawea for ‘‘40­odd years’’ and are heav­ily in­volved with the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Hewson has been one of the lo­cal school bus driv­ers for the Catlins Area School since 1979.

‘‘I just get up and do it.’’

When asked what it was about Pounawea that they en­joyed, Mr Hewson said you had to ‘‘just lis­ten’’ to the na­tive bird sound echo­ing about the place.

Out for a walk . . . Steph McPhee can be found tak­ing her two dogs, Toby (left) and Ri­ley, for a walk in Pounawea ev­ery day.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s snow­ing, rain­ing or sunny.’’

Her hus­band, Alis­tair, is a civil en­gi­neer and his work takes him all over the world.

The pair have lived in places such as Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong and Syd­ney.

How­ever, they keep find­ing their way back to Pounawea.

‘‘It’s par­adise, re­ally.’’

The small sea­side set­tle­ment had ‘‘some­thing magic’’.

While the pace picked up dur­ing the sum­mer months, the tran­quil­lity there made it a relaxing spot to be, she said.

Clear blue . . . The es­tu­ar­ine en­try to the Catlins Lake with the Pounawea jetty in the fore­ground.

Pounawea was a busy port dur­ing the late 19th and early 20th cen­tury, around the time the first post of­fice was es­tab­lished there in 1899.

The im­mi­grant ship Su­rat was headed for Pounawea when it ran aground at what is now named Su­rat Bay, nearby, on New Year’s Day in 1874.

The ground­ing was one of the more fa­mous ship­wrecks in the Catlins and the tale has be­come well­known in lo­cal lore. Although the ship was wrecked, no lives were lost.

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