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.