ED­WIN de RONDE, MEG BATES and baby ASTRO de RONDE

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So­cial sci­ence lec­turer at AUT, and po­lit­i­cal stud­ies lec­turer at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity. Live in Snells Beach Meg: This place is a fam­ily bach on Ed­win’s side. That piece of Snells Beach has been in their fam­ily since the 1930s, so it’s a place he went to as a kid and spent all his sum­mers at. There are ac­tu­ally a lot of roads named af­ter his fam­ily around here.

The wall colour is the orig­i­nal – it’s the clas­sic New Zealand bach colour scheme for that era. There’s also still an out­door shower and toi­let. One of my biggest goals at the moment is to get a plumber in – I can’t do an­other win­ter, es­pe­cially with a baby.

One of the main things we need to get is a satel­lite dish be­cause you can’t get any de­cent TV re­cep­tion here. So at the moment we’re work­ing our way through Mad Men DVDs, which is great at those times when the baby sleeps.

When we moved up here last year we had a big bach-warm­ing. It was at the end of Fe­bru­ary and per­fect weather. We just bar­be­cued and peo­ple came and lay around on the grass and drank wine.

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