EDWIN de RONDE, MEG BATES and baby ASTRO de RONDE
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.