Tuesday, 25 June 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Well-known Flaxmill Bay resident and café owner, Dave Fowell, has sailing in his blood. He has a long and distinguished family history in the marine industry. His grandfather, Hugh McRae, was a naval architect and was commissioned by the New Zealand government to design and build the hand-fired steam ship TSS Earnslaw. The ship is still used on Lake Wakatipu as a popular tourist attraction. He also designed and built yachts which he sailed around the Otago area.

“Seal season” has started. Although seals are marine mammals, they spend a lot of their time on land, especially between June and September.

The story of just where in Te Whanganui-o-Hei/Mercury Bay did Lieutenant James Cook and astronomer Charles Green observe the 9 November 1769 transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun is certainly a convoluted one. If it had not been for the perseverance of a famous Cook historian, it is possible this year’s 250th anniversary commemoration of the observation, which established Aotearoa/New Zealand’s geographic coordinates, may have been held on Shakespeare Cliff.

As parents, one of our favourite sunny afternoon outings was grabbing a lazy coffee on The Esplanade in Whitianga while keeping an eagle eye on our young boy as he entertained himself climbing all over the playground at the water’s edge. A favourite was searching for pirates and other dangers from a vantage point on the Jolly Roger, the quirky playground boat. 

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