Topic: People - The Point
20 August 2005
I had gone up to Tongaporutu primarily to photograph the sea caves. A few people were up there making the most of the beautiful day. With it being a very low 0.2m tide coupled with a high beach state, people were able to gain access to the Four Brothers Beach well beyond the Point.
14 December 2008
I was up at Tonga doing cliff sequencing on the Three Sisters Beach, the Point and the Four Brothers Beach. A number of people were up at Tonga and some of them were present here at the Point.
12 April 2009
I spoke to two couples near the Hole in the Rock. One couple had come from Oregon in the United States while the other couple had driven down from Te Awamutu. This couple were lamenting the loss of the video camera footage of Mokau beach. This showed the state of the beach. (Sand cover). Knowing this in advance would have saved them a two hour journey. (NOTE. As of 3.1.2011, I believe that the beach they were referring to was Raglan, not Mokau. NIWA have a camera set up there to monitor beach levels).
A number of people wanted to access the Four Brothers beach. However, only those prepared to be nibbled on by paddle crabs in the Passageway while sloshing through a channel of water around four feet deep would gain access.
Learning how to use a panoramic camera entailed a steep learning curve. Everything that you could do wrong with this camera I subsequently did, including some things that I didn’t know you could do wrong. Not having access to a user’s manual didn’t help, but I did manage to get one eventually. Even then, the stuff ups continued, mainly through my impatience!
15 November 2009
While up at Tonga with three members of the Taranaki Geological Society, we stopped at the Point, specifically at the Hole in the Rock, in the hope that we could access the Four Brothers Beach. However, the weather conditions were such that we gave it a miss. Someone took a photo of me along with two of the others on the Hole in the Rock. The photo shows me at lower left, with Pam Murdoch and Dawn Bowen.
28 March 2010
This was a re-visit to Tonga by the Taranaki Geological Society. Due to much better conditions than encountered on the 15th November of last year, all nine of us were easily able to pass around the Point and access the Four Brothers Beach.