Topic: People - Twin Creeks

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This includes the Whitecliffs Walkway (road).  It also includes the Maori Pa promontory.  The Maori name for this pa site is KATIKATIAKA PA.



1 January 2003  

Tongaporutu Coastline - Whitecliffs walkway


This is part of the Whitecliffs Walkway looking south towards White Cliffs and Mt Egmont.



7 March 2004  



From atop a hill further along from the Old Man Puriri Hill, I photographed the Maori Pa that separates Beach Two from Twin Creeks and White Cliffs.  I had especially humped my 300 mm telephoto lens up the hill for this purpose.  Also included was the White Cliffs Walkway.  Below me on the road I could hear laughter and chatter from a party of approaching school children.  I waited for them to finally appear in the bottom of the frame of the photo, and for the light to be right.



6 November 2005

As I set up on the Maori Pa promontory, a helicopter flew past.  I waited for it to fly out of the viewfinder.  There had been a lot of helicopters flying up and down the coast this afternoon.  They were searching for the downed helicopter which had carried liquor baron Michael Erceg from Auckland, and Gus Klatte of Dutch brewery Grolsch International.


TWIN CREEKS.  -  The Maori name is TE RUA TANIWHA

The impassable bluff that forms the boundary between Twin Creeks and White Cliffs is known to Maori as Rataniwha.  This refers to some form of sea-monsters.  This bluff is also known as Rigby’s Point after Constable John Rigby.  He drowned there while trying to swim three horses around it in 1883.



19 November 2003

I came across the memorial plaque dedicated to the two Maori children who had drowned here.  A small pohutukawa tree and a seat were nearby.

9 December 2003  

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From the Top Paddock I took a photo looking down on Twin Creeks.  Several fishermen were fishing there.  One of them had just caught a fish.

Down on the beach I photographed one of the fishermen as he appeared to be hauling in something large.  I waited and waited, but upon speaking to him, he said it was a large stingray that had bottomed.  It broke his line.  His companion had caught a kahawai.  This was what I had photographed earlier from the Top Paddock.

I then returned to the arch where the other surfcaster was.  His mate was further on.  I spoke to the Maori surfcaster, and then took his photo looking north.



8 February 2004

CLIFF SEQUENCING.  As I buggered about a bit loading a roll of 400 ASA film into the camera, a tramper ambled past with a walking pole in each hand.  He was clocking on a bit and had a grey half beard.  We smiled at each other.

15 February 2004

SUPER-STORM EVENT.  Super-Storm One.  Near the Maori Pa promontory where the road tips down towards Twin Creeks, a bedraggled couple trudged up the road towards me.  They had left their wet weather gear in their car which was parked at the locked gate.  I offered them a lift back as they would have otherwise had a long, cold, wet trudge back to their car.  They did introduce themselves but I’m hopeless with remembering names.  They commented on how well the farm was being looked after.  I nodded then said what I was doing and added that only stupid people like us would be here today on such a foul day.



6 November 2005   


While the sun was illuminating the beach entrance of the new through cave, (See Section Five on Caves), I took one photo of it sitting down.  I purposefully included my feet!  I had to get low so as not to include an ugly drainage pipe on my left hand side.

Later on, Russell Gibbs and some family members arrived to take advantage of the falling tide.



4 January 2006  


Stormy conditions had prevailed for some time and I wanted to document storm conditions at Twin Creeks.  Upon arrival there, I came across Russell Gibbs and a number of other people, one of whom was a photographer.  They had driven down in two vehicles.  Like me, they were there to see the spectacular conditions.

The photo here shows part of the Walkway under severe threat from the sea.



27 October 2007  


This shows part of the Walkway above the beach.  Its perilous situation can clearly be seen.



3 June 2008  

Tongaporutu Coastline - Twin Creeks


I rushed to set up at Twin Creeks to photograph a flock of sheep that the Gibbs were mustering down this end of their farm.  Afterwards, hard up to a grassy bank on a low ledge immediately south of the northern log debris field, I noticed a child’s hat, jacket and cardigan that had inadvertently been left behind.  With the sea conditions being relatively good, there was no telling quite how long they had been there.  Had the conditions been rough, they would have vanished during the next high tide after being left.



20 April 2009  

Tongaporutu Coastline - Whitecliffs walkway


Armed with Adam’s flash panoramic camera, I trudged all the way down to Twin Creeks.  The road beyond the locked gate had been closed to through traffic due to the road there teetering on the brink of collapse down the cliff.

Part way along the Whitecliffs Walkway after I had finished photographing down at Twin Creeks and White Cliffs, I stopped on the brow of a slight rise and set up the camera to photograph looking back down the road towards White Cliffs and Mt Egmont.  Despite high, grey cloud, the mountain was clear.  A bonus was two Angus cattle on the side of the road.

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