Returning from a few days at Whangapoua beach in the Coromandel. A very special place I’ve been going to for many years now, lots of memories – like this painting above “Summer Sands” from 1993, going round the rocks to the harbour…
seeing the changes over the years; in the shifting sands, in the village, in my friends, in me…and in my paintings!
One of the great things about Whangapoua is walking over to the neighbouring beach, New Chums. You can only access it by foot (or boat) so it still has that feel of being untouched, something that is increasingly rare and precious on the Coromandel Peninsula. So I’m feeling sad and anxious that the future of this precious place is again under pressure from developers.
All power to the people battling to save New Chums for everyone! I know from my own experience how draining these processes are. Let’s hope that people power can persuade the Government (or some other benefactor) to buy it and turn it into a regional park for future generations to enjoy.