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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northen Advocate   
Sunday, 19 September 2010

Left: Clean-up at a Ngunguru house in 1960. Right: The bridge at Tutukaka. Pictures/Advocate Archives

Catching flounder in Northland was never easier than on May 24, 1960.

Large waves had rolled into Northland's east coast the day before - the remnants of a Chilean earthquake which killed about 400 people. Giant waves also raced about 12,000km across the Pacific Ocean and killed 19 people in Hawaii. In Japan, 85 people died.

In Northland, the normal 12-hour tide cycle was reduced to minutes as the sea sucked in and out of the coast.

Tutukaka charter boat operator John Going remembers visiting his parents on May 24 at their guesthouse, on the site of the old Tutukaka Hotel.

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