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Written by Wade Doak, Wade T Doak's blog   
Sunday, 19 September 2010

On Anzac day Jan and I returned to the mountain with a four of our neighbours: Reggie and Neal; Rob and Elaine, a picnic party with serious exploration in mind. This time we were determined to penetrate to the very end of the enchanted Kawaka Promontory. We knew there had to be parents for the ever-increasing density of matai seedlings among all the crisp kawakas and copses of kinky trunked Coprosma areolatas. So we pushed on through a dense wall of wind-compacted bush that hitherto had excluded us, seeming to suggest it was the end of the promontory and that a sudden cliff edge would precipitate us headlong into the bay. First we followed the cliff edge line of pohutukawa, coprosmas, hebe clumps, a few stumpy nikau and patchesof wharangi. Wind pressure out here has bent the tops of the bushes at right angles so they look weird and grotesque. But this was a mellow autumn day with a frisson of an offshore breeze and the sea below, sparkling and clear, revealed extensive forests of kelp where three Maori divers were snorkelling for kina.

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