My brother is in Brownes Bay which is just North of Auckland
. His boat is there somewhere, I think on a mooring
buoy near Birkenhead. It's a Lotus 10.6. We both played for Suburbs in Avondale. I was walking near the beach at Mount Manganui in 1955, and a new black 55 Chevrolet came up the road. It was the only car on the road. Turned out it belonged to a taxi driver friend from Auckland
who had just bought it. He took us for a ride. Very cool. Over here last weekend I cruised by the nudie beach to show the new crew where it is. Bikinis 50% off are always exciting, but there are still the few places where folks are starkers. Rent on the house in the Mount was about $3- per week in 1968. We split it about four ways. The most expensive item at the Chinese restaurant in Tauranga was 55 cents.
The Sally Anne would sing and ring there bells downtown on Friday nights. I would leave my dog ( tri colour border collie DB ) to sit and listen while I went accross the street to the pub. A cargo ship always seemed to run aground close to Christmas
and put up a bunch of lights. The logging trucks from the state forests in Murupara ran 24 hours a day into the port at Mount Manganui. Thursday was fight night at the pub in the Mount. The beach was okay for surfing but not as good as Waihi or Whangamata sp? Tairua is one of the prettiest bays anywhere. I may come and visit the winter.