This page is dedicated to our people and their stories. You are welcome to add your family story too. Some of the stories were first contributed to our Focus magazine and written by Chris Robertson.
Brye Blackhall - Engineer, yachtsman, inventor and resident of Ngunguru
Readers of Focus will instantly recognize the name Brye Blackhall as a regular contributor on issues involving the Ngunguru estuary. Brye is also well known for his large steel ketch Septimus which is moored in the estuary near the northern boat ramp. (Story continues here>>>)
David Stevens - Actor, Screen Writer, Film and TV Director, Resident of Tutukaka
At a recent quiz night at the Game Fishing Club a question was asked, who directed the award winning TV mini series A Town Like Alice? To the surprise of many people the answer was David Stevens and he is sitting at the back of the room. (Story continues here>>>)
Evan Hamlet - Coastal resident, Civil Engineer, Sportsman, Businessman and Educator
There may be several examples of self made individuals in our community but one that definitely fits that accolade is Ngunguru resident Evan Hamlet. (Story continues here>>>)
Jeroen Jongejans and Dive! Tutukaka
Congratulations to Jeroen Jongejans and Kate Malcolm of Dive! Tutukaka winners of Northlands Supreme Business awards. Dive! Tutukaka didnt just win an award but took most of the major awards for business excellence. While most locals are aware of Dive! Tutukaka it would still have come as a surprise to many that a business born and nurtured it our community could grow to become one of the leading lights of business enterprise in Northland and a pathfinding and iconic business in New Zealands fiercely competitive tourist industry. (Story continues here>>>)
Dr Katharine Bowden - Doctor, farmer, community worker, mother, resident of the Tutukaka Coast
To anyone who has lived in this community for a few years the name Katharine Bowden is a very familiar one. Katharine and her family have lived on the coast for many years and for thirteen years she was the local doctor after setting up her practice in Ngunguru in 1977. (Story continues here>>>)
Peter Taylor - Ngunguru resident, lighthouse keeper, merchant seaman and author
Peter and Marita Taylors house high above Shoebridge Crescent is a fitting place for someone like Peter who has spent much of his adult life in intimate contact with the sea. (Story continues here>>>)
Reg Mitchell - Resident of Ngunguru and fighter pilot
At eighty eight years of age Reg lives a quiet relaxed life these days in the Ngunguru Retirement Village but Regs gentle and friendly personality gives little clue to his past as a WW2 pilot flying the famous Mosquito fighter bomber. (Story continues here>>>)
Shelley Anderson - Real estate entrepreneur, fashionista, livewire and resident of
In every community there are people who brighten our lives with their cheerful and positive personalities. People who project energy and enthusiasm in their work and daily activities. Local Real Estate entrepreneur Shelley Anderson is certainly one of those people. One would have to be blind or dead not to have noticed the ebullient Shelley as she erects another For Sale sign, fronts an auction, or advertises an Open Home. On the coast. Where there is real estate for sale, there is Shelley Anderson. (Story continues here>>>)
Sophie Edwards - Coastal resident, artist, environmental advocate, tireless worker for her local community.
Anyone who has lived on the Tutukaka Coast for long will have at some stage heard of the indomitable Sophie Edwards. At an age when many people would be taking things easy Sophie is actively involved in the coastal community as a member of the Tutukaka Residents and Ratepayers Assn. and a driving light on the Sandspit committee. When not keeping the developers honest, attending hearings on coastal issues or involving herself in some local or environmental issue, Sophie can be found sitting at her easel enjoying her passion for art. (Story continues here>>>)
Elliot and Daisy Armstrong - early settlers of Ngunguru.
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Armed Service personnel with a connection to the Coast (click here)