115 Marine Parade in 2010

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My folks sold 115 Marine Parade to live in Rotorua. The woman who bought the place stayed there nearly 40 years and was always a welcoming host whenever I went to see her and show friends where I grew up. Untouched, just as my father left it (he did quality DIY so it lasted) When she died the place was sold for $620,000 - a HUGE sum because of its sea-side location - to an American woman who installed minders so she could come out from New York occasionally for a swim! In 2010, new owners somewhat reluctantly pulled the place down and built this house. They too have been gracious and let me see inside and even gave me one of the only two "pieces" of the old house that they kept - two shingles from above the windows. Under the house they discovered a Maori Umu (cooking oven) which our family was of course unaware of. After an archaeological assessment and a blessing by local Maori it was recovered up and the new house built. Courtesy of the owners, I have a cooking oven stone and some whelk shells that have been food for someone a long time ago.

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Photo taken in 117 Marine Parade, Seatoun, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

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  • Uploaded on January 4, 2012
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Bruce Comfort
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. FE230/X790
    • Taken on 2009/05/25 16:33:28
    • Exposure: 0.025s (1/40)
    • Focal Length: 7.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired

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