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Experience Grand Mercure Puka Park



Places to Be

Puka Park Resort

Coromandel Peninsula

Grand Mercure

Accor Vacation ClubApartments

+64 7 864 8088


Mount Avenue, Pauanui Beach

Coromandel Peninsula NZ

Miha is Grand Mercure Puk a

Park’s signature restaurant and is

renowned for its superb dining

and stunning views.

This unique resort can cater for your

every need from a casual meal on the

deck celebrating with friends to your

unforgettable conference needs and

team building events, not forgetting

one of the Coromandels premiere

wedding venues.




Grand ercure Puka Park Resort





an Patrick,based in

Matarangi, is one of the

Coromandel’s premiere

landscape photographers.

This community-minded photographer has the

eye and patience for catching amazing moments

of extreme beauty, from blossoms and birds to

spectacular scenics and retirement has provided

more time to indulge his passion. His travels

both inside NZ and abroad have provided plenty

of fodder for his impressive portfolio.

Ian’s coffee table book

Matarangi Moods

includes stunning images taken from Opito to

Whangapoua, a ‘must have’ if you live in the area

or want a cherished keepsake. Purchase at the

Matarangi Beach Store, Luke’s Kitchen & Gallery

in Kuaotunu or Castle Rock Cafe in Te Rerenga.

They also carry some of his photographs as

prints or you may special order any that you see

in Coromandel Life or on his website.

We discovered Ian has another talent – writing.

He wrote the article about Castle Rock Cafe’s

Andy Corles and his accident recovery in this

issue (p 52) and the Rings Beach Wetlands

project for next issue. Ian’s donated prints were

a popular item at a benefit auction held at The

Dunes Golf Resort for Andy’s family.

Contact Ian at 07 866 0751, or



Ian Patrick


lan Duff has specialised in real estate

photography for over three decades,

capturing images of interiors, exteriors, and

overhead aerials.

Alan has taken to the skies snapping aerial

photographs of our coastline, scenic features,

and towns. He also uses a drone that transmits

a video in real time down to his controller that

shows him exactly what the drone is looking at.

He can then manoeuvre it to get the best angle

to take a photograph or shoot a video.

Alan previously used a blimp, but now remote

control drones (he has three!) are just the thing.

He keeps his drone within sight, but if it does

get a bit lost “the drone has a homing return

program, and will fly back.” Alan notes that he

is careful of wires and all aviation regulations,

keeping flights below aircraft flying altitudes.

Many of Alan’s aerial images are available for

purchase on Trade Me or you can contact him

directly to order or inquire about custom real

estate photos and aerial video/photography.

See or

call 0211 116 2266.

Aerial photos

Alan Duff

Little Bay is located between

Kennedy Bay and Port Charles Bay

Michelle is now working at Hikuai School school where she is able to indulge her

passion for photography (see p 56). She has a Diploma in Digital Photography

with the Southern Institute of Technology; and our last issue contributed stunning

photos of pets, a youth rugby game, the Tairua Marina, and the wall montage at

Shells Restaurant. See more at


Michelle McEwan

26 Al

ber t St, Whitian

ga • Ph 07

and on



original oil

paintings by

Michael D Smither

Dermot Kelly


Justine Davie

(floral installation)



Bread &Butter Gallery

26 Albert St, Whitianga • P: 07 8664927

and on