My parents arrived in Mount Maunganui in 1964.

All five of their children went through Mount schools. As a single parent our mother raised us through the 70s and 80s. Times were tough, but we were rich in family life, ocean and harbour and exploring our beloved Mount.

We were unbelievably spoilt in our growing years; we had the ultimate backyard to grow up in, we had the Mount.

Everyone was happy, there was no complaining. Progress was bound to happen as so many wanted a piece of the Mount.

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It's the best place in the world so we were

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The view from the top