OUR IDENTITY IS SHAPED BY THE PRESENCE OF WATER AND MOUNTAINS
“Whatever the origin of individual residents, whatever their personal values and however long they or their families have lived on the Coromandel, there is one factor above all others that binds them and stamps them with an identity:
The proximity of that rugged range with its craggy tops, its steep slopes, its deep valleys; and the juxtaposition of these features with the sea. Wherever one lives on the peninsula, physical life is dominated by the presence of water and mountains. And because that presence affects so pervasively what people see and do, it becomes a factor in their emotional and spiritual life.
“The hills provide a horizon for the mind,” is how Veronica Black, a resident of Colville and Coromandel, describes what happens.
Coromandel people not only have a peninsula on their doorstep; they have it imprinted on their psyche. And most feel deprived when they are out of the sight and reach of it.”
DR MICHAEL KING
“Happy memories of a sunny childhood on Coromandel beaches have been passed to his grown-up children. Updated, they will find a similar home in the hearts of future grandchildren.”
THE HEALING POWERS OF NATURE
“It’s difficult not to be a conservationist on the Coromandel. Because to live here is to be conscious of the terrible and thoughtless destruction caused by the extractive industries, timber and gold.
This area was devastated by logging. And then the prospectors that came along looking for quartz mines ripped into the landscape and spewed out their poisonous tailings.
Anyone who cares about this place, and who knows how beautiful it was, can’t help but want to restore it. And then protect it."
"The Coromandel Peninsula sprawls across the eastern side of the Hauraki Gulf like a slumbering leviathan... It is a backdrop redolent of permanence and tranquility."
DR MICHAEL KING