Over the past week I’ve been down in Otaki for Christmas. Otaki is a small town on the Kapiti Coast, just north of Wellington. It’s a place of home, being where my maternal side of the family is from and the home of our marae, Ngati Kapumanawawhiti. Otaki looks out over the Tasman sea toward the South Island and Kapiti Island. Whenever I’m down here I always find myself fascinated with that island. It never changes, but how much you see of it does, because unlike the east coast, the west coast is wild, ever changing and unpredictable.
Photos taken by myself, and my mother, Jane Hakaraia (no editing either!)