Kirstin and Helen (in green) testing the water at Waipataki. Just before headed off on our holiday there were reports of biting insects hiding in the sand waiting to gnaw at exposed flesh causing extreme itchiness. The recommendation was to stay below the high water mark. Thankfully none of us were ambushed by these so called 'Mt Manganui Maulers'. Note the dark skies in the background. Later that night when Grae, Ben and I were night fishing, lightning was observed out to sea, then within seconds it was behind us waiting to deliver the heaviest monsoon rain ever. The fishing was soon abandoned. I have never been so wet!