NZ Life & Leisure

Catch of the Day

Come the weekend, the Ropes retreat to their family bach on the Northland coast where their pleasures are fishing, cooking and eating in equal measure.

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE endless childhood summers. The sky was high and blue over the great sweep of sun-baked sand where the Pouto Peninsula skids into the Tasman Sea and pretty little Camille Rope was crowned Miss Glinks Gully Junior 1991. Just 11 years old, with the winner’s sash draped around her, she could be forgiven for thinking that life simply couldn’t get any better but oh, it did… it did. With every summer of her life thus far – and many, many days in between – spent at the family bach 15 minutes south-west of Dargaville, she was yet to realize the extent of her good fortune. This was just how her life went.