Titahi Bay means ‘One cabbage tree.’ To get there from Wellington you drive through the state houses and shopping malls of Porirua then quite suddenly you’re in a gorgeous quiet little bay with sleepy streets and a thriving surf lifesaving club. Of all the years I lived in Wellington I’ve only been there a handful of times. I once interviewed sandy haired identical twins Will and Danny from the Titahi Bay club for Capital magazine. I was taken by their story, intertwined with sun and salt. Their Dad represented NZ at surf lifesaving. He met their Mum and fell in love with her at the club. The boys grew up a few doors down and are now patrol captains. For the self professed “water boys” the beach is their home. “Our club is known for our social side and hosting events. If people from up North are coming down they have events here, cos we have the bar and we’ve got the kitchen, and we’ve got a guy Ken who does the food, big barbies and that. Every Sunday night the bars open and everyone comes down and has a few drinks and a meal.”
But, my favourite thing about Titahi Bay is the boatsheds. Bright, cheerful, peeling. Uncomplicated and uncontrived. Just like gorgeous Ana, with her beautiful, bountiful hair and ghetto fab/female Fresh Prince vibe. Styled by the lovely Katie Collier and makeup by the lovely Kate Hamilton.