News round-up from Cornwallis

The Sounds TV series filmed at Cornwallis

TV series filmed partly at Cornwallis

An eight-part television series that was partly filmed around Cornwallis and Huia in late 2019 is now available for local audiences to see.

The Sounds is a joint NZ-Canada production written by Kiwi writer Sarah-Kate Lynch and directed by Canadian Peter Stebbings. The series is co-produced by South Pacific Pictures and Canda’s Shaftesbury, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

It is set in the fictional Marlborough Sounds town of Pelorus, although it was mostly shot around Whangaroa in the far north, and Cornwallis/Huia.

Local locations include Cornwallis Beach, Cornwallis Wharf, the Huia store and the surrounding coastline. Cornwallis Wharf also features prominently in promotional material for the programme.

Reviews of the series – which is now available to stream locally via Neon, have been largely positive, with all making special mention of the superb location scenery.

“The Sounds gets better as the mystery progresses. But in the slow first episode, not a lot happens, which makes us even more annoyed when information is purposely held back from viewers.”

“Beautiful people doing stupid things in breathtaking locations is the stuff TV dreams are made of. The Sounds checks all the boxes.”Wall Street Journal

“There is an urgency to the plot that staves off the sense of malaise and an affable cast of supporting characters that only add to the dimension of the series.”Electric

The Sounds stars Canadian Rachelle Lefevre, New Zealand’s Matt Whelan and Australian Matt Nable.

The series tells the story of a Canadian couple who move Pelorus to escape family drama, only for one of them to go missing.

As the story unfolds there’s crime, grieving wives, cheating husbands, embezzlement, and mystery.

Orca sighted in Manukau Harbour

Orca in Manukau Harbour May 2020

A small pod of orca made repeated visits to the Manukau Harbour in late May 2020, and were spotted numerous times off Cornwallis Beach (pictured above).

The sightings occurred on Tuesday May 19, Thursday May 21 and again on Tuesday May 26.

The photos above were taken on May 21. In the image on the left, you can see Puponga Point, with the southern end of the Karangahape Peninsula (Cornwallis) in the top right, with the Waitakere Ranges in the background. In the left image, two orca are rounding Puponga Point, heading back out towards Manukau Heads.

Responding to the images on Twitter, the Marine Mammal Ecology Group at the University of Auckland said it was not unusual to see orca enter the Manukau Harbour as they travel around the New Zealand coastline. The Project Jonah Twitter account labelled the images, "Stunning".

In an article on the news website Stuff, Cornwallis resident Bronwyn Turner says seeing the group was the “thrill of a lifetime”.

“It's just so wonderful to see them, they are the most magnificent creatures.”

With so little rain in the Auckland region during autumn, it also means there was little run-off into the harbour, meaning it was cleaner than usual. This may be an attraction to the large mammals. The lack of pleasure craft on the water during a clear, midweek day may also have been a factor.

Wharf structural work complete

Work to wrap Cornwallis Wharf's wooden support piles in a strengthening tape has now been completed.

Each wooden support was wrapped in industrial Denso tape - which can be applied underwater to give greater protection to the aging wood.
Much of the work was done by divers - as shown in this demonstratoin video.

Further structural work will eventually see the reinstatement of the boat platforms at the far end of the pier.

The work is funded by Auckland Council and carried out by STG Group – specialists in marine construction and maintenance.

It started in March and then paused for five weeks during the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown period.

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