Stars “dip” in for St John ambulance
Pouring rain, freezing temperatures and a hefty swell held no fear for the island's good Samaritans who gathered on two beaches for a midwinter dip in aid of the St John ambulance "Flash a Light" appeal.
At Little Oneroa, TV personalities Jim Mora and Mary Lambie marshalled the crowds along with "surprise" guest Auckland MP Nikki Kaye.
And, to the surprise of organiser St John team leader Mitch Mullooly, all three joined her in the water.
The volunteer fire brigade and St John's sausage sizzle and soup stalls saw plenty of business from the hardy dippers who included members of the island's police, ASB bank, and Placemakers along with fancy dress clad families, individuals and dogs.
Ms Mullooly says it was a great turn-out despite the weather and a really good time was had by all.
"We gave away some amazing prizes thanks to the island's business community so almost everyone went home with something."
Ms Kaye agreed, adding, "Everyone who took part and helped out deserves a pat on the back for raising money for such a good cause."
Later in the afternoon, another 18 brave souls took a dip at Onetangi in the name of the same charity, and this time the sun came out for them, according to onlooker Ray Ericson.