Chris and Rachel Ratcliffe
MUDDY BUDDIES: Hannah, Shakyla and Abbey at Aniseed River covered in mud.
SANDY CLAUS: This shot, taken late in the afternoon at Kaiteriteri on Christmas Eve, typifies Christmas in the Tasman region.
LIKE A BABY: Poppa Geoff and new grandson Zach enjoy a summer’s day snooze on Boxing Day
HAIR SPRAY: Mark Forward’s daughter Tiarne Forward plays in the water at Tata Beach, Golden Bay.
LITTLE PADDLER: Mila Roberts Gallot, 20 months, of Richmond, cools off in Grandma’s bucket on Boxing Day.
FAST LANE: Ten-year-old Sarah Dalzell in the ski-lane at Kaiteriteri.
HEAD IN THE SAND: While exploring Riwaka wharf, Nick, Calver and Seren Wiffen came across this doll’s head buried in the sand. They positioned it on a piece of driftwood.
GRIT AND GRAVEL: Joseph Roberts and Thomas Gallot race sand cars at Coopers Beach, Northland.
HANGING OUT: Getting high on swing ball is the perfect antidote to all that Christmas-New Year excess.
COOL DIP OF FUN: Stevie, front, and Kelsey, having submerged fun.
UP AND AWAY: When cousins catch-up the activity levels just go up.
YOUNG LOVE: Sophie Bogle, 2, of Blenheim, gets up close and personal with the ducks at Washbourne Gardens, Richmond.
MAKING A SPLASH: Courtney O’Neill’s 8-year-old brother, Zackary, cools off in the sea.
A dramatic lightning strike hits the sea close to Fifeshire Rock.
GUESTS SWOOP IN: Seagulls dine out on the Boyd family’s leftover fish ’n’ chips at the landscaped park (old chemical plant site) in Mapua.
HEAD IN THE SAND: Cody Forward puts new meaning into relaxing on the beach.
NICE CATCH: Blake’s first summer snapper.
COOLING OFF: John Fitchett captures his granddaughter, Lea Thurston, in the shallows at Ligar Bay.
ON THE BALL: It’s a race for who gets the ball – Jemma the dog or the tame eel!
WET WARS: Here’s a classic Christmas Day shot – the season of water fights. Emma Hughson is squirted by her uncle, Chris Ratcliffe.
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