Hole lot of Waverley beach memories come in a jar

Last updated 05:00 27/08/2012
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Hot rocks: Waverley Chamber of Commerce member Margaret Prince with the souvenir soil and rock from Waverley Beach's iconic hole in rock.

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Waverley residents can now bottle their memories of Cave Beach as the rock and soil from the collapsed cliff is being made available to collectors.

On June 22 the middle bridging section of the Hole in the Rock at the southern end of Waverley Beach collapsed.

Coastal erosion ended what was a great fishing spot, diving platform and popular spot for photographers and painters.

Waverley Chamber of Commerce has collected some of the soil and rock and is collecting donations to fund community activities.

"It's a little jar of memories. You're getting a whole lot of hole," Margaret Prince said.

The jar comes with a picture of the hole on Cave Beach, with the epitaph "Gone but not forgotten 22.6.12".

Mrs Prince said she got the idea from when souvenir jars of oil were issued at the start of the Kapuni gas project more than 50 years ago. The Waverley jars are available from several businesses in the township.

"One lady lived in Waverley as a child and was sent a bottle in the Hawke's Bay," she said.

The Waverley library is offering photo postcards of the hole in the rock, including before and after shots.

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