I grew up just north of Wellington looking at this view everyday. Our elevation was greater so we could see out over the Golden Gate peninsula to the Tasman Sea as well as a greater sweep of Pauatahanui Inlet but the same bay was always there. There’s something soul refreshing about watching the sea (just like watching forests). The light and water colour change, the wind and tide shape the dynamics of the water and there’s always a sea-smell in the air. Sometimes I could spend hours in front of the windows or on the balcony with a book and a drink just looking at the sea. When I left it to go to university in Christchurch the sea was one of the things I really missed. One day I’d like to have a view like this – with hills for the light to play on, green forests to absorb and the sea always present.