Sorry, guys! If you have sexual needs Coopers Beach is no more the place for you to go. The doctor has closed down his brothel-turned surgery in November 2006 because you did not visit frequently, and the locals did not dare to enjoy the pleasures of Northland's northernmost temple of joys. As you can surely imagine you think twice to go to a brothel if everybody knows everybody, as is the case in such small places like Coopers Beach, just some kilometres north of Mangonui.
Coopers Beach itself has - as you can well deduct from the name - a beautiful beach. White sand, and around Christmas time it is bordered by huge flowering pohutukawa, wrapping a red ribbon of flowers along the shoreline. You can make long beach walks in both directions, to Mangonui in the south, and further up north.
But back to the doctor. He is a Canadian, and after arguments with the district health board about the reimbursement of after-hours he closed down his surgery. He became NZ-famous when he announced he would turn his surgery into a brothel, TV crews and newspaper reporters were regulars, he even struck a deal with two Canadian TV producers for the case his story would be told in a movie (which to this day is not the case, good grief!). Officially he found his idea great. Inofficially I think he just tried to get a cheap revenge on the unsupportive district council. But - officially again ;-) - I must say that I admire with how much passion he made his idea reality.
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Part 2 of the story: Do not get sick - the doctor has left LOL
Unfortunately he did not succeed in hiring a manager, so his wife had to hire the staff. But either those ladies fled the scene shortly after arrival, or they did not show up at all. And sure, local ladies did not dare to get involved in such an adventure, for the same reason as the discouraged wannabe clients. So the doctor's wife even had to fly to Australia in her hiring quest. But finally she thought a brothel would not be the ideal place to raise three teenage daughters. And I want to add that probably you would not expect to end up as a brothel keeper if you once have married a general practitioner...
Anyway, as the business did not flourish as everybody had expected but the doctor, the brothel was closed down half a year after the TV transmitted glamourous opening. Shortly afterwards the place was up for sale - "at your pleasure", as the real estate agent advertised. He suggested the house would serve a lot of purposes, like a guesthouse - he just did not mention the possible use as a brothel. And sure, he did not mention the mirrors on the ceilings...
The doctor in the meantime put four properties on the market to start a new life, so at least we know that he did not get empoverished from his self-prescribed brothel challenge. He moved to Kerikeri where he considered to invest in an orchard. From my observations I can say that this would be a very sensible move as people are not afraid to get in touch with such kind of fruit. Not even in such remote regions.
Another fine beach on Doubtless Bay. Again though the weather was not kind to us. It was wet and windy and blowing a gale.
It must be nice in the summer I imagine.