Kawhia is home to two sacred trees. Legend has it the first waka carrying Tainui people from Hawaiiki was tied to one of them 800 years ago, and a Maori princess bedded down in a cave beneath the other. But local iwi disagree on which honour belongs to which tree.

My husband noticed me working on this shot and said excitedly ’That’s the pohutukawa the first waka came to". Nice, now it’s a bit more than just another landscape shot to me :)

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  • rodriguez
    rodriguezalmost 7 years ago

    whate a waka

  • Alex Marks
    Alex Marksalmost 7 years ago

    great colour !!

  • rodriguez
    rodriguezalmost 7 years ago

    i meant whats a waka

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...almost 7 years ago

    Hi Rodriquez and Skmphoto, thanks for your comments. A waka is a large canoe :)

  • rodriguez
    rodriguezalmost 7 years ago


  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsalmost 7 years ago

    fantastic shot! love the lighting and colours…

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsalmost 7 years ago

    this is breathtaking. WOW what a gorgeous shot

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks Nicole and Jeff :) Rodriquez, you crack me up!

  • helene
    helenealmost 7 years ago

    Great colours!

  • Naomi Frost
    Naomi Frostalmost 7 years ago

    Stunning…. and captivating.

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