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A small waka being launched at Waitangi Day 2010.
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Great capture, we went to a Moari regatta in NGARUAWAHIA when I was over there, we had a great time, I have a school friend living in Hamilton,
Hi Ann, Ngaruawahia is one of the Maori centres – do you rememberthe Maori cemetary up on the hill overlooking the main highway ?The tidiest, neatest place in NZ is a Maori graveyard.
– Roy Massicks
Bobby, Thanks for the comment. The Maori costumes are terrific, each tribe has their own markings and dress. The facial tattoos are very symbolic and each one tells it’s owners story.
A terrific capture
Many thanks Kala – this occurs every year on 6th February which is New Zealand’s Waitangi Day to commemorate the signing of a treaty between the Maori people and Queen Victoria.
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Thank you so much Maree – this is one I found lurking at the back of my files.
A wonderful capture…And I love the angle…….?
Thank you Larry – it was nearly the angle of the dangle…..! They used to run trips from Paihia Beach out to that little Island just offshore but that seems to have stopped.
Now that would have been a great trip to do on our visit…I would also like to get some more images of the Maori people on this trip, as I don’t have that many...I once asked a Maori why there wasn’t as many on the south island ?, and he said.. Too Bloody Cold Aee…
lol! Good one :0
Many thanks Sonia. They seem to be better dressed than they were then ! The launching of the Waka’s takes place every 6th Feb on Waitangi Day. This occurs just down the road from us.
That could be very ugly!! ;) Very cool capture
Could be Sonia ! Enough to make you run anyway…….lol !