Once a year at the start of Waitangi Day (6th Feb) to commemorate the signing of the treaty between Maori Chiefs and the British (Queen Victoria) in 1840. The start of the day always features the waka’s approaching and landing on the beach at Waitangi with the crews performing a mass ’ haka.’
It is always a stirring sight to see more than a dozen waka’s with their crews chanting and paddling towards the beach. The largest waka has one hundred paddlers. Each waka is heavily and beautifully carved with its own Iwi’s (tribe) symbols.
Photograph was taken Waitangi Day 2010 Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
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Fuji S6500 at 35mm, 1/320, f/4, iso 100.