Gathering of the Waka's! (canoes) by Roy  Massicks

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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.


  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Super picture, Roy! It puts me in mind of The Flying Fish Trilogy of books I have on the Maori Wars, written by Errol Brathwaite. I first read them back in grammar school, then a few years ago searched for them through Abe Books and found two in Australia and the third in New Zealand. If you haven’t read them, they are a really terrific read.

  • Many thanks David. I have seen the books you mentioned but never, ever read one. Must look out for them. By the way, I would like that info on selective colouring sometime thanks.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Roy, such lovely details and they all look great in their attire.

  • Thank you Andrea – their traditional attire, you mean flax cloaks and black rugby shorts …lol! They do look good en masse.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 3 years ago

    Your excellent Island-related work has been FEATURED in Islands of the World
    16 Mar 2011

  • Many thanks Dayonda – with your boo-boos I though at first I had four features all in one…lol!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Sue.

    – Roy Massicks

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardover 3 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • Thank you Sharon – one morning when I was skipper of the Auckland Pilot boat and coming back round this headland with a heavy mist we had been warned by the signal station that there was a waka out on a training run. Even so, when it loomed out of the mist and with the crew chanting it raised the hairs on the back of your neck.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Roy! I would love to see that for real!

  • Thanks Colin – have saved you a place, right at the front of a waka at next years Waitangi Day. If you are lucky, you might even get an invite to dinner – I think it might be puha and! You’ll have to look that up on ‘google.’

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    superb shot roy bet its brilliant to be amongst it!cheers mike

  • Yes it is Mike – the atmosphere is amazing.

    Thank you for your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 3 years ago

    Superb subject and capture Roy!

  • Thanks Trevor – it is some sight !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Ahhh. I might give it a miss then. Unless I can lose some weight and learn to run faster I could be the main course!

  • Cluck….cluck…chicken…lol!

    – Roy Massicks

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