This is the archway into the lower marae at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands New Zealand.
There is another marae at Waitangi inside the treaty grounds.
The marae is the focal point of Maori tribal life. It is the forecourt of the meeting house. Once a year on Waitangi Day 6th February it is the gathering place for both Maori & Pakeha (European descent) to meet along with politicians from all parties. Quite often sparks fly as opinions sometimes differ.
The flag flying above the carvings is the United Tribes flag of 1834. It was also a flag I served under when it was the house flag of the Shaw Savill and Albion shipping company.
Fuji HS10, 1/1000, f/3.2.