Maori carving at Waitangi. by Roy  Massicks

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.


  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Superb shot here Roy…Enjoyed the write up too..

  • Cheers Jason – it fascinates every visitor we take there.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajabout 4 years ago

    Great image Roy and interesting reading.

  • Many thanks Myra – pleased you enjoyed the write-up.

    – Roy Massicks

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago

    strikeing images.. beautifully taken.

  • Thank you LisaBeth – the light was in just the right place.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Deborah.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsabout 4 years ago

    Top catch Roy!, Nice image!, Trev

  • Thank you trev – many cruise ships come into the Bay of Islands and they are taken to see these carvings etc. hence the high-angled shot as it was so crowded and it is an archway.

    – Roy Massicks

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Roy, interesting write up

  • Thank you Alex – nice to have something different to show away from sunsets etc.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 4 years ago

    What an amzing archway, teh colours and carvings are amazing! Very informative text too!

  • Thanks Shaun – they have carving schools for the Maori boys to learn their art and history. Each carving tells a story just don’t ask what…lol! Pleased you liked the text.

    – Roy Massicks

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