Te Kotuiti II - waka........... by Roy  Massicks

Te Kotuiti II - waka........... by 


This waka ( Maori canoe ) has been travelling the waterways of Auckland, New Zealand since 1989. The name Te Kotuiti is the name of the original famous war canoe belonging to the Ngati Paoa tribe. It is fifty seven feet in length and capable of transporting up to seventy warriors.

A huge kauri tree was selected and blessed, the log was felled and hollowed then immersed in a nearby swamp so it’s wooden grain would season, endowing it with the ability to withstand hot sun and salt water.

Photograph taken during Rugby World Cup celebrations at the Wynyard Quarter on the waterfront at Auckland.

Fuji HS10 at 45mm, 1/320, f/8, iso200, mode manual.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Wondeful work! A true Gem!

  • Thanks heaps Deborah and you can’t fool me with that new avatar picture – I knew it was you….lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Stacey Lazarus
    Stacey Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Thanks Roy but I am not Deborah, I did the features tonight!

  • Ah well, never mind – keeping it in the family ! Nice to meet you, Roy.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Kim Hansen
    Kim Hansenover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Roy!

  • Many thanks Kim – we spent a great day at the Auckland waterfront that day.

    – Roy Massicks

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    This is quite spectacular, & no argument from me. Great angle, great subject, &, dare I say it, Great Photographer!

  • Blush, blush ! Thank you kindly Sheila.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Sheila, thank you also for the favourite – much appreciated.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    What a lovely picture, Roy! Beautiful colour!

  • Many thanks David – it is quite a sight to see !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenover 3 years ago

    Nicely done Roy.I love the pov here

  • Cheers Jamie – thank you ! I can remember many years ago setting out on the Pilot boat one misty morning at first light and this waka came out of the mist. It made the hairs on my neck stand up….
    I thought the Gods had come to collect me…….lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    great work!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Charmiene for your kind comment and the favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture and great reading. RB is extremely educational…I had never heard of a waka.

  • Thank you Myra – appreciate your comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    Nice job Roy- Lots of interest, color and detail!! : ) xx

  • Thank you kindly Stephanie – we had a wonderful day with the camera walking around Auckland’s rejuvenated waterfront, all done for the Rugby World Cup which is on now. It’s a bit differtent from the days when I worked down here !

    – Roy Massicks

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