It must have been something I ate................! by Roy  Massicks

It must have been something I ate................! by 


This photograph was taken at Waitangi on Waitangi Day in 2011. This occurs on 6th February every year in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to commemorate the signing of the Treaty by Queen Victoria’s representatives and most of the Maori Tribes. These warriors were performing a Haka, having just landed from a mass fleet of Waka’s ( canoes ) to start the proceedings for the day.
Haka – the Maori Haka is a composition of the whole body and can have various meanings such as a challenge, a welcome, exultation or defiance. The Haka done by sporting teams represents a challenge to the opposition.
Most famously, at the beginning of All Black rugby matches against another country.

Fuji – S6500 at 21.6mm, i/250, f/5,6, iso 200, manual.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 2 years ago

    Once I said to a Maori .. How is it that all you guys seem to live in the Nth and not in the Sth…
    and his answer was… To Bloody Cold, Aye…..
    Way to go Bro. I love the title.

  • Why do you think we live up here Larry ……? Thanks for the compliment, appreciate it !

    – Roy Massicks

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Thank you kindly Julie ! A Haka is a highlight for most tourists.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    l ’ve watched these at Rugby matches on tv, they look quite fearsome, nice info Roy, must be amazing to see them in the canoes xx

  • Lynn, if I don’t see the Haka before an international rugby match it’s not the same. A couple of years back the English rugby coach tried to get the Haka banned, saying it gave NZ an advantage so a well known NZ sport newspaper reporter said we were more than willing to let the English do a Morris Dance before the game……ha ha ! Yes, the Waka’s are awesome when there are about twenty of them and the big one has 100 paddlers.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 2 years ago

    Great capture Roy

  • Thank you Gary – appreciate your comment. Do you think his Lancashire Hot Pot might have been off…..Lol ?

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Cool shot Roy – Love it xx

  • Many thanks Gail – they can look rather fearsome when doing the Haka !

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 2 years ago

    Damn, he looks as if he means it! lol

  • They usually do David ! I’m sure you enjoy them before an NZ International Rugby match just as much as we do. ( See my answer to Lynn )

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    LOL Great capture dear Roy.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine – maybe his Devonshire cream was off……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Or……… Something sharp he sat on. Great shot mate.

  • Many thanks Colin for your comments and favourite, You could be right, he could have had a jab in the posteria from one of his mates spears……ha ha !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 2 years ago

    And there was me thinking that your mate had taken this of you when Heather told you that you had to cut the grass and sweep the drive. Oh dear, how wrong can one be. Your story of the Haka brings back many memories of watching matches when Wales, occasionaly beat NZ in Cardiff. Cheers Roy.

  • Thank you Tony – my God, Wales beating NZ, that must have been in the days of black & white TV or when Graham Henry, Steve Hansen or Warren Gatland ( current ) were coaching Wales, all good NZ’s………Lol ! As far as cutting the grass, we ain’t got none – it’s all forest round here and as for sweeping the drive, that’s Heather’s job, I’ve just bought her a new broom – when she’s not sweeping she’s flying the broom around the neighbourhood – Ouch, Heather – she’s just hit me with the broom !

    – Roy Massicks

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