Waitangi Day spectacle.......! by Roy  Massicks

Waitangi Day spectacle.......! by 


This Waka ( canoe ) was part of the opening ceremony at this years Waitangi Day, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. This was on 6th February 2013 and it commemorates the signing of the Treaty between most of the Maori tribes and Queen Victoria in 1840. These Waka have spectacular carvings from stem to stern – some of the bigger Waka’s have fifty paddlers or more.

Panasonic LUMIX GH2 at 300mm, 100×300 lens, 1/800, f/8, iso 160, manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 2 years ago

    A great bit of action here and I love the way you have caught the water from their oars, or paddles, or whatever they are called. Plus they all look to be working pretty hard and you have managed to catch that as well. Nice work Roy.

  • Thank you for those kind words Peter – much appreciated. It’s quite an honour to be included as a paddler.

    – Roy Massicks

  • See my reply to David below.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Super picture, Roy. That’s one big canoe!

  • Many thanks David – they have an even bigger one than this – takes one hundred paddlers. Picture this:
    The scene, 1790 on a misty morning – while your vessel is anchored in a quiet bay you suddenly hear the sound of Ooom, Ooom, Ooom – echoing through the mist and a giant Waka appears through the swirling mist manned by 100 warriors – the hairs on the back of your neck stand up ! The Waka stops a short distance away and a single voice calls out ’ Good-ay Mate, the Chief want’s to know if you would like to come for dinner on Saturday night ’ – you reply ’ That would be great’ forgetting that you are likely to be the main course……..lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Yukondick
    Yukondickabout 2 years ago

    Wow. We missed this when we were in New Zealand as we were in the South Island by the beginning of February. We did enjoy the time we spent at Waitanga and did see the Wake in the enclosure there. Much better to see it under way in the Bay

  • Thank you Dick – what a shame you missed it, it’s quite a sight to see ! ( see my reply to David, above )

    – Roy Massicks

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

    What a wonderful capture dear Roy.x

  • Many thanks Catherine – so pleased you like it ! See what I replied to David, above )

    – Roy Massicks

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago

    I LOVE IT WORK !!!

  • Thank you so much Guendalyn – I do appreciate your kind comment and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 2 years ago

    great capture .. looks hard work to me .. :)

  • Thank you Angel – it is hard work but with many paddlers it is an awesome sight ! ( see my reply to David, above )

    – Roy Massicks

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Roy..good action here..great composition
    so paddle on all the way to the MED :-)

  • Many thanks John – in the direction they were heading, next stop would be South America ! ( see my reply above, to David )

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 2 years ago

    Great capture Roy … it sounds like quite an colourful event .. I’d love to be there :)

  • Thank you Susie – start saving, it’s the 6th of Feb each year. Always a spare bed here.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellabout 2 years ago

    Nice capture, were you in a boat too?

  • You must be joking Mary – I am British and this is a Maori tradition and unless it has motors it’s too much hard work for me. They do make a spectacular sight, especially when the large Waka ( canoe ) is used with 100 paddlers !

    – Roy Massicks

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