Monday, April 17, 2017

Waitangi Day, Feb 2016   Pahia, New Zealand

Canoes, tattoos and hakas galore.    Waitangi day in New Zealand celebrates a treaty made between the indigenous people of New Zealand and the colonizing forces.    Sometimes the festivities incite tribal violence but we saw none of that at the celebrations in Pahia at the treaty grounds.    We lucked out with a beautiful day, wonderful music, Naval bands, and good food and a cultural feast for the eyes.    Jim, as usual, wandered away and chatted with some of the tribe members getting ready for their haka and made new friends and came with with a tribal name.

The canoes arrive!

And a Haka ensued.

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