Young and old from near and far gathered on the banks of the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia over the weekend to take in the 120-year celebrations of the Turangawaewae Regatta

One of the oldest traditional paddling regattas  in New Zealand, the annual event again attracted thousands of spectators.

Teams from 50 local primary schools kicked off the celebrations on Friday, competing for waka kopapa honours, followed by the secondary school kopapa and waka ama races on Saturday.

And the action was not just on the water, with the banks of the river buzzing with kapa haka, band performances and a feature  wood chopping challenge.

Christel Yardley

Waikato Times


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