Bone-breaking bravado pulls a crowd

More than 2500 people went to the rodeo in Whangarei over the weekend to see some of the country’s top cowboys in action. The Mid Northern Rodeo has been going since 1965 and Mid Northern Rodeo Association secretary Dianna Bradshaw said all the rodeo’s traditional events including saddle bronc, barrel racing and the bull ride were well contested. Northern Advocate photographer Michael Cunningham went along to capture the action.