Whangaroa raft race

Even a downpour just as racing started wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of kids competing in the Great Whangaroa Kiwi Can Raft Race on Saturday. The annual event sees school and community teams build rafts using inner tubes, bamboo, plastic drums and the odd bathtub, then race them from the Clansman’s Wharf to Whangaroa Marina. Just in case anyone wasn’t already soaked Coastguard Hokianga brought out a firehose and gave the competitors an extra dousing. Eight rafts from six schools took part this year; another five teams — representing the local health trust, whanau and Matauri Bay School staff — competed in the community division.Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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