Flotilla of vessels from Kerikeri High School in raft race around historic Stone Store Basin
The My Little Ponies crew, from left, Ariella Ripohau, 12, Amalia Ruffiner, 13, Gisele Wells, 12, Siena Ripohau, 7, Zoe Kusanic, 13, and Alice Calnan, 13. Photo / Peter de Graaf
In a tradition which now spans 45 years, on Monday Year 7 and 8 students at Kerikeri High School competed in a raft race around the historic Stone Store Basin. This year's flotilla of 25 home-built vessels were, as usual, a mixture of the functional and the decorative, though in contrast to other years – and despite extra challenges such as a king tide and a strong current – all made it to the finish line afloat and intact. As always, the new teachers entered a raft, starter's orders were issued by former deputy principal Neil Sorenson, and volunteers of Kerikeri Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance helped ensure a successful race. Photos by Peter de Graaf.