A day at the races, Northland style

An estimated 2000 people descended on the tiny settlement of Pawarenga, North Hokianga, on Saturday to see out 2016 with a day of fundraising, sporting challenges and whanaungatanga. Highlights of the United Marae Sports Day included beach horse sprints, a gruelling cross-country horse race, Iron Man and Woman, tug ‘o war, woodchopping and catching up with old friends. Photos by Peter de Graaf.