Whanau fun and sporting challenges at Horeke

An estimated 500 people took part in Horeke Regatta on Saturday, an annual day of whanau fun and sporting challenges beside the Hokianga Harbour. Ii was the biggest turnout in many years with numbers boosted by fine weather and the opening of the Okaihau-Horeke leg of the Twin Coast Cycle trail earlier in the day. Attractions included dinghy relays, a sailing race from Rawene to Horeke, a slippery pole, axe throwing, nail driving, lots of kai (with the kina pockets especially popular), doing bombs off the wharf, and a grueling Iron Man and Woman challenge involving a swim, a run to the top of a nearby mountain, and a tyre drag. Photos by Peter de Graaf.