Every dog has its day at Opua regatta

More than 500 people crowded Opua's foreshore on Sunday for a day of boat races, swimming competitions, music and kai - but it was the famous dog swimming races that people really came to see. The highlight of the annual Opua Regatta and Gala, the canine races are held between a barge and the beach in small, medium and large dog divisions. The most hotly contested event was the dog and owner race to a buoy and back, won by Vadasz, a Hungarian vizsla, and his human, Ty White of Paihia. The turnout of both dogs and humans was well up on last year, helped by fine weather. The regatta is a fundraiser for extra-curricular activities at Opua Primary School. Photos by Peter de Graaf.