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s/v Code Blue – Waitangi Days & Cushions February 11, 2015

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2015.
Waka Canoe

Waka Canoe

Code Blue Folks, 2-11-15

Waitangi Days at Waitangi treaty grounds. Feb 6 was Waitangi Day, when they celebrate the treaty between the British crown representatives and the Maori tribes with over 530 to 540 chiefs which was first signed in 1840 Feb 6th. Once a year they take some of these waka paddle canoes out to show off and actually use. We took the van with six of us up near Pahia, NZ for the celebrations. Normally there is a $15 charge per person to tour the grounds for a day. The Treaty established a British Governor of New Zealand, recognized Māori ownership of their lands and other properties, and gave the Māori the rights of British subjects. The date of the signing has been a national holiday, now called Waitangi Day, since 1974. One of the waka had about 50 canoeists in it, many of which were not lightweights.

Here’s a picture of Judy working on the cushions in the boat that we’ll use in the van. Things were kind of tight in the boat while working on these, and the curtains for almost a week.


– s / j –



1. Marie & Greg - February 11, 2015

Definitely not lightweights! Must be really solid canoes. Sorry that “Cinderella” had to stay home and get the sewing done!

2. Ron Collins - February 12, 2015

2/11 Hey Captain Dauzy/Judy, looks you two are really having fun. Makes us envious. I can`t wait until I retire and join you two.

3. pam driscoll - February 21, 2015

Judy has quite a big project there! It’s nice that she has the talent. The ceremony looked like a fun cultural experience!

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