The story of Wairaka is from the 12th century. She saw a waka drifting out to sea shortly after her family landed from Polynesia during the Great Migration. Although women were not supposed to handle waka, she shouted “Kia whakatane au I ahau” (“I will be bold and act as a man”) and paddled it back to shore. And that is how Whakatane got its name.
Xmas back in the hometown (Dec)
Summer break in the Coromandel (Jan)
Tongariro Crossing (Jan)
Family wedding in Northland (Mar)
Poland & Germany??? (next Sep/Oct?)
I'm Hayley and I live in the beautiful city of Wellington NZ. Outside of my work as an IT programme manager I love to travel and exercise my creativity. This blog is a photo journal of my travel experiences, the big stuff and the small stuff. Thanks for visiting!