Ko au te awa. Ko te awa ko au
The river flows from the mountain to the sea, I am the river, the river is me.
The river gives to you and you give to the river by keeping it healthy.
The Whanganui River is the 3rd longest river in New Zealand, running from Mount Tongariro to the sea and is sacred to the regions Māori people.
Due to it’s importance the awa ‘river’ was granted its own legal identity in 2017, giving it the rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person.
Manu Bennett explains in a Radio New Zealand interview that this agreement makes it recognisable to those people that weren’t brought up with the river.
European settlers called it Petre (after Lord Petre an officer of the New Zealand Company) however the name reverted back to the rightful original name.
Every bend and rapid has a kaitiaki ‘guardian’, who maintains the mauri ‘life force’ of the awa ‘river’.
These waters are navigated by the historical restored Waimārie Paddle Steamer offering guests a leisurely river cruise. She is New Zealand’s last steam-powered and coal-fired passenger paddle steamer. Wai – water Mārie – fortunate, peaceful, quiet
Named one of the country’s top 10 swimming holes by the AA’s Directions magazine in 2015, Mosquito Point welcomes river travellers keen for a quick a thrill. Also accessible by road the mōrere ‘swing’ is a popular place for picnicking and swimming, even though Māori legend tells of a taniwha in the waters, which is a warning to swimmers of the dangerous rapids that can form at the river bend.
All About the Event
The Tairua Pipemasters was an awesome event, that returned in 2015, to raise funds for Brad Smeele’s recovery. Brad Smeele is an internationally recognised professional wakeboarder, who at 27, unfortunately had a very serious accident, while attempting a trick, in Florida. The accident resulted in Brad shattering his C4 vertebrae, becoming a quadriplegic.
He is am amazing guy, and the support of his fans, friends and family and his determination has seen him progress. He is truly inspirational and his progress is worth following. He decided he is not going to cut his hair until he walks again! Go Brad!
Brad Smeeles Recovery Facebook Page
The children at Tairua School were fortunate enough to have Brad guest speak at their assembly.
The Brad Smeele Foundation raises funds for his recovery. There are some pretty cool tee shirts and singlets available. 100% of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to the Brad Smeele Foundation to ensure he receives the best possible treatment and care.
Tairua is host to the Wet n Wild event that runs over a summer weekend. It is an action packed couple of days with plenty to see and do! Tairua is a perfect location for such events as it has a great surf beach for those ocean flips and sprays, and a harbour which on full tide, hosts the jet ski races. These include circuit races, a slalom track and a public novice track for anyone keen to give it a go!
-unfortunately Tairua Wet n Wild is not running in 2016
There is even flyboard demonstrations!
The weekend is action packed with a good ol Kiwi water slide, and those brave enough can jump off the bridge scaffolding and onto the giant inflatable blobby! Fun for the spectators! I was continually laughing at the children being flung into the air, and the water sliders water entry attempts ; ) An awesome weekend!
NZ Jetski on Facebook
NZ Jetski WetnWild
This post includes photos from last years event.
For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions pop in and see the volunteers at
Tairua Information Centre
at 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580
Find them on Facebook too!
If you know me, then you know I find it hard to spend money on myself. When you have four kids and a mortgage there’s always something else higher on the List.
Well I splashed out, once ; ) on an underwater camera, and I love it! I justified my purchase in that I brought it second hand off Trade Me, but its awesome! We have a lot of fun with it as our kids are often in the water, be it boggie boarding in the ocean, jumping off the bridge, or hanging at the school pool. What I love the most about it, is how it gets other kids, not only into the water, but putting their faces under the water, all for a photo! Perfect for our Primary School aged kids.
I did my research online first before purchasing, choosing a Nikon Coolpix.
Its waterproof up to 18ft, is shockproof, can take videos and has a decent zoom, and come in this awesome camo print ; )
Well even though they were just “small little off shorers”, they gave my husband a couple of hours of fun, and me a washing machine knock about, while trying to capture their dynamics. I had a change of fins from my ‘Out the Back’ experience and into the white wash.
Hopefully next time there will be some tidy barrels ; )
I have a feeling tomorrow I’m gonna be sore, I’m not exactly swim fit!
Oh here’s a couple of the hubby