Photographer's Note

Hi all. This is a shot taken at the Whakatane River mouth and shows a White baiter checking his net after a scoop for the delicacies.
Whitebait are a tiny transparent fish that migrate up most New Zealand rivers to spawn. They come up the rivers in their thousand and are fished for with nets like the scoop net shown. On their way up the rivers they not only have to avoid these nets but larger fish and birds prey on them also.

In the BG the famous “Lady on the rock” statue can be seen.
The legend behind the statue is as follows;
This story springs from the 12th Century Great Migration. The women of the Mataatua Waka, left to themselves when the men went ashore for the first time, found a waka (canoe) drifting out to sea again.
The paddles were tapu to women, but a high-spirited teenager, Wairaka, who was the daughter of Chief Toroa, boldly seized one of the paddles and paddled the waka back to shore. As she did this, she shouted, "Kia Whakatane au i ahau", and her actions saved the women but also coined the name of the town.
A bronze statue of Wairaka stands on a rock at the Whakatane Heads to commemorate this act.

WS1 shows the “Lady on the rock” in better light.
WS2 shows more white baiters.

Enjoy, Paul.

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Additional Photos by Paul Bakker (bakes888) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3716 W: 54 N: 4882] (18499)
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