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Raft of ingenuity at Whangaroa
Northland Age, Kaitaia  24 Mar 2020
General News - Page 12 - 326 words - ID 1251604942 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 678.00cm2

Corrugated iron, plastic drums, bamboo, an old bicycle, bedsheets and duck decoys - all that and much more was put to use by kids constructing vessels for last Saturday's Great Kiwi Can Whangaroa Raft Race.

Nine rafts competed in the schools division and eight in the open as the vessels raced from Clansman's Wharf to Whangaroa Marina in fine conditions with no sign of the forecast rain. This year's standout raft, and possibly the fastest ever seen on Whangaroa Harbour, reached the finish line before the rest of the fleet had rounded the first corner.

Kaeo Tu Tubz was paddled by kids of Kaeo Primary School and built by Ron Martin using roofing iron bent into the shape of a double-hulled waka. The event is organised annually by the Kiwi Can educational trust.

The race was held before a ban on large gatherings was announced.

School division results: 1 Kaeo Tu Tubz, Kaeo School; 2 Tiny Totaras, Totara North School; 3 Turbo Turtles, Te Kura o Hato Hohepa; 4 Te Waka o Whakarara, Matauri Bay School. Most creative: The Mad Duckers, Kaingaroa School. Best flag: Oruaiti School.

Open division: 1 Martin Family; 2 Kaeo Fire; 3 Moana NZ Team 2. Most Creative: Eddie Would Row (Mitchell family). Best team spirit: Trough it Out.

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Totara North School's Tiny Totaras power to second place.
An Oruaiti School raft clinches last place honours.
Te Kura o Hato Hohepa's Turbo Turtles on their way to a third-place finish.
Eight-year-old Lily Apiata, of Totara North, reacts after her Tiny Totaras team finishes second.
Kaeo School's corrugated iron Tu Tubz raft leaves the rest of the fleet far behind.
Kaingaroa School took out the most creative raft tile for their Asterix/duck huntingthemed creation called the Mad Duckers. From left, Caleb Field, 9, Rusty Patterson, 9, Ben Wigley, 10, and Jess Michalick, 10, with Bryce Wigley at rear.
The Mad Duckers from Kaingaroa School were deserving winners of the most creative raft title. PICTURES / PETER DE GRAAF

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