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Te Matau a Pohe Distant Chant

Te Matau a Pohe- Whangarei's new bridge.

A Bascule Bridge can be defined as one that has a moveable section with a counterweight that balances the "leaf" while that is being moved from its closed position to allow the passage of boats.

The challenge, or Karanga is all part of an elaborate ceremony of welcome- I would love it if someone reading this would put thier own definition in terms of what happened at the bridge that morning.

Copyright: Asset Imaging Photography
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13168x6584
Taken: 03/08/2013
Uploaded: 05/08/2013
Updated: 14/03/2018


Tags: bridge; opening; waka; chant; bascule; opening day
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Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand but anything to the North can be considered "Northland". Preferred destination for tourists and workers alike when surf, sand, diving and fishing is involved. It has a solid rural base of Dary, Beef and Sheep as well as horticulture and wineyards. Whangarei is the regional city on the way up to Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of the island.