Raft race brings big fun

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Whangaroa, all of the beaches on that coastal drive are just spec­tac­u­lar, so beau­ti­ful.

Sup­port small busi­ness more and cre­ate fund­ing so we could grow the re­gion’s pros­per­ity.

Go to the beach. Schools, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and clubs in the Far North will bat­tle it out in the Whangaroa Har­bour on March 18.

The Great Whangaroa Kiwi Can Raft Race is or­gan­ised by the Whangaroa Kiwi Can Char­i­ta­ble Trust, which runs the Kiwi Can pro­gramme in the Far North re­gion.

Spokesper­son Tracy Rouse says that the event is all about bring­ing our wider com­mu­nity to­gether in a fun out­door event and to re­in­force the val­ues taught in Kiwi Can.

‘‘So far, Kaeo School, To­tara North School, Matauri Bay School, Man­gonui School, Kain­garoa School and the Bay of Is­lands In­ter­na­tional Acad­emy are com­mit­ted to the chal­lenge and we look for­ward to hear­ing from other schools in the re­gion that would like to en­ter,’’ she says.

The day will con­sist of a school di­vi­sion and an open di­vi­sion.

Prizes will be awarded in each di­vi­sion for first, sec­ond and third rafts across the line, best team spirit and most cre­ative raft. En­try for schools is free, open di­vi­sion en­tries cost $30 with reg­is­tra­tions clos­ing March 10.

The rub­ber ducky race is an op­tion for the young and young at heart. There are prizes for first, sec­ond and third duck across the line. Rac­ing starts from 10am in the Whangaroa har­bour next to the Whangaroa Sport Fish­ing Club.

Phone Tracy Rouse on 021 213 9470.

‘‘ It seems so ridicu­lous in New Zealand to not have clean drink­ing wa­ter.’’

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