Rafts and laughs

The Northland Age - - Local News -

In a tra­di­tion which now spans 45 years, on Mon­day Year 7 and 8 stu­dents at Kerik­eri High School com­peted in a raft race around the his­toric Stone Store Basin.

This year’s flotilla of 25 home-built ves­sels were, as usual, a mix­ture of the func­tional and the dec­o­ra­tive, though in con­trast to other years — and de­spite ex­tra chal­lenges such as a king tide and a strong cur­rent — all made it to the fin­ish line afloat and in­tact. As al­ways, the new teach­ers en­tered a raft, starter’s or­ders were is­sued by for­mer deputy prin­ci­pal Neil Soren­son, and vol­un­teers of Kerik­eri Fire Bri­gade and St John Am­bu­lance helped en­sure a suc­cess­ful race.

Pho­tos by Peter de Graaf.

The 45th Kerik­eri High School raft race gets un­der­way with the his­toric back­drop of the Stone Store.

Ready to race are the Tree-O pad­dlers, from left, Joe How­ells, 12, Cameron Wil­lis, 13, and Jade Sceats, 12.

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