100 Days Project

wilma: God lives here on the Eastern Bay of Plenty

We call it The Place where God lives, of course it is'nt, It's simply where the Motu River flows down from high in the mountains, through the gorges and into a small area of the Bay of Plenty.

,ve come to the conclusion--- that if God were to chose one single place to live it would be here. Over my 100 days I'm going to take you, with my trusty little pink camera and show you our beautiful piece of New Zealand.

Day 27:

the fishing contest

This sign stands at the corner of the main road and the road that leads down to the beach. It signals the annual fishing contest along the beach. It is held to rais money for the local school and there is no doubt that the amazing prizes sponsered by town tradesman have a lot to do with the huge numbers of people that turn up about 8 am on the day.
Once they all get going it is frantic. Beside the anglers getting it their spot there are the family supporters bustling up and down on anything that has wheels. At noon there abouts the Hungi is opened and dishes are delivered along to those who have ordered and paid meat, potato. kumera cabbage etc.
The contest closes about 2 pm and there in front of the Marae the weighing takes place, Best scnapper, kawhai, other usually for the adults then the kids. This is followed by what is known as battens up, buying a small numbered stick which you hope will be the one picked out, or the raffles for food parcels. This day swells the coffers for the local school.. .