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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Kaitaia - Small Town NZ

Our band played in Kaitaia this weekend and were accommodated at the Kaitaia Motor Lodge - a nice clean place to stay with friendly moteliers.
Kaitaia is nearly at the top of New Zealand and has a personality of it's own. The people are predominantly Maori, with some Dalmation descent in there from the gum digging days of the early 1900's. The locals are really friendly, and they have a distinctly Far North accent.

Kaitaia township
Saturday was market day - and what better place to capture some of the character(s) of the North.

Check out the leg tattoos


Kaitaia market characters

Proud new owner of bike and life jacket


Greg - aka "Ibrahim"

I love the quirky things you see in small towns...how about this mosaic fronted house..



On the way home we stopped in Mangonui to buy some smoked fish and I had to take this photo for my daughter who just loves crayfish. She won't be getting any from here - this is expensive by New Zealand standards.





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