Pawarenga, North Hokianga  [December 31, 2010]
The people of Pawarenga, an isolated settlement on Northland's west coast, finish every year with a day of sporting contests on the sand and mudflats beside the Whangape Harbour. They compete in wood-chopping contests, tugs-of-war and running races - but it's the horse races people really come to see. Here William McCarthy, of Motukiore, competes in the stockman's whip event, where the object is to use a whip to knock bottles off a series of posts.