Matariki 2015 - it was not to be!
Manu Aute Kite Day at Orakei Marae, Bastion Point, Auckland.
Friday preceding the Manu Aute Kite Day the weather was fine, winds
strong and awesome new banners were flying in preparation for the main
On the morning of the kite day it was very wet and winds were strong and
gusty. For some reason the organisers decided to proceed with the days
events. As we were under no obligation to fly our kites, we arranged to
have lunch with Ray's brother and then get a cultural injection at the Art
We started the days visits by going to the Savage Memorial carpark at
10am to "view the kites". We arrived in time to see wet fliers packing
away some very wet kites. The Manu Aute Kite Day had finally been
cancelled. It was too wet to take photos.
While we were having lunch the rain disappeared and the wind eased slightly.
During our visit to the Art Gallery, invited fliers Craig, Simon and Lyndal from
Peter Lynn Kites returned to the field to dry their kites for a couple of hours.
Thanks to Craig for the above photo taken in the afternoon.
At about 4pm we called in at the Orakei Marae to see if any fliers were still on
the flying field. The weather was again deteriorating rapidly and only Perrin
Melchior and Evan More were still there. We recorded our fleeting visit by
briefly flying a poppy kite.
On the Sunday we visited the
Auckland War Memorial Museum
and photographed this replica Manu
Aute kite as a reminder of what
Saturday was meant to be about.