The Tuurangawaewae Royal Regatta took place on Saturday 22 March in perfect weather. The day began with a poowhiri to welcome the distinguished guests of Kiingi Tuheitia on to his Marae. VIPs included the High Commissioner from South Africa HE Ms Ntombizodwa “Zodwa” Lallie, the High Commissioner from Canada HE Ms Caroline Chretien, Hemana Manuera (Ngaati Awa), Rikirangi Gage (Whaanau-aa-Apanui), Kahui Ariki representative Tukoroirangi Morgan and rowing legend Rob Waddell and his whaanau. Te Atiawa were also guests along with their waka. Pio Terei dropped by for a chat with our King as part of a new television series he is starring in, and joined in the fun had by all who attended this fantastic event.