27 Dec 2017

The best regional photos of 2017

Rangi Kipa swings a purerehua (Māori musical instrument) at the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka ahead of the Crown's formal apology for the military invasion of 1881.
From News Extras

Every day, RNZ brings you coverage from around the regions, the Pacific, and around the world.

This year - 2017 - was a big year.

Our team of regional reporters - based in Dunedin, Nelson, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Hawke's Bay and Whangarei, joined teams in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to give you news, features, analysis, photographs and documentaries to tell the stories of Aotearoa.

We can't bring you every photograph from around the regions, but we can show you some of the best.

Here are a few photographic highlights from 2017.

And here's to 2018.

Onlookers at a rescue in Harwood's Hole in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Onlookers at a rescue in Harwood's Hole in the Abel Tasman National Park. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

Summer in Wellington, Cuba Street.

Summer in Cuba Street, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Winston Peters photographed in his office at Bowen House in the lead up to the 2017 election.

Winston Peters photographed in his office at Bowen House in the lead up to the 2017 election. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Pihama farmer Jacques Le Prou.

Pihama farmer Jacques Le Prou. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Shaun Brantsma helps rescue stock in south-east Auckland after flooding in March.

Shaun Brantsma helps rescue stock in south-east Auckland after flooding in March. Photo: RNZ / Sarah Robson

Jaye 'Glam' Martin, who was part of the RNZ Joy Project, a look at happiness around New Zealand.

Jaye 'Glam' Martin, who was part of the RNZ Joy Project, a look at happiness around New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Shepherd Ash Orr mustering in the Kaikoura range.

 Shepherd Ash Orr mustering in the Kaikōura ranges. Photo: RNZ / Alexa Cook

Jacinda Ardern became the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern became the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The many faces of the RNZ Joy Project, a look at happiness.

The many faces of the RNZ Joy Project, a look at happiness. Photo: RNZ

Jenny Worth and Nick Schofield, both from the UK were working for Encounter Kaikoura at the time of the earthquake. At the end of their visas they returned to the UK, arranged new visas and returned to Kaikoura.

Jenny Worth and Nick Schofield, both from the UK, were working for Encounter Kaikōura at the time of the earthquake. At the end of their visas they returned to the UK, arranged new visas and returned to Kaikōura. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The hearse transporting Colin Meads at his funeral in Te Kuiti.

The hearse transporting Colin Meads at his funeral in Te Kuiti. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Rick Denton on Muzzle Station.

Rick Denton on Muzzle Station. Photo: RNZ / Alexa Cook

Rangi Kipa swings a purerehua (Māori musical instrument) at the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka ahead of the Crown's formal apology for the military invasion of 1881.

Rangi Kipa swings a purerehua (Māori musical instrument) at the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka ahead of the Crown's formal apology for the military invasion of 1881. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Shannel Yorke, Judith Yorke's daughter, for the RNZ podcast series The Lost.

Shannel Yorke, Judith Yorke's daughter, for the RNZ podcast series The Lost. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Dame Kate Harcourt turned 90.

Dame Kate Harcourt turned 90. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The aftermath of the Port Hills fire.

The aftermath of the Port Hills fire. Photo: RNZ / Brad White

Peter Burling holds the America's Cup during the Wellington victory parade.

Peter Burling holds the America's Cup during the Wellington victory parade. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

"I don't recall ever being at a stranding of this magnitude," said Bridie Griffiths after hundreds of whales were stranded near Farewell Spit in February.

"I don't recall ever being at a stranding of this magnitude," said Bridie Griffiths after hundreds of whales were stranded near Farewell Spit in February. Photo: Tracy Neal/RNZ

The scale of the Ohau Point slip near Kaikōura seen from the air.

The scale of the Ohau Point slip near Kaikōura seen from the air. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Julia Milne, from Common Unity, collects vegetables from Rimutaka Prison.

Julia Milne, from Common Unity, collects vegetables from Rimutaka Prison. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Behind the scenes of a rehearsal with Rob Ruha at recording studio The Lab.

Behind the scenes of a rehearsal with Rob Ruha at recording studio The Lab. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Brighter Future - Mental Health defcon 2

The many faces of a Brighter Future series episode investigating mental health in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ

At the beginning of the year many parts of Canterbury were drought stricken.

At the beginning of the year many parts of Canterbury were drought stricken. Photo: RNZ / Patrick Phelps