Fairfax Visual Journalists' Best Photos April 2014

01:53, Jun 13 2014
L-R Adrian Hooke (Pat Kennedy), Phil Grieve (Laurie Connor), Vivien Bell (Viv Cleaver) and Rhema Sutherland (Annie Tupua) in the rehearsal of the Centrepoint play Kings of the Gym. (Manawatu Standard)
Comedian Rose Matafeo. (Auckland Bureau)
Sir Tony Robinson pictured with the original bugle carried by New Zealand soldiers in Gallipoli during the World War 1. (Auckland Bureau)
Australian surfers Philppa Anderson, 22 and Codie Klein spent their day off from the surfing in the ASP tour event, up Mt Taranaki. (Taranaki Daily News)
Tania Hinks begging on Trafalgar Street. (Nelson Mail)
Tania Hinks begging on Trafalgar Street. (Nelson Mail)
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Gary Stocker awaits sunrise at the New Zealand Schools Maadi Cup Rowing 2014 at Lake Ruataniwha. (Timaru Herald)
A multi Iwi Haka group perform for the arriving dignitaries at Rewi's last stand: The 150th commemoration of the Battle of Oraakau, near Kihikihi. (Waikato Times)
WW2 veteran Wilfred Mansor, 94, with his original kit bag before going to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino in May. (Dominion Post)
Pulse netball player Liana Leota.
Sir Peter Jackson at the Royals visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim New Zealand. (Marlborough Express)
Vietnam Veteran Bob Salter is supported by his daughter Samantha. He is fighting terminal cancer and this will likely be his last Anzac Day - Anzac Day Parade and Dawn Service Picton. (The Marlborough Express)
Tai Woffinden ahead of the Speedway World Championship at Western Springs, Auckland. (Auckland Bureau)
Poet Kirsti Whalen. (Auckland Bureau)
Emily Harris and Alexander Hayes got involved with a bit of weed dating (like speed dating) at Rahui Kahika Reserve in Auckland's Titirangi as part of an initiative to clean up the reserve. (Auckland Bureau)
Former Trades Hall Bombing suspect Peter Dijkstra who has not repaired his house since he was raided twice by police. (Dominion Post)
Visiting fertility scientist and TV celebrity Lord Robert Winston. (Auckland Bureau)
Principal Ballerina Lina Seveliova warming up ahead of the Imperial Russian Ballet performance of Don Quixote at the St James Theatre, Wellington. (Dominion Post)
Head of Department at Maori Television, Julian Wilcox. (Auckland Bureau)
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Tempo Fashion. (Waikato Times)

Here is a selection of Fairfax visual journalists' best photos for April 2014.


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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed by a large crowd of about 15,000 fans in Cambridge, Waikato. (Auckland Bureau)
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Freegan Martin Adlington was on a mission to salvage what he could and repair it before shipping it off to hurricane ravaged Tonga. (Auckland Bureau)
(L-R): Aria Tawha, Kanyon Paul, Vinnie Harris, and then Pania Monk have been chosen for their respective Junior Black Sox teams. (Waikato Times)
Jack Milner-George wearing his British contacts awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand. (Waikato Times)
Duke of Cambridge chatting to the crowd in Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand. (Waikato Times)
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ATC and Timaru Cadets march to the Cenoptaph at the Anzac dawn service at the Cenotaph on Queen Street. (Timaru Herald)
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Harvee King Brookland (8) with caterpillars from his swan plant. (Timaru Herald)
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Mya Wilson (3) of Timaru checks out some of the colourful toad stalls growing under and around trees on Raymond Street. (Timaru Herald)
Residents of Maida Vale Retirement Village are asking for better walkway access on the side of Devon road so they can drive their mobility scooters into the Waiwhakaiho Valley safely. (Taranaki Daily News)
Puppeteer Norbert Hausberg who's Marionette Theater is celebrating their 30th Anniversary. (Dominion Post)
ANZAC Day Dawn service at the Cenotaph in Wellington. (Dominion Post)
L to R Kendra Hartley, 21, Diane Hartley (Mum) and Michelle Hartley, 25, are grieving the lost of their family dog Taj who they believe was poisoned, New Plymouth. (Taranaki Daily News)
Robert Straight during the ANZAC day dawn service at Anzac Park, Nelson. (Nelson Mail)
Ruby-Cate Blitz, 1, meets prince William, Duke of Cambridge - she is wearing a shirt saying 'marry me George'. (Dominion Post)
L to R: Laura MacNab and Sophie Hobbs Waimai at the Valley Bush Sports Day. (Waikato Times)
First rain finally falls in Palmerston North for a long time. (Manawatu Standard)
A member of the multi Iwi Haka group challenges PM John Key on the Battle ground at Rewi's last stand: The 150th commemoration of the Battle of Oraakau. (Waikato Times)
14-year-old Madison Cronin has been dancing since she was 3 and has won a place in a prestigious Sydney dance academy. (Manawatu Standard)
Nickolas Xirafakis, (10) lights the candles at a Greek Orthodox Vespers Of Love Easter service. (Dominion Post)
When a break in the clouds exposed the setting sun, Bruce the pug grabbed the opportunity to contemplate life and its meaning at New Plymouth's Back Beach. (Taranaki Daily News)
From left, Paul Gledhill and Mat Turner cheering at the Hawera Harness Racing Club Inc Easter 2014 109th meeting. (Taranaki Daily News)
Kimbra at WOMAD held at New Plymouth's Bowl of Brooklyn Park. (Taranaki Daily News)
Lola Barnett and twin sister Milly Barnett (3, of Renwick) meet Prince William. (Marlborough Express)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend a wreath laying and public walk in Seymour Square, Blenheim. (Marlborough Express)
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are welcomed at Government House. (Dominion Post)
Locomotive 'Passchendaele' back on rails on ANZAC day at Paekekariki railway station. Locomotive crew member Titch Gibson. (Dominion Post)
Greek Orthodox celebrated the Vespers Of Love Easter service Hania St Cathedral. The service was presided over by Bishop Amfilohios with other priests from Christian Orthodox churches. (Dominion Post)
Devastation. (Nelson Mail)
Truck over. (Nelson Mail)
ANZAC day dawn service at Hamilton Memorial Park. (Waikato Times)
ANZAC day dawn service at Hamilton Memorial Park. (Waikato Times)
Trooper Joel Barnett NZQMAR at the ANZAC day dawn service at Hamilton Memorial Park. (Waikato Times)
Tree down. (Nelson Mail)
Jaimee Robinson during The Very Vintage Day Out held at Alexandra Park Raceway, Auckland. (Auckland Bureau)
Midday ANZAC commemoration at Ashhurst. (Manawatu Standard)
Josiah Arthur 13 (Black Stack) shows off his speed at the School Holiday Events at Te Patikitiki library 'stacking' with the some of the members of the Black Stacks team. (Manawatu Standard)
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Marie Bisset has a bit of fun on the Hill behind Kurow. People of average fitness take about 45 minutes to reach the top, where there is a beautiful view over the Waitaki Valley. (Timaru Herald)
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Dave and Frances Stewart of Cromwell watch the action at the New Zealand Schools Maadi Cup Rowing 2014 at Lake Ruataniwha. (Timaru Herald)
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Gary Stocker awaits sunrise at the New Zealand Schools Maadi Cup Rowing 2014 at Lake Ruataniwha. (Timaru Herald)
Prime Minister John Key spits out hairs after shaving Roger Sutton's (Cera) hair for charity on the steps of parliament. (Dominon Post)
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The start of the "Balloons over Waikato" at Innes Common. Winds were too strong for balloons to take off. (Waikato Times)
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Josh Drummond with his painting of Michael Laws that fetched $705 on trade me. (Waikato Times)
Chinese Style Art Group performed on stage at the Festival of cultures 2014 in The Square, Palmerston North. (Manawatu Standard)
Chaiwiwan and Kritsada have spent the best part of their lives apart due to Chaiwiwan having to work overseas to earn enough money to support her family in Thailand. They both plan to remain in New Zealand together. (Auckland Bureau)
Memorial Service for forestry workers who have died at work. Deborah McMillan who's husband Shane Frater was killed in a logging incident hugs (back to the camera) Selina Eruera whose son was killed in a logging incident. (Dominion Post)
Group of youths smoking legal highs in the Square, Palmerston North. (Manawatu Standard)
A helicopter at the scene of a police and army drug bust operation at Rahotu Domain in Taranaki. (Taranaki Daily News)
Fire at storage building in Kilbirnie, Wellington. (Dominion Post)
Vehicle accident, Rai Valley. (Nelson Mail)
Pistons Nick Barrow collides with Aaron Bailey-Nowell in an NBL Waikato Pistons vs Taranaki Mountain Airs game in Hamilton. (Waikato Times)
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Weetbix Kids Triathlon at Ngamotu Beach. (Taranaki Daily News)
Taranaki Senior grade rugby, Clifton V Southern. Clifton wing Te Waiti Mareikura successfully off-loads in the tackle. Southern defenders L to R Jackson Ormond, Brent Landers (tackling), Shelton Symes. (Taranaki Daily News)
Niwa Shewry, 7, competing in the Under 10 boys in the Taranaki Surf Festival, Rip Curl Gromsearch held at Oakura Beach in Oakura. (Taranaki Daily News)
Saints Damien Ekenaslot milks a charging foul against Nelson Giants Mika Vukona during the basketball game against Saints at Saxton Stadium. (The Nelson Mail)
Barefoot waterskiier William Leigh 13, training at the Water Ski Club Horahora Domain, Waikato. (Waikato Times)
Jo Harten and Julie Corletto in a Northern Mystics Vs Kia Magic game. (Waikato Times)
Waikato Rugby League - Hamilton City Tigers Vs Taniwharau. (Waikato Times)
Waikato Club Rugby - Otorohanga V Hamilton Old Boys. (Waikato Times)
Sarah Hay of Auckland competing in the National Climbing and Bouldering champs. (Waikato Times)
Isabella Nichols from Sunshine Coast, Australia, in her heat in the Port Taranaki Pro, ASP Women's 6-Star qualifying series - NZ Surf Festival at Fitzroy Beach. (Taranaki Daily News)
St Joseph's Sam Waicere, 9, runs the ball against Puketapu's Campbell Martin , left, 10, and Jahmaul Graham, 10 in the North division Taranaki junior rugby league at Clifton Park, Waitara. (Taranaki Daily News)
Wellington's Nick Butterworth tackled hard by Pau Halafihi in the Oriental-Rongotai v Wellington club rugby at Miramar Polo Grounds. (Dominion Post)
Mounted horse games at Waikato Waikato Equestrian Centre in Pukete. (Waikato Times)
Olly Monkman 10 (from Taupo) follows in the footsteps of John Daly with his bright get up at the Junior Tiger National finals held at the Manawatu Golf club in Palmerston North. (Manawatu Standard)
Rugby. (Nelson Mail)
English rider Danielle Durrant at the Wind Warriors Kite surfing event at Foxton Estuary. (Manawatu Standard)
Lauren Ellis of Cambridge at the Bike NZ Elite track team training at the Avantidrome, Hamilton. (Waikato Times)
Perth's Jack Duncan (GK) Sport Phoenix VS Perth at Westpac Stadium Wellington. (Dominion Post)

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