What a difference a couple of days made. The Sunday dawned and it was sunny and although the wind came up for a bit in the afternoon, and it became overcast it was fine enough to launch our waka with whānau and members of other waka ama rōpū.

Our waka was christened with a fine kōrero and karakia from Te Rūnanga o Awarua Upoko, Tā Tipene O’Regan and Dean Whaanga. Whānau who came along to join in our celebrations were treated to a barbeque and the chance to mingle and enjoy the company of others.

Young and old had a paddle and it has kindled an interest in those who wish to participate in waka ama.

If any one wishes to participate please contact the rūnanga office on 212 6020 or 212 6029.

Preparing to launch.

Preparing to launch.

000Whānau on-board the waka ama, Awarua.

Whānau on-board the waka ama, Awarua.