Jessica Terekia (He uri nō te whānau Cross – Waihōpai and Awarua Rūnaka) recently competed at Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Club teams from Aotearoa had to qualify at the National Waka Ama event held annually at Lake Karapiro.

As a member of Horouta Waka Hoe, Jessica was a key member of the Horouta J16 Women’s Squad and raced the V12 500m sprint, the V6 1000m turn race and the V6 500m sprint race. The event held from 10 – 15 May saw Jessica and her fellow crew win silver in the V12 500m sprint final, silver in the V6 1000 final and gold in the V6 500m final. [Read more…]

From 5-15 May, two of the Taumutu whānau took on the world’s best at the 2016 International Va’a Federation World Waka Ama Sprint Championships on the Sunshine Coast in Australia – and came home with some great results.

Adrian Tukaki and Craig Pauling, along with Wairewa teammate Iaean Cranwell, and their crew Aoraki Matatū, competed in the Master 40 Men grade, bringing home one world championship title and two silver medals in their three team events, while Adrian also picked up a bronze medal in the Masters V1 (single) 500m race. [Read more…]

Ōraka-Aparima Waka Ama in conjunction with Kāhungunu waka ama whānau and Te Piritahi a Rua waka ama gathered on good Friday to support Nic Low (Ōraka-Aparima) and whānau on their epic journey from Anita Bay to Te Wae Wae Bay.

Our Ōraka-Aparima waka and Kāhungunu waka were strapped together to form a w12 canoe. Our waka whānau paddled 29km on Lake Te Anau on Good Friday and 35km on Lake Manapouri on the Saturday. We were very fortunate with amazing weather both days. [Read more…]

Congratulations to our Taumutu men on their gold medal waka ama win. Adrian Tukaki (second from the right) is the nephew of Malcolm Wards (Wards whānau) who now lives in Tauranga and is a former Crusader from the original 1995 team). Craig, Adrian, Todd and Iaean have been paddling together for 15 years in the same crew and have paddled with their other team mates – Ross and Jack (from Christchurch) and Todd (from Motueka) for 7-8 years. [Read more…]

Kia ora whānau, I am sending you this pānui re: Southland’s first waka ama/outrigger competition at Ōreti River, Sandy Point, Invercargill to be held on Saturday 24 October. The Hoea Ōreti Waka Ama Challenge is open to secondary schools and novice/open paddlers.

We will be looking at holding 1km sprints (for secondary school teams only); a 5km race for secondary students and open paddlers; followed by a 15km race for experienced open paddlers.  [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

This year Ōraka Aparima Waka Ama entered the Waka Te Tasman event at Kaiteriteri as a mixed crew. Most of the crew departed Invercargill on Wednesday 12 November at 4.30am to begin the journey north.

We arrived in Kaiteriteri on Thursday 13 November and had booked an awesome holiday home, which looked out over the Kaiteriteri beach and bay. [Read more…]

Te Waka o Aoraki Midgets Crew at Nationals

In January, the first ever midgets crew from the Te Waka o Aoraki (South Island) region participated at the Waka Ama NZ national sprints championships. The team, called Hinehaka me Taoka and representing the Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe Club (based in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour), included Mihiroa, Meihana and Tainui Pauling, Whetu Marama and Nukutai Rupene and Haawi Whaitiri. They raced in the midget men’s grade for 6-10-year -olds and paddled in 2 events over 250 and 500 metres. [Read more…]

Crews from the Te Waka o Aoraki (South Island) region and Ōtautahi made a big impression at the 25th Annual Waka Ama NZ National Sprint Championships held at Lake Karapiro in January.

To begin with, the region had its first ever midgets (under 10 years) team compete at the nationals, represented by a full Kāi Tahu team from Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe Club.

The team included Mihiroa, Meihana and Tainui Pauling, Whetu Marama and Nukutai Rupene and Haawi Whaitiri.

Later in the week, the men’s crew from Te Waka Pounamu, called Aoraki Matatū and including Kāi Tahu kaihoe, Adrian Tukaki, Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell, won two silver medals – one in the premier men’s W6 (six person) 500 metre race, and the other in the W12 500 metre race. [Read more…]

Congratulations to Adrian Tukaki, Craig Pauling and Iaean Cranwell from Te Waka Pounamu Waka Ama Club, Whakaraupō for their silver medal in the Premier Men W12 500m at this year’s Waka Ama Nationals. Representing Te Waka o Aoraki, the South Island Waka Ama Association, they teamed up with Te Awa Haku Dogfish and formed Aoraki Dogfish. In a close race Aoraki Dogfish finished second to Vaka Manu from Manukau by .5 secs. It was the club’s first silver medal at a national event. They finished sixth in the W6 500m final, not bad for a bunch of old men, with an average age of 40. Also Craig Pauling became the fifth fastest paddler in the country, when he competed in the new Premier Men’s Dash W1 250. [Read more…]

Kāi Tahu whānau, tēnā koutou!
Nei rā te maioha o Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio ki a koutou me kā mihi o te tau hōu hoki!

Nei rā hoki kā roimata takiwai o te hapū nei mō rātou kua hika mai, kua hika atu. E auē! Haere atu rā koutou. Haere ki te taha o kā mātua tīpuna e tatari ana ki tua o te ārai. Moe mai koutou i waekanui i ā rātou, moe mai i te rakimārie. Haere, haere, haere atu rā. [Read more…]