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Waka Ama



Waka Ama

2012 saw the introduction of this hugely popular sport. Offered to support the learning of tikanga and the holistic approach to hau ora the school has two teams who paddle under the Heretaunga Ararau o Ngati Kahungunu Waka Ama Roopu.  

2012/2013 Waka ama season has been a very successful one for the schools two teams. In January the schools J19 team paddled for the Heretaunga Ararau o Ngati Kahungunu  Waka Ama Roopu at the New Zealand Waka Ama Sprint  Nationals at Lake Karapiro this event was the first time the team had paddled at this level and it proved an invaluable experience setting the team up well for the secondary schools season.  In March the schools J16 and J19 teams paddled at the Police Blue Light Regatta wining eight races from eight. A week later the Hawkes Bay Regional Secondary Schools Regatta was held at Pandora Pond where the school s J19 team were named 250m Champions for 2013.

Two weeks later the J19 team attended the New Zealand Schools National Waka Ama Sprints. The teams made the 500m Championship semi and were placed fourth in the 250m Plate final. Both huge achievements for a first outing at at Secondary Schools Nationals.

The team is now training for the Long Distance Nationals in April and individual paddlers are working towards the New Zealand Trials which are being held during the Easter break in Auckland in 2014.

Upcoming Events

  • Whaingaroa Hoe: Raglan
  • Long Distance Nationals: Auckland
  • Matariki Waka Ama Regatta: Hastings
  • Trans Tasman Gubi Gubi Waka Ama Regatta: Sunshine Coast Australia
  • Te Urunga o te Ra Singles Trials: Gisborne
  • New Zealand National Sprint Championships: Lake Karapiro

2014 World Cup Trials: Auckland