Resources for Paddlers
Resources for Paddlers
To join Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club please go to the Membership page.
Marine, Weather & Tides:
Port Webcams & Port Conditions:
Waka Ama New Zealand and Water Safety New Zealand are partnering to help our waka ama community and our wider whānau to be safer in and around the water. For more information see our Health & Safety page.
President: Kiri Wahanui
Vice President: Sean Timoney
Treasurer: Zoe Horvath
Secretary: Jody Hughes
For waka gear
Shane @ Kite Surf Nelson shop & Raglan Roast Cafe (for Quick Blade and Tai paddles, Vikobi pfds, leg leashes, good coffee and more)
Kayak HQ - Roof Racks and helpful advice
Big Blue Dive & Fish (boots & gloves)
Single One Person Waka
There are a variety of suppliers for OC1 (ruddered) and V1 (unruddered) waka. Have a chat to to people who own singles (there are a growing number in Nelson).
Carmel Barrett, in Nelson, is the contact for Fai Va'a and Va'a Factory waka. Kereama Payn is the Nelson contact for Sonic.
OC1 and OC2
Paul Wilford (Ocean Elements) in Auckland is the contact for the Hawaiian style outrigger canoes. Moana Nui, Tutukaka, have New Zealand made one and two man waka.
Waka Ama NZ (NKOA)
Nga Kaihoe O Aotearoa (Waka Ama New Zealand) is the national governing body for Waka Ama in New Zealand. Look at their About section for lots of relevant information like the Constitution, Strategic plan etc.
The Culture of Waka Ama booklet was put together by Waka Ama NZ so people can learn about the culture of the sport, the way we do things and why. It is well worth looking at as it has all sorts of information.
Te Waka O Aoraki (TWOA)
Te Waka O Aoraki is the South Island regional body for waka ama.
TWOA on Facebook
We say Karakia at the start and end of each paddle to ensure our Tupuna (ancestors) give protection, wisdom and strength to all those involved. Respect also underpins everything we do in our sport - respect for our waka, respect for each other and for the surroundings we are blessed to train and compete in.
Download the words to our karakia
Listen to the karakia for pronounciation
Racing Age Categories
Midget: 6-10 years
Intermediate: 6-13 years
J16: 11-16 years
J19: 14-19 years
Under 23: 16-23
Senior Masters: 50+
Golden Masters: 60+
Masters 70: 70+