Resources for Paddlers

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Resources for Paddlers


To join Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club please go to the Membership page.

Marine, Weather & Tides:

Port Webcams & Port Conditions:
Coastal warnings:


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.

Waka Ama Safety tips

Use of the orange safety flare in our waka safety kits

Committee 2021/2022

President: Sean Timoney
Vice President: Simone Newsham
Treasurer: Zoe Horvath
Secretary: Robyn Dewson

Committee members:

Tony Davies
Robyn Dewson
Jeff Neilson

For waka gear

Our locals:

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)


Kialoa Paddles from Rob Smith @
Tai Paddles from Conan and Lana @

For a full and more recent list check out the NZ Waka Ama site (

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).

V1 Va'a

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.

Fibreglass Repairs:

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

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

Whakataka te Hau

Racing Age Categories

Midget: 6-10 years
Intermediate: 6-13 years
J16: 11-16 years
J19: 14-19 years
Under 23: 16-23
Premier: 14+
Masters: 40+
Senior Masters: 50+
Golden Masters: 60+
Masters 70: 70+