Resources for Paddlers

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Resources for Paddlers

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


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

Flare Comet Pinpoint Red Handheld

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: