Resources for Paddlers

OC6 Waka Ama at Tahunanui Beach Nelson

Resources for Paddlers

Committee 2018/2019

President: Charmaine Payn
Vice President: John Young
Treasurer: Jess Brown
Secretary: Kilmeny Stevens

Committee members:
Rebecca Malthus - Health and Safety Officer
Katie Thurston
Jeff Neilson
Robyn Dewson
Christopher Sheldon

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.

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

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 Whitford (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: