Results: Hutt Secondary Schools Junior Waka ama Sprints

Report:  A fantastic day of paddling on Wellington Harbour despite the 25-30 knot northerly wind and showers. Thanks to all our volunteers from Hikoikoi Waka ama and from clubs in the Hoe Tonga region who contributed to the success of our 1st Hutt Secondary School Junior Waka ama Sprints and of course the students, parents and coordinators.
With funding assistance from KiwiSport and supported by Wellington Tenths Development Trust, Hikoikoi Waka ama were able to deliver a 6 week introductory waka ama programme leading up to this regatta. 

8 Secondary Schools in the Hutt participated in our programme with approx 95% being new to paddling:
Naenae College
Taita College
St Patricks College Silverstream
Heretaunga College
Upper Hutt College
Te Ara Whānui Kura Kaupapa Māori
Hutt Valley High School
Wainuiomata High School

Other organisations that contributed to this programmes success:

  • Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
  • Wellington Tenths Development Trust
  • Palmerston North Māori Reserve
  • Hutt City Council
  • Fergs Kayaks
  • Atiawa Toa FM
  • Sport Wellington
  • College Sport, Wellington
  • New Zealand Academy of Sport, Wellington
  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club
Winners of our Chant Competition were Hutt Valley High School who received 6 lifejackets sponsored by Fergs Kayaks.  
Term 1, 2013 will see another programme run leading up to the Regional Secondary School Waka ama Sprint Champs in March and National Secondary School Sprints.
Once again thanks to all the paddlers, supporters and volunteers.
Contact: Chris Fox
Waka ama Coordinator
Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
Mob: 027 651 5379
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