Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2022

Online entries are open for the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2022 – all info can be found here: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1523

Pānui 1 and a Nationals COVID FAQs is online here: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1523 

Waka Ama NZ are currently working on the premise that our 2022 National Sprint Championships at Lake Karāpiro in January will be going ahead. We know times are uncertain and we are monitoring any changes with regard to COVID-19 moving forward – check out the COVID FAQs for more information.

Waka Ama NZ will be sending regular updates leading up to January. In the meantime don’t hesitate to contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any further questions.

Windy City Downwind Event

Wellingtons premier downwind paddling event featuring surfski, Waka-Ama and SUP categories and proudly part of the Darcey Price Series.

Date: 30th October 2021 – 11:30am race breifing.

Early Bird Pricing (Before 3rd October):
U23 $10 (Short or Long Course)
Open $50 (Short or Long Course)

Late Entry Pricing (4th – 30th October):
U23 $20 (Short or Long Course)
Open $90 (Short or Long Course)

For up to date race information see event website: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=245271

Online Coaching Clinics

Waka Ama NZ are providing an opportunity for coaches to jump online and take part in some upskilling this weekend and delivered by Corrina Gage.

Saturday 18 September 9am-12pm💥

How to Coach

Sunday 19 September 9am-12pm💥

Paddling Basics


Entries close Friday 17 Sept at 12pm
Enter Now!: https://enternowonline.com/4487/events

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association Annual General Meeting

We would like to let our wider community know that we will be holding our Annual General Meeting next week. All clubs have been notified and will have a club representative online during this meeting. Please see the details below:

Date: Thursday 23rd September

Time: 7.30pm

Due to our current Covid-19 Levels this will be an online event.

If you would like to attend please get in touch with us: hoetonga@gmail.com

L2 Covid-19 Update

As we head into L2 from 11.59pm tonight please make sure you follow the guidelines on the following link :https://wakaama.co.nz/stories/read/1005742

It’s important in order to keep yourselves and your wider paddling community safe that you take the appropriate steps in making the changes required.


Unfortunately the Paddler Series Race that was due to be held on the Whanganui River and hosted by Te RInga Miti Tai Heke on the 25th of September has now been cancelled.

As far as we know the Tai Tonga event Nga Mata o te Ariki Tawhirimatea has also been postponed, we will update you with any information as soon as we can.

Sprint Regionals are set for the following dates and more information will be out in the next couple of weeks.

27th and 28th November-W6 and W12 Races

4th December-W1 Races

Again we would like to thank all the clubs for being diligent around the Covid-19 Level changes and requirements. Please remember to stay home if you are feeing unwell.

Level 4-Covid Restrictions

As the nation is now in L4 we just want to remind you of the restrictions around Waka Ama.

Waka Ama Alert Level 4

  • All events on the waka ama calendar this week will be cancelled/postponed, and if the shutdown is extended further, those events outside of the 3-7 day shutdown will be cancelled/postponed also
  • All Waka Ama club and team trainings/events are cancelled during Alert Level 4.
  • Do not go paddling during Alert Level 4 or do any other activities that may require search and rescue services. For example, do not go swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or tramping

For more information please check out https://wakaama.co.nz/stories/read/1005712

We know that this has effected many of our own Waka Ama events this weekend but if we do our part in staying home and off the water we will be able to return to the water sooner. Our priority is always for the health and safety of our paddlers, their whanau and wider community. So please no paddling for this period of time.

Please note that the Tai Tonga event Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea has been tentatively postponed with a new date of September 11th pending sanctioning.

The Coaching Courses that were going to be held on Sunday 22nd August in Wellington are also cancelled. However Waka Ama NZ have got a couple of online coaching clinics with Corinna Gage via zoom this weekend. Please see the information below:

Saturday 21st August 9am – How to Coach SprintRacinghttps://www.wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1918
Sunday 22nd August 9am – How to Coach Distance Racinghttps://www.wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1919
Online entry link available here: https://enternowonline.com/4483/events

Each course will cost $30 for affiliated members and $60 for non affiliated members.

Stay Safe, Be Kind, Stay Home. See you all on the water again soon.

Coaching Clinics

Waka Ama NZ is bringing another two coaching clinics to our region this weekend, both are being held on Sunday 22 August in Wellington.

Steering Basics:

Time: 9am-12pm Venue: Nuku Ora, Thorndon Quay, Wellington

For more information please click on this link: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1905

Paddling Basics:

Time: 1pm-4pm Venue: Nuku Ora, Thorndon Quay, Wellington

For more information on the paddling basics course please click on this link:


These courses will be delivered by Myka Nuku. Please get in touch with your club rep if you would like to attend. Registrations close on Wednesday 18th August at 9pm.

Paddler Series Race 3 Cancelled

Unfortunately PCKC has had to make the call to cancel next weekends race in Onepoto due to the uncertainty of when the Rahui will be lifted.

If you have any questions regarding this please get in contact with us otherwise we would love to see you all at our final Paddler Series Race which is being held in Whanganui on Saturday 25th September. Entries to this race are now open and all information can be found on this link. Please contact your clubs representative if you would like to enter.

Coaching Clinics

Waka Ama NZ is rolling out a whole heap of coaching clinics right across NZ and have some coming up in Hoe Tonga.

On Saturday 31 July Corrina Gage will be at Plimmerton School and taking two different clinics:

8.30am to 11.30am Sprint Racing Skills

12.30pm to 3.30pm Distance Racing Skills

Then on Sunday 1st of August there is a Waka Ama Foundation Coaching Course with the emphasis on CBE Safety happening at the Nuku Ora office space on Thorndon Quay, this course will run from 10am-4pm

Check out the following link: https://wakaama.co.nz/pages/view/1005662

To register for any of the clinics please contact your club rep or if you are not an affiliated member please get in touch with Waka Ama NZ.