Foxton Waka Ama Club

We are holding another meeting on Tuesday 15th June and are keen to have members of the Foxton community come along to it-especially if you are interested in being involved on a committee level.

Some of the key positions that Foxton Waka Ama Club are needing are people with the experience and skills in:

  • Administration
  • Funding
  • Finances
  • Coaching

If you would like to be part of a new Waka Ama Club in the Foxton community then please come along to our next meeting held at the Foxton Rugby Club at 7.30pm. We look forward to connecting with you.

Waka Ama NZ- Foundation Coaching – Steering Basics

WANZ Foundation Coaching – Steering BasicsSteerers/Kaihautu role and responsibilities and how to execute the basic steering strokes

Venue: Nuku Ora, Level 1, 223 Thorndon Quay Thorndon, Wellington
Date: Sun 27th Jun 2021
Distance: Coaching Course
Host: Waka Ama NZ

Delivered by: Myka Nuku

Need to bring: BYO lunch – coffee and tea provided.
Cost:$30 (affiliated member of Waka Ama NZ)$60 (non-affiliated)
Registration: WANZ online via your club rep or for non-affiliated paddlers please email to register. Please note online entries will close earlier if the quota 30 per course is reached. A minimum of 10 registrations will be required to run the course.


Online Entries:

Contact DetailsName: Waka Ama

Te Reo Taiohi o Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa

Waka Ama New Zealand are excited to see this initiative commence. By establishing this group we are able to start to build a pathway for more youth to be involved in the organisation of our sport. 

Some of these rangatahi will go on to be the leaders in our sport in the future and the more they understand the inner workings of the organisation of Waka Ama, the greater leaders they will become.

It will also provide some of our talented Rangatahi leaders with pathways that develop their skills and enhance their CV’s. 

If you are interested in being a rangatahi voice for Waka Ama NZ and contributing to the future of waka ama then this is for you! 🤙🏽For more information and eligibility please read the following document Te Reo Taiohi o Nga Kaihoe o Aotearora-Terms of Reference

If you would like to apply please get in touch with us for an application form and process details.

New Wave Monitoring Buoy in Wellington Harbour

New Wave Monitoring Buoy – Hutt Motorway

For all our Wellington Harbour Paddlers please take note:

Please be advised that a wave monitoring buoy is going to be deployed approximately 100m off the coast along the Hutt Motorway.(attached is an image indicating it’s approximate location).

There will be 3 buoys linked ~4m apart, the main buoy being yellow in colour and lit at night (8 flashes every 20 seconds). Deployment date is expected to be sometime this week, and it may remain in place for up to 5 months.

Please navigate with caution in this area and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,

Alex Paterson

Harbour Ranger / HarboursGreater Wellington Te Pane Matua Taiao

Ngā Mata o Te Ariki Tāwhirimātea

Ngā Mata o Te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (Sanctioned)

Venue: Evans Bay, Wellington Harbour
Date: Sat 26th Jun 2021
Distance: 8km & 15km
Host: Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe Club

In the world of Māori, Tāwhirimātea is known as the god of wind and weather.  At the time when the world was in darkness, the children of Ranginui the sky father and Papatūānuku earth mother, decided to separate their parents.  When this was done, Tāwhirimātea was so angry and devastated he went to live with his father, and in his sadness he plucked out and crushed his eyes, throwing them to the sky to spread all over his fathers chest and becoming Matariki.  The name Matariki is short for Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea.  The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea.

The theme of this event Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea not only acknowledges the significance and challenges Tāwhirimātea sometimes gifts to waka ama paddlers and other water enthusiasts.  This event also marks rakaunui (full moon), the end of one year and beginning of another.  A time for remembering those who have passed over the last year and releasing their spirits, and a time to celebrate a bountiful future with friends and the communities of waka ama all around the world during these still unprecedented times.  

After a few years break, Tai Tonga 41° Outrigger Canoe Club has returned to celebrate its first year of revival.  They are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with other waka ama clubs, local kayak and canoe clubs with a 15km and 8km course designed to stimulate steerers as crews navigate from point to point in a star-like formation (weather dependent).  Alternatively the course will follow the landmass around Evansbay.  Paddlers are also able to do more than one or two races for even more challenge. We invite everyone to stay for prize giving, spot prizes, fiafia, hakari, waiata, share alofa and abundant stories.


W1, W2, W6, W12


Junior (J16 & J19) & Senior (20years+)


Men, Women, Mixed


8km ($15 per person) & 15km ($20 per person)

Individuals may compete in more than 2 races and pay only a maximum of $35

Please note the online system is not able to adjust the discount for paddlers entering more than 2 races. 

Clubs will need to ensure no more than a maximum of $35 is paid for any individual.

To support our COVID tracing efforts, all entries are to be registered online by your club rep.  Clubs are to make one direct bank payment for all registrations.  Bank details are shown in the members area on registration.

Tai Tonga 41 Outrigging Canoe Club 38-9011-0013609-02  

Please ensure teams arrive and register on time with completed waiver forms

We will not accept late registrations
Online Entries:

Contact DetailsName: Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe

Winter Events Underway

We are only just over a week out from having our first race of the Paddler Series underway for 2021. We are looking forward to seeing as many teams in our region and surrounding regions come and be part of our series this year.

Race 1 is going to be hosted by Hawaiki Nui Tuarua Waka Ama and will be run out of Ngati Toa Domain. All the information for the race is available here. Entries for this event close on Monday 24th May and rosters must be in by 6pm Wednesday 26th May.

Another one of our clubs is hosting an event on Saturday 26th June. Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe Club is hosting Tai Tonga 41 Marathon – ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea.

If you would like more information please email:, or check out their facebook page.

Foxton Waka Ama Hui

Date: Wednesday 12th May 2021

Time: 7pm

Venue: Foxton Rugby Clubrooms

We are looking forward to meeting with those in Foxton or the surrounding areas interested in establishing a waka ama club in this community. Information will be given on what is needed to form a club, how we can support you in the process and what funding etc is available.

Come along, meet our regional development officer and others that are passionate about seeing this happen.

Waka Ama Safety Course

Kia ora whānau

Below is an opportunity to take part in a Day Skipper + Waka Ama safety course.  Only 4 spaces available and costs $50. This is less than half of what it is normally for he day skipper course!!

Don’t miss out, further details below;
Waka Ama Safety Course
Day Skipper course, VHF Course, Waka Ama Safety Course     
WHEN:      6:00pm – 8:30 pm Friday 30th  April ,  9:00am – 5:30pm Saturday 1st May.
WHERE:    Staff Room Plimmerton School.   Bring Kai Saturday for lunch.
COST:        $50 PP.   payable at course  
RSVP:        Sunday 18th April to 

At the conclusion, participant’s will be able to successfully complete;Day Skippers assessment.VHF course assessment Additionally, participants will have a greater knowledge of Waka Ama safety and racing. See the following links for more detail:  Day Skipper Course Information and VHF Course Information 

Nga Mihi
Hawaikinui Waka Ama Committee

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2021

Get ready for this year’s Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2021, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, and to enable paddlers and teams to race during the winter season. The Series is overseen by Hoe Tonga, but each individual race is hosted and organised by member clubs or event organisers. 

Key info:

As in previous years, the series is big on participation and we will have again a range of spot prizes, including a brand new paddle.

Click here to download the information package for the Series.

Please note that race details are subject to change. Please keep an eye on updates regarding any of the races.

Race 1 (Host: Hawaikinui):  29 May (Sat), Ngati Toa Domain

Race 2 (Host: Hoe Tonga): 10 July (Sat),  Manawatu Boating Club, Foxton Beach

Race 3 (Host: PCKC): 7 August (Sat), Onepoto, Porirua


Race 4 (Host:Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke): 25 September (Sat), Whanganui River