Waka Ama


Waka Ama News

Waka Ama is the New Zealand term for the sport of outrigger canoeing. Waka racing is a popular sport in Hawaii and French Polynesia. Since 1990 New Zealand has sent teams to the World Va’a (Waka) Championships every two years. New Zealand teams have become world champions in some divisions.

Waka ama (outrigger canoes) have been used in the Pacific Islands for centuries. Interest in waka ama and racing was reignited in New Zealand in the 1980s. Waka ama (outrigger canoes) have been used in the Pacific Islands for centuries. Interest in waka ama and racing was reignited in New Zealand in the 1980s. Waka ama (outrigger canoes) have been used in the Pacific Islands for centuries. Interest in waka ama and racing was reignited in New Zealand in the 1980s.Waka Ama have been used in the Pacific Islands for centuries. The Ama is used to stabilise the waka. Waka Ama clubs often emphasise Māori language and customs associated with waka building and paddling. This is an added dimension to the sport of Waka Ama.

There are 6 paddlers in a waka, which includes a caller and a steerer. The races are 250m or 500m.

Westlake Boys competed for the first time in the Auckland Secondary Schools Senior and Junior Regatta in 2016. They also sent a team to compete at Nationals and they performed at a very high level. The Auckland competition is held at Orakei Basin and the Nationals in Rotorua.

The Senior Regatta is usually in February and the Junior Regatta in November. The school usually enters two teams in each Regatta. Students train twice a week at Birkenhead Wharf. Westlake Boys is affiliated with the Aratika Water Sports Club, Birkenhead, which is the base of our coach, Louise Henderson.

Students are provided with a waka, life jackets and paddles to use at training sessions and for the competition. There is also a teacher at each training session. Students must be able to swim 50m to participate. Fees are approximately $25.

This is an ideal sport for students who are looking for a new challenge. If students want to continue Waka Ama during the winter season, they are able to join a Club outside of school.

Teacher in charge: Whaea Clare Nasey

 

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