Purchase of six-person waka a step closer thanks to NZCT

Purchase of six-person waka a step closer thanks to NZCT

The Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe Club is a step closer to a Mahi Mahi six-person waka ama. NZCT awarded the club $10,000 for the purchase of this outrigger canoe that is especially suitable for rangitahi and tamariki.

Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe Club is one of a few waka ama (outrigger canoe) clubs based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. The club caters for all ages and abilities with youth, open and master’s paddlers and with a variety of waka, including W6 (six person), W3 (triple), W2 (double) and W1 (single) canoes.

Quentin Clough, Chair of Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe Club, said “The Mahi Mahi, a type of six-person waka, is suitable for all ages, especially children because of its stability. This makes the canoe extremely suitable for paddling at sea. The welcomed funding gives our club a fantastic opportunity to continue to grow our involvement in our youth programme offering. Not only club members, but we also give community groups, schools and those in other alternative education a paddling and cultural experience. We are very grateful for this grant from NZCT. I’m sure we will find the last part of the funding soon, so we can launch the Mahi Mahi six-person waka ama this spring.”

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