Waka Ama or Outrigger canoes have always been part of the culture and life of the people of the Pacific and has a powerful history of waka sailing and voyaging.
Modern day waka ama (also known as Outrigger Canoe or Va’a) is one of the fastest growing water sports in Aotearoa New Zealand. Waka Ama is not only a sport but also a source of identify, pride and community that is reflected in the values and tikanga that under pin it.
Why is it good for me?
Waka Ama is well suited for all abilities and ages, it can be challenging but at the same time fun! Waka Ama encourages strength, fitness, coordination, teamwork, friendships and whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships).
How much will it cost me?
Most clubs are happy to let you come down and give it a go before signing up. Once you want to take part a bit more, clubs may have a small membership fee for that season. If you are still at school remember to check if there is a school team you can join.
What do I need to paddle?
To begin paddling you will need suitable clothing and be keen to try something new.
All gear such as the waka, a hoe (paddle) and lifejacket can be provided from the club or school when you have a go.
In waka ama we practice Tū tangata – We have respect for each other, for our waka and our environment.