About Us

Whanganui Awa paddlers 

Mission Statement:

To provide opportunities to develop paddlers knowledge, physical skills and appreciation of their unique cultures, through the sport of Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoe) which will be delivered on and alongside Te Awa o Whanganui – The Whanganui River.

Vision Statement:

To expose people of Whanganui to life changing experiences which enhance their well-being as an individual and a member of their whanau (family) and community through the vehicle of waka ama.


“Kaua e rangiruatia te haa o te hoe; e kore too taatou waka e uu ki uta:Do not lift the paddle out of unison or our canoe will never reach the shore

Our journey:

In October 2010 after identifying a desire in the community to learn and experience Waka Ama – Outrigger Canoeing across all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds, we established programmes and events that allowed the people of Whanganui the chance to have-a-go.  

Over the years this has grown to include further opportunities through Raukotahi Marae Sprints, Te Wananga o Aotearoa Certificate in Waka, Masters games, Secondary School Nationals, NCEA delivery, Local, Regional, National and International regattas as well as building relationships with other river users. 

We have also had the privilege of sailing on the traditional double hull vessel Haunui and being part of our wider waka whanau Te Toki Voyaging Trust, TOA Waka Ama, Wairarapa Waka Ama and Otaki Waka Hoe. 

We are forever grateful to all who have been part of our journey and excited for what the future brings.  

Otaki Waka Hoe J16 Men

Te Toki Midget Men

Wairarapa J19 Men

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