The 2015 Great Waka Ama race

Highlights from the toughest race yet in the University’s annual Waka Ama event on the Waitemata Harbour.

The Ngā Tauira Māori team won the 2015 Waka Ama event held in March. As part of their prize they will be travelling to Hawaii to compete against the University of Hawaii in the world's largest race of its kind, the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race on the Island of Kona. This is the first time such an incredible prize has been available to the winners of the University’s annual Waka Ama event.

The event will consist of a sprints and long distance races between 4-7 September 2015. The team have been training for the race through the Inter-semester break, with one of the paddlers now featuring a weekly posting on The Inside Word student blog in the lead-up to their departure.

 

Waka Ama Training for Hawaii


An excerpt from Tai Stephens' The Inside Word blog post

The [Great Waka Ama] race consisted of 10km return paddle from Takapuna Beach to Rangitoto, an 8km return run up and down Rangitoto of which four of the crew members ran. Regulations stated we had to have three males and three females in the waka and two reserves (1 male and 1 female). With most of the crew having some paddling experience the run was the main area of concern for us. This was taken into account when it came to selecting the team. A couple of us signed up to Ludus Magnus Gym while still using the University’s Recreation Centre and attended pre-season training at the Marist Saints Rugby League Club to prepare ourselves for this. Our water trainings were held at the Waitakere Outrigger Canoe Club in West Auckland with our coach Maori Tere Kava (Papa Maori).

Read Tai Stephens blog posts on The Inside Word

 

Ngā Tauira Māori Waka paddlers travelling to Hawaii


Janell Dymus from the Faculty of Medical and Health Services.
Janell Dymus, Faculty of Medical and Health Services.
Apenti Tamanui-Fransen representing the Faculty of Arts.
Apenti Tamanui-Fransen, Faculty of Arts.
Ngahuia Ormsby from the Faculty of Medical and Health Services.
Ngahuia Ormsby, Faculty of Medical and Health Services.
Tai Stephens representing the Faculty of Engineering.
Tai Stephens, Faculty of Engineering.
Waimirirangi Stone representing the Faculties of Science and Arts.
Waimirirangi Stone, Faculties of Science and Arts.
Noenoe Barclay-Kerr representing the Faculty of Arts.
Noenoe Barclay-Kerr, Faculty of Arts.
Te Ra Hodges-Tai representing the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
Te Ra Hodges-Tai, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
Tamoko Ormsby representing the Faculty of Engineering.
Tamoko Ormsby, Faculty of Engineering.

2016 Great Waka Race


Next year’s Great Waka Race will be held in the second week of March 2016.

As a student of the University of Auckland, you can register your interest to compete in next year's Great Waka Race. Registrations are now open to compete in the 2016 Great Waka Ama Race. Sign up to trial for your faculty or student association team and you could be in Hawaii next September! 

Registrations have been extended and will now close on Saturday 31 October 2015 - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3YL63HW