The Great Waka Ama Race 2019

The annual Great Waka Ama Race sees students paddle for the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii!

The Great Waka Ama race combines paddling and running across Auckland’s iconic surroundings. Teams paddle from Takapuna beach to Rangitoto Island then run to the volcano’s summit before paddling back across the ocean. 

This year a record of 12 teams entered in the Great Waka Ama Race. There were eight University of Auckland faculty teams, two University of Auckland student association teams, one AUT team and one team from Kaipara College.

Teams started and finished at Takapuna Beach, paddling five kilometres from Takapuna to Rangitoto Island, running a total of eight kilometres to the summit and back, then paddling back to Takapuna Beach. Kaipara College took out the win closely followed by FMHS in second and Engineering in third.

FMHS were the first UoA team to cross the finish line and will represent the University of Auckland at the Queen Lili’uokalanai Canoe Race in Hawaii later in the year. They will compete in three different races across the weekend with the main race being the 18 mile 6-person race which is the largest outrigger canoe race in the world in terms of crews/ competitors.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Great Waka Ama Race and good luck to FMHS in Hawaii.

Official results    
1st Kaipara College 1:39.51
2nd FMHS 1:40.35
3rd Engineering 1:45.09
4th Business 1:47.06
5th Law 1:48.02
6th NTM 1:49.28
7th Science 1:50.45
8th Education and Social Work 1:52.01
9th Arts 2:10.08
10th AUT 1:12.19
11th Creative Arts and Industries 2:19.04
12th SPIES 2:22.19