What's happened: The Great Waka Ama Race

Congrats to the Engineering Eagles on winning their third straight full-expenses paid trip to Hawaii!

The Engineering Eagles have won the University's annual Great Waka Ama Race for the third consecutive year, earning the coveted expenses-paid trip to compete in Hawaii.

The Science Spartans came in second place, followed by the FMHS Seabass. On the return run on Rangitoto, the Science, FMHS, and Law Faculty teams were all back-to-back, with the final stint on the water deciding who would make it to the podium. 

Although the Engineering team won by over nine minutes, veteran Engineering paddler Georgia Naera commented that the hardest part of the race was paddling back to Takapuna. The weather conditions varied throughout the day, but the rain and wind picked up as the teams were heading down Rangitoto Island. Fellow Engineering paddler Nona Taute said they had practised in various weather conditions throughout their training, which could have helped them have an upper hand over the competition on race day.

This was the first year that other universities took part in the Great Waka Ama Race. The University of Waikato and Auckland University of Technology were able to experience this rigorous University event. Spectators on the beach and people at home could track the teams during the race, tracking their progress via DotVision technology.

The Engineering team will soon begin training and preparations for the world's largest outrigger canoe race, the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race. There they will paddle 30km in open water and the unforgiving heat off the coast of Kona, as well as compete in relay sprints. The team hope to defend their gold medal from last year's event.

The team discusses how they won this all-expenses paid trip to comepte in Hawaii on the NZ Herald's ANZ Sports Scene

Placing Team name Time
1st Engineering 1:40:14
2nd Science 1:49:30
3rd Medical and Health Science (FMHS) 1:50:58
4th Law 1:52:51
5th Waikato University 1:59:23
6th Nga Tauira Maori (NTM) 2:00:02
7th Education and Social Work 2:07:52
8th Turangawaewae (Club team) 2:09:07
9th AUT University 2:14:19

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