Bay of Islands Waka Festival

More than 150 paddlers from Waitakere to Kaitaia took part in the inaugural Bay of Islands Waka Ama Festival on Ti Beach in Waitangi over the weekend

Saturday’s events included a relay of four legs of 5km each (won by Ngati Rehia’s Seven Kidneys team, so called because one of the four paddlers gave up a kidney for a sick family member), midget races for the youngest paddlers, and mid-distance races (6km and 10km) in the W6 class.


On Sunday W6 were to complete a 25km race but due to conditions the course changed and it was 23km, this race is called Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri, a race founded 25 years ago by waka ama legend Kris Kjelsden and revived after a 17-year absence.  


Competitors for the Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri race were;

Team Toots (masters men, Parihaka Waka Ama Club, Whangarei)

Team Kina (Mitamitiaga o le Pasefika Va’a-alo Canoe Club, Tutukaka

Team Miti (masters women, Mitamitiaga)

Fat Oysters (J19,  Kaihoe o Ngati Rehia, Te Tii)

ACDC (senior masters men, Ngati Rehia)

Terminal Velocity (senior masters men, Ngati Rehia)

Guns n Roses (senior masters mixed, Waitakere Outrigger Canoe Club, Auckland)

Tai Tokerau Women (golden masters women, Ngati Rehia)

Make It Up (open women, Ngati Rehia).

 

Place getters were;

  1. Team Toots (masters men, Parihaka Waka Ama Club, Whangarei);
  2. Team Kina (Mitamitiaga o le Pasefika Va’a-alo Canoe Club, Tutukaka);
  3. Team Miti (masters women, Mitamitiaga);
  4. Fat Oysters (J19,  Kaihoe o Ngati Rehia, Te Tii);


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Updated: Apr 12, 2017