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;
- 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);
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