Affiliated Members Value Proposition

Value Proposition for Waka Ama Club Members: “What does my affiliation fee get me?”

Where does my Affiliation fee go? – Your affiliation fee ($15 for an adult, $12 for a Junior and $5 for an intermediate and Midget) goes to Waka Ama New Zealand.

What is it used for? - Your affiliation fee helps us to administer the sport and provide you, your club and your region with all of the services, administration and operations below and more! 

101 benefits of your affiliation fee:

  1. Being part of sport for the whole whanāu
  2. Being part of the fastest growing water sport in Aotearoa
  3. Ability to be a club affiliated to a National Sporting Organisation recognised by Sport NZ 
  4. Ability to be a paddler affiliated to a club 
  5. Waka Ama NZ Website - One of the most up to date sports websites in New Zealand 
  6. Club listing on the website
  7. Club Access to the website Members Area to monitor and administer affiliations and id cards
  8. Club Access to online entries for Sanctioned Events listed on the calendar
  9. Club Access to online entries for National events listed on the calendar 
  10. Eligible to take part in IVF World Sprints (according to criteria being met)
  11. Recognition by the National Sporting Body for funding purposes. Letters of support for funding available to all affiliated clubs
  12. Continual improvement and development of website and technical services
  13. Use of the Club Tool Kit
  14. Safety Rules developed in conjunction with Maritime NZ
  15. Sanctioning process for all events – provides guidelines and criteria for hosting events
  16. Safety Guidelines and Rules for events
  17. Access to heavily reduced Public liability insurance through sanctioning
  18. Legally reviewed Safety Waivers and Safety Documents
  19. Free online entries set up and admin support for sanctioned events hosted by clubs and regions
  20. Monthly members prize draw (sees 3 affiliated paddlers every month win prizes)
  21. Exclusive deals offered by our Suppliers and/or Sponsors
  22. Sprint National races screened on Maori TV
  23. Easy to understand Safety Videos – Specific for Waka Ama (Tips and Tricks)
  24. Paddling Video and Booklet resource on Website
  25. Free Steering Clinics for affiliated members
  26. Free Rigging Clinics for affiliated members
  27. Access to Coaching Clinics – (Roll-out 2015)
  28. Waka Ama Flip and Float sessions
  29. Templates for training schedules and regular development tips on Website (commencing 2014)
  30. Para Waka Ama pathway
  31. Free workshop for Pocket Timer Pro use
  32. ‘How to’ Guide for Pocket Timer Pro developed and available on website
  33. Waka Ama NZ Facebook page managed and updated regularly
  34. Free advertising for affiliated members to sell their canoes on the waka ama new Zealand website/facebook
  35. Waka Ama New Zealand Board – Providing sound and professional governance
  36. Access to the 25 Year strategic vision for the sport
  37. Help with strategic plan development
  38. Access to advice on financial accountability and sound financial management
  39. Affiliated Club voting process for Board elections
  40. Affiliated paddlers can take part in National Sprint Championship Events at Karapiro
  41. Access to a world class race course owned and provided by Waka Ama NZ
  42. Affiliated paddlers can take part in National Long Distance Championships (Organised in conjunction with host Regions)
  43. Affiliated paddlers can take part in all sanctioned events
  44. All sanctioned events meet a safety standard
  45. Access to New Zealand Post Sponsorship – Providing branded product for all paddlers at National Sprint Championship and National Secondary School Championship - waterproof pouch, bags, hats, Kete, drinks bottles, bailers etc…
  46. Medals awarded at National events
  47. Involvement in a national selection process for World Sprints events
  48. Co-ordination of World Sprints Teams
  49. The uniform provided to World Sprints paddlers
  50. Advocacy and leadership for the sport at an International level
  51. Marketing and promotion of Waka Ama through the NZ Post PR company
  52. A strong relationship with Water Safety New Zealand
  53. Water Safety information available online
  54. Increasing awareness of Water Safety & PFD’s
  55. Professional administration of the organisation/sport
  56. Access to the Waka Ama New Zealand office to assist and answer any questions you have
  57. Club membership database management system for clubs
  58. Paperless invoicing for clubs
  59. Xero Accounting package software available to regions
  60. Free professional photos from all major events (Taken by Garrick Cameron – All available to download free from our website – if you wish for higher res versions simply contact us we will send to you.
  61. Waka TV – A collection of YOU TUBE videos all featuring waka ama
  62. Waka Ama Twitter – Managed access
  63. Waka Ama History – The history of our sport documented for all to enjoy
  64. Historical results of events
  65. Strategic planning assistance for regions & clubs
  66. Access to a constitution template for new clubs (Available from 2014)
  67. Comprehensive Race Rules and Review process
  68. Event templates
  69. Waka Ama Tikanga Booklet (available from 2015)
  70. Outward Bound Scholarships available for all affiliated members to apply for annually
  71. Collaboration with International Federations to provide access to events like Gubbi Gubbi in Australia.
  72. Organisation of the National Secondary School Championships (In conjunction with Te Waiariki Purea Trust)
  73. Access to international event information via the waka ama website
  74. Discounted Life Jackets through RFD for Affiliated clubs and members
  75. A point of access to other clubs in other regions when you are travelling to different regions and want to go for a paddle but don’t know where to go or who to go to
  76. Legal advice related to waka ama business
  77. Access to Sport NZ and its resources
  78. Access to regional sports bodies
  79. Access to become a Waka Ama volunteer and upskill in various roles at a club, regional or national level
  80. Volunteers acknowledged at National events
  81. Have input on events by completing the online surveys
  82. Access for clubs to Waka Ama NZ staff presentations at Regional Meetings twice yearly
  83. Easy online access for a paddler to check their affiliation status
  84. Comprehensive Race Calendar for paddlers
  85. Flexible affiliation across 1 or more clubs to maximise regatta opportunities
  86. Governance development for regions and clubs
  87. Steering information for beginners on website
  88. Officiating and admin up skilling
  89. Assistance with race management (advice in lead up to events)
  90. Para Waka Ama Equipment development and resources for clubs.
  91. Waka Ama Flip & Float Certificates (Roll out 2014)
  92. Development of Unique Waka Ama Coaching Pathway
  93. Management of race calendar on behalf of regions, clubs and paddlers
  94. Unique ID Card designs
  95. Opportunity to share your paddling stories via the website
  96. Certification of Waka Ama Safety Basics through Coast Guard Boating education
  97. Waka Ama NZ support for nominations to various sports awards, nationally and regionally
  98. Advocacy for the sport at a National level
  99. Advocacy of the sport Internationally
  100. Online database of membership Statistics – Used by clubs for funding applications, students for assignments etc.
  101. Being officially part of the best sport in New Zealand!

Is there Value for Money? Value for money is often relative to what else you can get for the same amount of money (Opportunity Cost). If you chose not to be a member of a waka ama club then you could spend that $15, $12 or $5 national affiliation fee on other items or services. For example $15 could buy you 3 coffees in Auckland, or 1 Hoyts movie ticket.

We are always looking for ways to increase the value you get, and the things we can offer our members as well as ways to make club administrators jobs easier.

For the full list and more information please see attached document


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