Te Reo Taiohi

Te Reo Taiohi o Ngā Kaihoe o Aotearoa is our Waka Ama NZ youth advisory group providing a voice for rangatahi who are involved in waka ama in Aotearoa. The purpose of the rōpū is to inform, advise, and provide insights to the Waka Ama NZ Board and Waka Ama NZ office from a rangatahi perspective.

  • Inform, advise, and provide insights to the Waka Ama NZ Board and Waka Ama NZ office from a rangatahi perspective
  • Provide an opportunity for rangatahi across Aotearoa to voice their own experiences and perspectives on waka ama
  • Provide feedback where relevant to the Waka Ama NZ Board and Waka Ama NZ Office
  • In collaboration with Waka Ama NZ, engage in relevant activities and projects
  • Advocate for the rangatahi membership of the sport of Waka Ama in Aotearoa
  • Support the implementation of the Rautaki Rangatahi (youth strategy)

Rautaki Rangatahi

The Waka Ama NZ Rautaki Rangatahi is a Youth Strategy, co-designed with our Te Reo Taiohi rōpū, to contribute to the development of waka ama for rangatahi, as advised by rangatahi. Te Reo Taiohi rōpū contributed to the development of this Rautaki Rangatahi through wānanga, online hui, and feedback via surveys and emails.

The Rautaki Rangatahi is guided by our Waka Ama NZ Strategy and underpinned by our Waka Ama NZ values of Manaakitanga, Whanaungatanga, Hauora, and Tū Tangata.

On average, our yearly affiliated waka ama membership consists of at least 50% under 19. Waka Ama NZ recognises the importance of rangatahi participation and engagement in waka ama, and the ongoing development required to ensure rangatahi needs are being met. This Rautaki Rangatahi sets the direction for Waka Ama NZ to be guided by our rangatahi and their voice.

Waka Ama NZ looks forward to implementing this strategy and continuing our commitment to developing waka ama for rangatahi.

Te Reo Taiohi (2023-2025)

Waka Ama NZ would like to announce our new Te Reo Taiohi rōpū (rōpū tuarua), consisting of 8 rangatahi from around Aotearoa on a two-year voluntary term.

Te Reo Taiohi will meet online bi-monthly to discuss and provide insight into relevant kaupapa, guided by the Rautaki Rangatahi. We are very fortunate to have amazing rangatahi within our sport that are eager to engage in kaupapa like this and be a representative rangatahi voice.

After a successful 2021-2023 Te Reo Taiohi rōpū (rōpū tuatahi), we move into our third year of this kaupapa and look to build on the achievements from the inaugural rōpū. We look forward to engaging with this new rōpū of rangatahi and continue our progress in achieving our Waka Ama NZ Rautaki Rangatahi.

Tuākana Rōpū (2023-2025)

Te Reo Taiohi will be supported by the Tuākana Rōpū and WANZ Project Manager. The Tuākana Rōpū consists of three alumni members of Te Reo Taiohi (rōpū tuatahi).

The Tuākana Rōpū will assist and support Te Reo Taiohi Rōpū activities alongside Waka Ama NZ Project Manager and foster a tuakana-teina relationship with Te Reo Taiohi Rōpū members.

Rangatahi Engagement Survey

The purpose of the survey was to gather insights from a captured audience at the 2023 Waka Ama Secondary School Nationals about Rangatahi Engagement in Waka Ama to further support the implementation of the Waka Ama NZ Rautaki Rangatahi (Youth Strategy).

The survey was conducted digitally on a iPad, led by a Te Reo Taiohi rōpū member, at Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua.

The survey received 100 responses from secondary school aged rangatahi.