Ace Cuthers


In 1985, Ace voyaged with Matahi on the great Hawaiki Nui Voyage. Along with Louise Henderson, he was a founder of the Tamaki and Aratika outrigger canoe clubs. He was unwavering in his support of Waka Ama and coached thousands of paddlers over a twenty year period.

For many many years Ace could be found in the middle of our nationals race course, holding start flags and ensuring starts were fair for all. Always with a smile and a kind word for all, Ace often worked behind the scenes, out of view of any limelight. Ace’s contributions to our sport have been immense, and he is still clearly visible at our Nationals when we present the Ace Cuthers memorial Trophy to clubs who epitomise the values of our sport and the values which Ace lived by daily.

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

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