Matahi Brightwell

One of the founders of the sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Matahi’s vision was for Waka Ama to spread across the land and become common in every community in Aotearoa. He started the first club in Gisborne, New Zealand (Mareikura) and was the first President of our organisation.

His vision, shared with Kris, Pili and others, has been the back bone of our sport’s growth. He has attended every National Sprint Championship since 1990 and has continued to assist and develop new clubs around the country.  From the start of the 1st club there are now over 90 clubs throughout the land, from Kaitaia to Invercargill - an awesome achievement!

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

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