Te Rōpū Whaikaha o Ngā Kaihoe o Aotearoa

Waka Ama NZ Disability Working Group

Waka Ama NZ is proud to establish Te Rōpū Whaikaha o Ngā Kaihoe o Aotearoa (Waka Ama NZ Disability Working Group) for our Waka Ama whānau. Te Rōpū Whaikaha will be a working group providing a voice for tāngata whaikaha (people with disabilities) who are involved in waka ama in Aotearoa. This working group, alongside Waka Ama NZ, will assist in increasing the access to, and participation in, waka ama for tāngata whaikaha in Aotearoa.

2024 Te Rōpū Whaikaha

Ngā mihi maioha ki koutou, ngā mema o Te Rōpū Whaikaha! Waka Ama NZ is proud to announce the following members of the inaugural Te Rōpū Whaikaha. This rōpū will be supported by Waka Ama NZ Staff - Amiria Mita-Marshall (General Manager) and Aroha Lynch (Events Manager)


The purpose of Te Rōpū Whaikaha is to:
  • Provide an opportunity for tāngata whaikaha to voice their own experiences and perspectives on waka ama in New Zealand and advocate on behalf of the Waka Ama tāngata whaikaha membership.
  • Inform, advise, and provide feedback and insights to Waka Ama NZ Staff and the Board from a tāngata whaikaha perspective
  • Advocate on behalf of the Waka Ama tāngata whaikaha membership throughout New Zealand
  • Create and implement a Rautaki Whaikaha (Disability Plan) for Waka Ama in Aotearoa in collaboration with Waka Ama NZ
  • Where necessary, provide delivery assistance for the Rautaki Whaikaha

Terms of Reference

Waka Ama NZ has drafted the terms of reference* which can be found attached at the bottom of this page
*Please note these terms of reference are a draft and will be confirmed and formally adopted once the rōpū is established.


If you require any further information or have any questions, please contact [email protected]