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.


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.

Expressions of Interest

We are now seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to be a part of this rōpū. In order to be eligible for consideration individuals must meet the following criteria:
  • Can work with other people and in a team
  • Be proactive and committed to representing their perspectives
  • Be approachable and an effective communicator
  • Commit to the meeting schedule (between 4 to 6 a year)
  • Attend at least three of the four meetings per year
  • Be able to travel to attend meetings and relevant activities (if required)
​The expression of interest (EOI) form can be found here:

EOI Form

EOI's will close on Monday 16th of October. Once the EOI submissions are closed, a Waka Ama NZ sub-committee made up of WANZ Staff, the WANZ Board and external members will confirm the rōpū members.


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