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Ngā Mata o Te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (Sanctioned)


Evans Bay, Wellington Harbour


Sat 23rd Oct 2021


6km & 12km


Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe Club

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Tai Tonga 41 OCC race, Ngā Mata o Te Ariki Tāwhirimātea, has been rescheduled to Saturday 23rd October 2021.

In the world of Māori, Tāwhirimātea is known as the god of wind and weather.  At the time when the world was in darkness, the children of Ranginui the sky father and Papatūānuku earth mother, decided to separate their parents.  When this was done, Tāwhirimātea was so angry and devastated he went to live with his father, and in his sadness he plucked out and crushed his eyes, throwing them to the sky to spread all over his fathers chest and becoming Matariki.  The name Matariki is short for Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea.  The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea.

The theme of this event Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea not only acknowledges the significance and challenges Tāwhirimātea sometimes gifts to waka ama paddlers and other water enthusiasts.  This event also marks rakaunui (full moon), the end of one year and beginning of another.  A time for remembering those who have passed over the last year and releasing their spirits, and a time to celebrate a bountiful future with friends and the communities of waka ama all around the world during these still unprecedented times.  

After a few years break, Tai Tonga 41° Outrigger Canoe Club has returned to celebrate its first year of revival.  They are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with other waka ama clubs, local kayak and canoe clubs with a 12km and 6km course.

Please read the event & covid pānui below.

Important - Only arrive for your race and leave immediately after your race.

Race 1:

W1 - 6km - Open Men, Open Women

W1 - 12km - Open Men, Open Women

Race 2:

W6 - 6km - Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed

W6 - 12km - Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed


6km $15 per person

12km $20 per person

To support our COVID tracing efforts, all entries are to be registered online by your club rep.  Clubs are to make one direct bank payment for all registrations.  Bank details are shown in the members area on registration.

Tai Tonga 41 Outrigging Canoe Club 38-9011-0013609-02  

Please ensure teams arrive and register on time with completed waiver forms

There will be NO late entries.

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