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Puanga Mataariki Sprint Regatta - Anna Pospisil Memorial Day (Subject to Sanctioning)


Lake Ngatu - via Awanui


Fri 24th Jun 2022




Nga Hoe Horo Outrigger Canoe Club

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Name: Nga Hoe Horo Outrigger Canoe Club


E Ngā kahui maunga mai Ōngaro titiro ki a Hinerākei, Hinrākei titro ki a Mākora pā, Mākora pā titiro ki a Whakakoro, tae atu ki ngā awa o Pawarenga e Rere ana, ko Māwhewhe, Rotokākahi, Ngā aue, Whangapē me Awaroa, hara mai te toki, Haumi e! Hui e! Taiki e!

Ngā Hoe Horo Outrigger Canoe Club would like to invite our waka whānau near and far to our Puanga Mataariki Sprint Regatta - Anna Pospisil Memorial Day.

Covid has affected so many of us, and sadly also claimed the life of one of the matriarchs of our club, Anna Pospisil. Anna was a foundation member of Ngā Hoe Horo and Tai Tokerau Polynesian Canoe Association. She was instrumental in our club’s success over the last 35 years.

On June 24th we are taking the opportunity to take back some of what Covid has taken by hosting our annual sprint regatta that was cancelled due to covid restrictions in December and honouring Anna as part of her kawe mate.

Our regatta will open with karakia at 8am, first race starts at 9am. Races for midgets- Master 70’s.
Children are free, adults entries = $10. Anna’s whanau have asked that in honour of Anna’s lifelong commitment to Youth development, all fees/ koha collected will go towards our junior teams heading to London.

We are fortunate to have all the waka we need at Lake ngātū so you don’t need to tow any, just turn up and enjoy your day.

This could be an awesome opportunity for those prepping for World Sprints to get some quality sprint racing in and those who haven’t been on the water for a while to dust off your paddles and come enjoy a day of whanaungatanga.

Our Annual premiere races the Hone Tamati 11 turn race and Wahine Purotu 9 turn race are sure to test the best steerers in the country.

Entries to the wahine purotu are taken from the winner of each 1000m turn race from J19- Golden Master women.

Entries to the Hone Tamati race are taken from the fastest 5 times across the mens 1000m races.

Following our regatta, all are welcome to return to Pawarenga for the welcoming of Anna and her sister Theresa’s ashes onto Ohāki marae for their final night with us before the early paddle and burial on Saturday the 25th.

“Let us build a canoe of the spirit and sail it with courage high into the ocean waters. May it so slice through the waves of injustice, hate, pride & apathy. That all the world will say, yes. This is how a canoe can be sailed. This is how all men, women & children can live together”
-Canon Wi Huata

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