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Proudly supported by

Event Sponsor ACC New Zealand

Have you visited our friends in the ACC Whānau Zone? Located next to the Don Rowlands Centre, they’ve got shade, sunscreen, bug spray, huarākau (fruit) and games and activities to keep our littlest whānau members occupied. Make sure you go and say hi. 

Did you know ACC supports access to Rongoā Māori? If you want to learn more about how rongoā can be a part of your rehabilitation head down and have a chat with the ACC kaimahi or Rongoā practitioners at the ACC Whānau Zone located next to the Don Rowlands Centre.


W1 Dash Event Sponsor STROKE Foundation


The F.A.S.T. campaign encourages everyone to learn the key signs of stroke and to think F.A.S.T.,
act fast and look out for each other by calling 111 if they suspect a stroke. Prompt action can save
lives - as well as improve recovery.
Recognise the symptoms of a stroke.
FACE Is their face drooping on one side? Can they smile?
ARM Is one arm weak? Can they raise both arms?
SPEECH Is their speech jumbled or slurred? Can they speak at all?
TAKE ACTION Waea atu ki 111 / Call 111 immediately.
If any of the signs of stroke are recognised, don’t wait, call 111
Even if the symptoms go away quickly or don’t cause pain you should call 111 immediately.

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W12 Event Sponsor Mahi a Atua

Mahi a Atua invests in our future by sponsoring young indigenous children and promoting the inherent rights of indigenous peoples to bring their cultural identity into all the spaces we occupy. This year Mahi a Atua are sponsoring the Intermediate Men and Intermediate Women W12.

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W12 Event Sponsor National Hauora Coalition

National Hauora Coalition is a Māori Healthcare Provider, on a mission to even up the playing field for whānau. Our purpose is to connect whānau with programmes and resources that cater to their hauora needs and aspirations, resulting in better health and social outcomes for everyone. We know that the decisions and actions of today will impact the lives of generations tomorrow. 

That starts with our rangatahi, NHC has been a proud sponsor of Waka Ama for the past four years, and this year we are excited to sponsor and tautoko the J16 W12 paddlers with prizemoney for the top 3 teams 1st place $500, 2nd place $300 and 3rd place $200.– our future leaders prospering in te Ao Māori and thriving in te Taiao. Mana Whānau, Whānau Ora! #mokopunadecisions

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Gold Clam Management at Karāpiro

As kaitiaki of our roto and awa we are emphasizing the importance of following the Check, Clean, Dry
steps for our Waka Ama whānau to ensure we do not spread Golden clams or any other invasive
species in our waterways. 

As per the rules at Lake Karāpiro, all waka, life jackets/PFDs, clothing and footwear will need to be washed before leaving Lake Karāpiro, to ensure we do not spread the species to other waterways around the mōtu. There will be dedicated wash stations set up for waka, ama and kiato in the loading bay area. In addition, there will be dunking bins (with diluted bleach) for life jackets/PFDs, clothing, and footwear along the exit pathway. Please ensure all paddlers comply with the volunteer’s directions to protect our waterways.

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Sprint Nationals Hawaiian After Party

Sprint Nationals After Party - purchase your tickets online now!

Come and celebrate after an amazing week of racing at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals Hawaiian After Party! It will be held onsite at the Don Rowlands Centre on Saturday (20th) from 8:00 pm until midnight! 
Tickets are $20, you can pre-order online, or buy at the admin desk onsite at the event or the door. There are limited tickets so don’t miss out!
Approved ID will need to be presented at the door for young people 18+ to enter the social i.e. Current driver's licence, passport, 18+ Card or Kiwi Access Card. NOT your Waka Ama ID card.

We are excited to welcome the band TINCITY to Lake Karāpiro!

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