EXTENDED: Waka Ama New Zealand Appointed Board Member Applications extended till Friday 6th December

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Applications for a Waka Ama NZ Appointed Board Member position are now open

Waka Ama New Zealand are currently seeking applications for one (1) appointed Board Member. Applications close Friday 29th November. 

Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa, (Waka Ama New Zealand) Inc is the non-profit national sporting organisation for the sport of Waka Ama in New Zealand. The organisation’s current structure has been in place since October 2011 and the last eight years have been extremely positive for our sport.

The first eight years of our the Waka Ama New Zealand Board has established a sound structure in governance and management that will ensure our organisation can continue to keep up with the growth of our sport and provide our membership and our future membership with opportunities that ensure we achieve our long term vision.

25 Year Vision:

To realise Waka Ama's professional, participatory and financial potential. In the year 2035, future generations will have a sport where:
“Waka Ama is a heavyweight in the Aotearoa/New Zealand sporting psyche and is recognised as a global leader and significant influencer in the sport, nationally and internationally. It is the largest water sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand . The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured and intrinsic to the sport... … Waka Ama is a sport in all schools… We’ve won gold at multiple significant global events from IVF World Sprint and Distance Championships to Molokai Hoe… There are record crowds at races in Aotearoa/New Zealand… Our sport is in demand by the media … Aotearoa/New Zealand is leading the way in developing safe and fair race standards across the world… Clubs are thriving… Our National Office is financially self-sufficient, our national officers are salaried staff and our elite paddlers are professionals…Waka Ama is a New Zealand Sport accessible to all New Zealanders.… Waka Ama Aotearoa/New Zealand is used as a model for other NSOs for our systems, technology, event management and structure, which epitomises cultural inclusivity, integrity, excellence & mana.”

The Board is made up of four (4) elected board members and three (3) appointed Board members. We are currently calling for applications for one (1) appointed position.

We are seeking a Board member who will take an active involvement in the sport’s governance body and in the best interests of its membership as a whole.

All Applicants must be honest, reliable, trustworthy and comfortable to ‘walk and talk’ the values of our sport:


We encourage the practice of reciprocity through sharing of ourselves and our resources, nurturing all people and accepting our differences.


Is our sense of belonging, identification and collective strength, not only through kinship but being related to all within the Waka Ama community.


We support and promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all our participants.

Tu Tangata:

We are accountable for our actions. We have respect for each other, our waka and our environment. We stand proud in our integrity and passion.

Applications can be received from any individual. They do not need be a member of a waka ama club. 

Please apply in writing via the attached form and include all relevant references to admin@wakaama.co.nz by Friday 6th December 2019 (Extended)

The Process of appointment shall be carried out as per the Constitution: http://www.wakaama.co.nz/content/page/8/attachments/Waka_Ama_NZ_Constitution_January_2013.pdf
Should you have any questions please contact admin@wakaama.co.nz

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