Skip Content
Waka wananga banner 2017

More than 200 waka ama tauira will converge on Huntly this weekend as the sixth Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Wananga is held.

Waka Wānanga is an internal waka regatta for tauira to achieve the event management component of their programme. 

Kaiārahi Brendon Morgan says Waka Wānanga was first held in 2012 and has grown in popularity each year it has been held.

The event brings together tauira from the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa sites where waka programmes are taught.

At this year’s Waka Wānanga, Level 4 tauira from Tāmaki, Mangakōtukutuku, Tauranga, Heretaunga and Porirua will join Level 5 tauira from Mangakōtukutuku and Heretaunga.

Level 4 tauira will take part in sprint racing and waka kōpapa, along with on-land challenges, while the Level 5 tauira will take part in a 30km race on the Waikato River from Huntly to Ngāruawahia and back. It will be the first time the long distance race has been held.

Included on the on-land challenges are a Coastguard Day Skipper challenge, waka erg competitions and a water survival component. 

Those attending the event will be housed at marae in the Rāhui Pōkeka area and the Huntly campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. 

Heretaunga are the current holders of the mauri of Waka Wānanga, Tangi Te Kura after finishing top in last year’s event. 

The long distance race begins at 10.30am Friday while on Saturday racing begins at 9.30am at Lake Puketerini in Huntly.

 
 Back to news & events

Published On:

Article By:



Other Articles

  • 22 May, 2020

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and the TEC renew commitment to partnership

    The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) have renewed their commitment to work together in a partnership that is based upon Te Tiriti o Waitangi and focused on learners across Aotearoa.

  • 8 May, 2020

    Dante writes a bright future

    Italian poet Dante was famous for his vision of hell. Dante O’Driscoll from Patetonga is eyeing a far more rosy future, with help from the Waikato-based Youth Services team at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

  • 23 April, 2020

    Research leads to push for recognition

    A Te Wānanga o Aotearoa masters tauira is on a mission to see Pasifika Coastwatchers formally recognised for their efforts during WWII.

  • 3 April, 2020

    Māori business accelerator announces 2020 cohort

    Kōkiri is pleased to announce the successful Māori-led start-ups invited to participate in the 2020 programme. Nine technology-focused start-ups from a wide range of industries such as legal services, digital language learning, agri-tech and power generation make up the new cohort.