Haere Mai / Welcome
The Taniwha Outrigger Canoe Club is based on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The club evolved in the 90’s from being both an outrigger (Waka Ama) and a dragon boating club to being a club that has grown into one of the strongest Waka Ama clubs in the country.
The club is lucky enough to have access to two superb paddling venues, Lake Pupuke and Takapuna Beach. Both venues are only minutes from downtown Auckland, and each other, and provide the full range of conditions for all paddlers of varying experience and confidence to enjoy.
Nationally, Waka Ama has enjoyed a significant period of growth in recent years with the National Sprint Championships and the Secondary Schools Nationals being amongst the biggest sporting competitions in New Zealand in terms of team numbers and participants.
The Taniwha club has contributed to that growth and, in 2007, a team within the club, the Grizzlies, successfully established the Takapuna Beach Cup, a 42km long distance race that is now regarded as one of the best races in the Pacific. From an initial fleet of 19 waka in 2007, it quickly evolved into a truly international race with crews from all around the world and attracts race fleets in excess of 95 waka.
The Taniwha club supports and embraces the goals and values of the national Waka Ama body, Nga Kaiohe O Aotearoa (NKOA), and in particular:
Manaakitanga – the practice of reciprocity and inclusivity through sharing of ourselves and our resources, nurturing all people and accepting our differences, Whaunaugatanga – belonging, identity and collective strength, Hauroa – well-being, and Tū Tangata – accountability, respect, integrity & passion.
Those concepts are reflected and incorporated in the club’s strategic vision – PRIDE
People – recruitment and retention
Resources – coaching and equipment
Involvement – culture and relationships
Direction – clear and communicable
Excellence – achievement and recognition
NEWS & UPDATES
Stroke FAST Campaign Message
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
WAKA AMA VOICES
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 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.
Ko Whakapunake te Maunga
Ko Te Wairoa Hōpūpū Hōngenge Matangirau te Awa
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Ngāti Kurupakiaka te hapū
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa te Iwi
Ko Ariana Gordon Glassford tōku ingoa
Ariana shares her experience by where both parents have had a ‘stroke’.
The importance of TIME, to receive medical treatment after having a ‘stroke’ and the effect it has on recovery can be seen in this story.
WAKA AMA VOICE
Ko Tokatoka te Maunga
Ko Kaipara te Awa
Ko Māhuhu ki te rangi te Waka
Ko Te Uri ō Hau Te Hapu
Ko Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara te Iwi
Ko Whitiora Haku tōku ingoa
Paul (Whitiora) is a very competitive waka ama paddler with a passion for life, motivated by whanaungatanga and aroha.
Last year Paul experienced a stroke while working out in a gym with his 14- and 15-year-old sons. The quick action of gym members calling for emergency help, he was able to recover almost immediately. The memory of the ‘stroke’ is still emotional for Paul, as he bears the memory of the grief in the eyes of his two sons.
SUGAR TE PAA
Squad & Training Times
Takapuna Sea Training Site next to Cafe
Lake Pupuke Training Site
Team training times: 5:30am Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6am Saturdays.
Team training times: 5.30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6am Saturdays.
Team training times: 5:30pm Mondays & Wednesdays, 3.30pm Sundays.
Single canoe training: 8am Saturdays
WHY WAKA AMA?
Waka Ama provides a superb opportunity to get fit while enjoying both the company of similarly minded people and the challenges of varying water conditions. It’s a natural blend of competition and culture that is healthy on a number of levels. Paddlers can range in age from 5 to over 75, and although predominantly of Māori and Pacific Islands ethnicity, Waka Ama includes paddlers from very diverse ethnic backgrounds.
WHY TANIWHA OCC?
The Taniwha club is a great illustration of the above. It is composed of a number of training groups that are both competitive and recreational. The club has a strong and progressive administration that is always seeking to develop the club so that it can be enjoyed by all.
Transition from a new paddler to a confident paddler in a crew is undertaken in a structured way by experienced coaches.
WAKA AMA SAFETY
Taniwha Outrigger Canoe Club treats the safety of its members with with upmost importance. We comply with the safety guidelines and rules set out by Waka Ama NZ and Maritime NZ. Click here to access the Maritime NZ Waka Ama Safety rules.
Experienced or not, it doesn't matter. If you'd like to give Waka Ama a go, fill out this form and a member of our committee will get back to you ASAP.