Tuakau’s Waka Ama paddlers have come back stronger than ever and shown that despite the challenges thrown at them, they’re ready to overcome.
The boys’ crew placed second at the Waka Ama nationals held at Lake Karapiro from 15-20 January. After having three waka burnt in an arson attack in Tuakau late last year, the crew were stuck at a critical time for training, without a boat.
Thankfully, two waka were loaned from Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Te Toki Voyaging Trust, to allow the paddlers to maintain their training schedule.
This year, more than 3000 paddlers took part in the Waka Ama Nationals. Tuakau’s crew are coached by Tammy Potini and Nathan Poroa.