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Va'a World Sprints

Te Kāea reporter Rahia Timutimu is covering this year's Va'a World Sprints being held in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, South America.  

Click here for her updates, and other related waka ama stories.

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#WakaWorlds - The Green and Gold Māori

By Peata Melbourne

When eyes first meet the paddlers from Redcliffe, there’s no mistaking their Māori origins.  Naturally, the assumption is they, like the rest of the 500-odd strong contingent from Aotearoa, are in Tahiti paddling for their country.  But it’s the green and gold tops they flaunt that confuses the onlooker.

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#WakaWorlds - Kiwis relishing the Tug-of-War with Tahitians

By Peata Melbourne

Marama Elkington's win was celebrated with a haka by whānau and friends after beating long-time Tahitian champion Hinatea Bernadino in the Open Women 500m Sprint today.  With only a tenth of a second between Elkington and Bernadino, supporters cried tears of joy as the humble paddler was welcomed through the holding tent met with hugs and kisses.