It's been a mixed week for Vaka Manu, they won the W12 500m title but missed out on the W6 1500m final.
Vaka Manu were the fastest qualifiers for their final with rivals Pineula next to them in lane two but Vaka Manu was paddling at another level to defend their title.
Vaka Manu is more than just a team, they're brothers to each other and they're ecstatic to finish the nationals on a high.
According to Brad Anderson, “It’s massive to have two boys get their first gold medal in a 500.
Tommy and Kimmy, to pull them in and back them and trust them and know that they'll do a good job, and they obviously did and come through."