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Oldest nanny competes at Waka Ama Nationals

By Taroi Black

Ngahuia Morehu is the oldest competitor at the 2019 Waka Ama National Sprint regatta in Karapiro. As Taroi Black reports the 82 year-old was given a national salute at New Zealand's biggest waka ama annual event. 

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Sports Minister backs waka ama

By Taroi Black

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson attended this year's event in Karāpiro for the first time as Minister and says he would like to support Waka Ama for international purposes. He says he's confident that the sport will continue to get the backing from the current government.

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Day Two sees first winners for Midgets

By Mānia Clarke

Day two on Lake Karāpiro has produced the first winners from the midgets section at the 30th Waka Ama National Sprint Championship.

Te Pahou from YMP Waka Ama are this year's midget W6 boys winners.  While Mareikura Wacky Waka from Marekura Waka Ama won both the W6 and W16.

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Roozendaal aims for single's gold

By Rahia Timutimu

Ash Roozendaal (Ngāti Awa) is on a mission to win the Open Men's singles titles at next weeks National Waka Ama competition. The current title holder is Tupuria King, who has held this title for five straight years and has never been beaten by any other NZ paddler in the 500m race. However, Ash beat Tupu at the worlds, which makes for an interesting competition come next week.
 

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Maketu Hoe Waka to take one single team to Waka Ama Nationals

By Rahia Timutimu

Maketu Hoe Waka, based in the Bay of Plenty place of Maketu, is one of the smallest clubs that will compete at this year’s Waka Ama Nationals. With one team going to represent the entire club.

The team that will paddle under the club is Kaitunaz, an U16 boys’ team, which will compete in two races.

It's a sign that ,despite the low numbers from Maketu, all regions want to be part of the 30th National competition this year.

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World singles silver medalist eyes up team gold

By Rahia Timutimu

Makayla Timoti from Hei Matau is the second-best paddler in her age group in the world for singles, and after an 18-month break from team competitions, she has gone back to try and medal in the team events as well.  Te Kāea travelled to Rotorua to speak to the descendant of Tūhoe.