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.
Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou
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