Te Kura Māori o Porirua

(04) 235 9617 tari@kura-porirua.school.nz 392 Warspite Ave, Ascot Park, Porirua 5024

Waka Ama 2021

Waka ama is a major sport in the wharekura.  In 2021 it looks like we will have six teams:

J19 Boys        J19 Girls     2 x J16 Boys       2 x J16 Girls

KAIAKO:  our kura is very fortunate to have excellent, experienced skilled coaches on our staff. Our team of kaimahi for 2021 will consist of Jacob Wilkins-Hodges, Andy Hanara, Keanu Andrews-Sio, Kataraina Taepa-Matakatea and Beau Matakatea. Having this team available enables us to ensure our programme is suited specifically to our tauira and our kura mātāpono.

EQUIPMENT:  The kura provides hoe and life jackets.  We are fortunate enough to have the support of local waka ama clubs who allow us to utilise their waka.  Students are welcome to bring their own hoe if preferred.

The kura has applied for funding to purchase some one-man waka so hopefully this is successful.

COMPETITION: There are two major regattas that the teams compete in: 

  • Hoe Tonga Tonga Secondary Schools Regional Sprint Championships 2021 on 12/03/2021 
  • National Secondary School Waka Ama Championships 2021 23/3-28/3/2021 Rotorua

A practice schedule for all teams will be issued at the beginning of the year once we have confirmed the availability of waka.

COSTS: we are still finalising costs however the following provides a guideline

  • Trip to Rotorua for the National Event generally costs $150.00 per student.  This will cover entry to the event, travel, food and accommodation costs. Spending money is also recommended around $10-$15 a day.
  • Cost for equipment and resources $30.00 - this helps with the repair or replacement of equipment damaged during training and also provides a koha to the clubs for the use of the waka.
  • Entry to Regional event $ 25.00
  • Waka Ama singlet $45.00  (only purchase if necessary)


FUNDRAISING:  the rōpū has one major fundraising activity which involves kaihoe collecting sponsorship and then completing a 10km hoe.  These funds are put towards reducing the total cost of the student fees.

Another fundraiser is often held at the regional event with whānau selling kai during the day.

The kura also applies for grants and sponsorship to further support the programme.

Whānau can order Waka Ama singlets through the following link.

Hingareti Waka Ama