Nelson Leader : October 31st 2013
creative fundraiser P14 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013 INSIDE Cooking up a Arts task Former Nelson Arts Festival director Annabel Norman is off on a new Pacific arts adventure – this time to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. – p3. Overseas adventure: Wakaamapaddlers Te Ngahuru Taituha, right, Natana Nelson, Abel Johnston, Jamie Payn, Neihana Broughton, Hayden Payn head off for a training paddle from the marina at Port Nelson. The paddlers will all be competing in a wakaamaevent in Rarotonga. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER Raro racing calls wakaamacrews Y By SALLY KIDSON oung Nelson waka ama paddlers have been busy on and off the water preparing to take part in a ‘‘huge’’ competition in Rarotonga. The Nelson-based Maitahi Out- rigger Canoe Club is taking two teams to compete in Rarotonga in the 10th Vaka Evia waka ama competition from November 22 to 29. Waka ama, or outrigger canoes, are an integral part of the culture of Pacific people and the development of waka ama can be traced to the period of early Polynesian voyaging. Coach Graham Payn said a jun- ior team from Nelson called Wai So Serious and a senior team The Mamas and The Papas were travelling from Nelson to Rarotonga later this month. Graham said the senior team was made up of a lot of parents of the junior team who were dragged into a team. ‘‘If you are coming you may as well be paddling,’’ he says. Graham says this year’s Vaka Evia is the 10th anniversary and would be huge with more than 1000 paddlers competing. ‘‘There is a big representation from New Zealand and international teams from Hawaii and Australia and teams from all the islands.’’ The competition was based at Avarua, on Rarotonga with races also at Muri Lagoon. Graham said a mixed team from Motueka and Nelson went to the competition in 2009 and he went in a South Island team last year. But as this year was the 10th anniversary he decided to take the under-16 team to experience the culture of waka ama. The teams have been busy on and off the water; training and fundraising to get to the event. Graham said it had to raise $20,000 and still had about $7000 to go. The group is holding a fundraising quiz night next Friday, CONTINUED Page 2 In the hot seat A packed city council chamber saw Nelson’s first woman mayor, Rachel Reese, sworn in this week. – p2. November 8, at the Suter Art Gallery. Graham says Nelson is an amazing place to get into the sport of waka ama. As well as the obvious benefits of getting off the couch and taking part in a physical activity there were other reasons why it was a great sport. Paddlers got fit, enjoyed the outdoors and challenged themselves. They also learnt about and were challenged by the ocean and its changing conditions. Graham, who has been coaching for 10 years and paddling for 12, says it is great watching people Final word The Mouth of the Makos gives the inside take on the thrilling rugby final on Friday night. – P28.
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