Whakatū Marae Waka Ama programme has been operating for 6 years through our Marae based Whānau Ora Services. Our Kaupapa Māori service is aimed at providing support to rangatahi at risk and their whānau.
Te Ara Tika (pathway forward) is a vehicle to help at risk young people to gain confidence on the water, build their leadership skills, self-awareness and tikanga Māori. Some of the skills rangatahi will learn: paddle waka ama efficiently, team work, learn karakia, introduce themselves in Māori, rig a waka ama canoe, take responsibility for their actions and more.
Te Ara Tika is for rangatahi who have been described as ‘at risk’, rangatahi selected by schools and should show medium to high risk factors to participate. This programme is not designed as a form of punishment or reward.
Whakatū Marae supports the Whakatū Marae Waka Ama. The Club was established to continue the Waka Ama kaupapa in a more competitive vein, supporting paddlers of all ages to learn, participate, and compete.
The kaupapa of Whakatū Marae Waka Ama was established to support:
whānau to learn Waka Ama paddling, and to enjoy its family orientation and healthy lifestyle
the development of rangatahi through involvement in outrigger navigation and the positive lifestyle choices
the revival of our voyaging relationship with the oceans, an heirloom of our polynesian heritage
partnership with Whakatū Marae and local schools to support rangatahi to learn the sport in preparation for more intense club activity
Whakatū Marae has a fleet of seven Waka; Te Aorere (6 man), Te Raukawakawa (6 man), Rotorua (2 man), Totaranui (6 man), Kenepuru (6 man), Rotoiti (1 man).