Story: Waka ama – outrigger canoeing

Sprint races, Karāpiro, 2014

This clip from the Māori-language TV programme Te karere shows the 2014 national waka ama sprint races, held at Lake Karāpiro. The commentator explains that the first race shown is the final of the men's 12-person sprints, and describes the winners' spokesperson (the first interviewee) as a world champion, but one who acknowledges the other competitors present. Auckland leads during the women's twelves' final. A  total of 1,700 paddlers took part in this competition, the largest number to date.

The third paddler interviewed explains, speaking in Māori, that 'it's important to keep endurance despite being exhausted and worn out, but you push that aside and remain resolute. Although your body is weak and tired you must remain strong. You have to exercise the upper part of your body, like your chest and shoulders, so that they are fit for paddling, but it's also important that your whole body is fit.' In preparation for the races to determine the ranking for the following year's competition, she says, 'With determination and perseverance, you'll achieve your goals.'

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Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, 'Waka ama – outrigger canoeing - Contemporary waka ama', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, published 5 Sep 2013