Kia ora

Welcome to the Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club website. Our passion is outrigger canoeing, also known in New Zealand as “waka ama” and in the wider South Pacific region as “va’a”.

Our club is based in sunny Nelson, a paddling paradise in New Zealand. We’re lucky enough to have the sea right on our doorstep, with the sheltered waters of Tasman Bay providing an ideal spot for outrigging.


We paddle waka ama because…

We want to get fit, have fun, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy other people’s company, challenge ourselves… and lots of other reasons. For many of us outrigger paddling speaks to us spiritually and culturally, which is why our club has strong cultural values. Outrigger canoeing also appeals because of its emphasis on teamwork, respect and co-operation. For all these reasons waka ama is one of the fastest growing watersports in the Pacific Rim.


Come and join us!

Our club caters for all ages and abilities, so you’re welcome to join us whether you’re interested in a leisurely recreational paddle or competitive racing. If you’re keen to give it a go, please contact us.

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Maitahi Membership form

You can either download the Word document, enter the information and attach it to an email to the treasurer.  Alternatively you can print the pdf, fill it in manually and put it in the red bucket in the club shed for collection.  Please transfer payments electronically or deposit at SBS, as detailed on the form.

Membership form (PDF)

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