The Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club aims to promote waka ama (outrigger canoeing) as a recreational, social and cultural activity, and competitive team sport.
We’re based in Nelson, which is in the top of the South Island, in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
We have lots of different crews, paddling at different times of the day on the local harbour, Nelson Haven. Our club owns two six-person canoes and two two-person canoes, which we keep at the Nelson Marina in Akersten St.(link to contact us page)
Our club was formed in 2001 and our name is derived from the river now known as the Maitai. The Maitai River flows into Nelson Haven.
Our club's committee consists of:President - Peter Bywater VP - Russell O'Donnell Club Captain - Marty Clark Treasurer - Sally Grimmet Secretary - Julie Marriott Ross Benbow Pip Jenkins Rongomai FlavellCharmaine Payn
Contact details can be found on the Contacts page.
We offer a couple of free ‘getting started’ paddles to introduce you to waka ama. If you decide you’d like to paddle on a regular basis, we’ll endeavour to place you in a crew as places become available. Alternatively, you may want to paddle on a more casual basis, filling in when crew members are away. The club provides lifejackets and paddles for beginners.
If you’d like to join, or find out more, you’ll find our membership form and contact details here.
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