Resources for Paddlers

OC6 Waka Ama at Tahunanui Beach Nelson

Resources for Paddlers

For waka gear

Our locals:

Shane @ Kite Surf Nelson shop & Raglan Roast Cafe (for Quick Blade paddles, Vikobi pfds, good coffee and more)
Big Blue Dive & Fish (boots & gloves)


Kialoa Paddles from Rob Smith @
Tai Paddles from Conan and Lana @

Fibreglass Repairs:

Committee 2017/2018

President: Charmaine Payn
Vice President: John Young
Treasurer: Julie Marriott
Secretary: Jan Blythe

Committee members:
Zoe Horvath (Past President)
Katie Thurston
Kilmeny Stevens
Tony Davies
Chris Sheldon
Jeff Neilson

Waka Ama NZ (NKOA)

Nga Kaihoe O Aotearoa (Waka Ama New Zealand) is the national governing body for Waka Ama in New Zealand.

Te Waka O Aoraki (TWOA)

Te Waka O Aoraki is the South Island regional body for waka ama.
TWOA on Facebook


We say Karakia at the start and end of each paddle to ensure our Tupuna (ancestors) give protection, wisdom and strength to all those involved. Respect also underpins everything we do in our sport - respect for our waka, respect for each other and for the surroundings we are blessed to train and compete in.

Download the words to our karakia

Listen to the karakia for pronounciation

Whakataka te Hau


Check out these OC6 paddling technique articles. At the bottom of each article is a link to the next one.

The following videos by Corina Gage are also well worth watching.