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Matariki Festival - Hoe Matariki

When: Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 8.00am
Where:Parua Bay, Whangarei
Entry and Tickets:Free to come along, watch and enjoy
Event Contact:Club email: parihakawakaama@gmail.com

 Matariki is also a time of new beginnings.  The Hoe Matariki regatta encourages rangatahi and novice paddlers to participate, to try this as a new sport and promote healthy lifestyles.  Waka Ama is the fastest growing team sport in secondary schools. The numbers in attendance have certainly grown with clubs/ individual paddlers coming from as far as Raglan, Tauranga, Kirikiriroa, Tamaki and Te Tai Tokerau.

Hoe Matariki promotes the practice of waka ama and the associated tikanga, values and health benefits to be passed on from the experienced paddlers to the less experienced and from Māori to non-Māori.  Waka ama is not limited or exclusive to Maori and the club has a mix of pakeha and pacific island members so this also gives the opportunity to include, show and educate them in that which is intrinsic to maori ie; manaaki, awhi, aroha and whanangatanga and traditions of karakia, mihi whakatau. It provides an opportunity for members and public to be informed about the significance of Matariki.

The event is open for all to participate in no matter the level of fitness or experience in waka ama. It is held in a public place so there is the opportunity for members of the public to come and watch

The day starts at 8am with karakia and mihi whakatau which is conducted by kaumatua from Te Parawhau.

The races are 7, 10 and 15km. The main race of the day is the 10km Novices race which is held around lunch time so everyone is able to awhi and cheer on our novice paddlers. All races are open for youth/ juniors to enter however the longer distance is dependent on experience and ability.

In previous years we have allowed for members of the public to come and have a go however due to health & safety regulations and sanctioning requirements from our national body, Nga Kaihoe O Aotearoa we are no longer able to do this.