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Te Waka Taiohi | Juniors

Te Waka Taiohi o Tahu is the name of the Junior section of Te Waka Pounamu Outrigger Canoe club established in 2012. 


Te Waka Taiohi is aimed at getting tamariki, rangatahi and whanau involved in the sport and traditions associated with waka, including waka unua, waka tiwai, waka ama and mokihi.

Generally, we hold weekly training sessions over the summer months (Sept-March) each Sunday from at Naval Point or at Kerrs Reach.  However, all communications about the sessions are done via the Te Waka Taiohi Facebook Group:

Trainings are based on developing teams in the following categories:

  • Midget (6-10 years)

  • Intermediate (11-13 years)

  • J16 (14-16 years)

  • J19 (16-19 years)

Key Events for our teams throughout the season include:

  • Pioke Pursuit, Rāpaki (Oct)

  • Waka Te Tasman, Kaiteretere (Nov)

  • TWoA Regional Sprints, South Eyre Lake, Eyrewell (Dec)

  • WANZ Sprint Nationals, Lake Karapiro (Jan)

  • Kawatea Waka Noho, Okains Bay (Waitangi Weekend)

  • Tuna Hoe, Lake Rotoiti (Feb)

  • Canterbury Secondary Schools Champs (March)

  • Whakaraupō Chase (March-April)

For more information about getting your children involved, please contact Iaean (0224287176) or Craig (021874317) and/or join the Te Waka Taiohi Facebook group:

Iaean Cranwell

Iaean has been coaching the juniors for a number of years now.  With a passion for paddling involving him in many competitive paddling events, Iaen has a wealth of knowledge.

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Craig Pauling

Craig is one of the TWP founding members.  With so much experience under his belt you will find Craig competing at all levels and experiencing many successes over the years.

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