Our brand new fleet of waka arrived in Anakiwa last weekend and were welcomed at a blessing and naming ceremony, supported by Te Atiawa Kaumatua Joe Puketapu and representative Larry Riwaka.
The three waka; Kiwa (sea god), Tai Timu (outgoing tide) and Tai Pari (incoming tide) made their long awaited debut into the Queen Charlotte Sounds with their fresh blue and white paint job - as voted for by you!
Members of Waikawa Waka Ama Whanau and Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club came along to show us the ropes, which meant staff, instructors and members of the community were able to get out on the water and take the waka for a test run.
$90,000 of the funds raised for Project Refresh Anakiwa have been invested on the three six-person waka, paddles, a trailer for transportation and a storage facility which is currently being designed.
Waka ama brings to Outward Bound powerful opportunities to unlock further learning of Māori and Pacific culture with our students. The rituals which are observed as part of each journey will drive further integration of Māoritanga into our courses and our practice.