Damage to two waka frustrates canoe club
Members of a Porirua waka ama club are upset and dumbfounded following vandalism attacks on two of their vessels.
The Mana Pasifika Outrigger Canoe Club, based at Ngatitoa Domain, has two waka, locked up on cradles, down the side of the Sea Scout building. Members found one floating in the water among rocks on the morning of September 26. A day later they found the other, still on its cradle but broken in two.
The latter is used for practice by world champion Grant Barriball.
Club member Selena Katene says the fact the vandalism was likely to have been carried out over two nights is especially galling.
‘‘It sucks, not a nice thing to happen and we just can’t figure out why. One is still usable but is really scratched up, while the other is totally wrecked. It can be fixed, but it’ll cost a lot of money.’’
She contacted the media to raise awareness of the problem and to ask for local people to be vigilant and contact police if they see anything suspicious in the area. Police are investigating.