Poised to host ris­ing sport

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Man­gakino is a step closer to host­ing a waka ama re­gional cham­pi­onship.

An ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has been work­ing hard to at­tract the com­pe­ti­tion, which if it is given the green light, will be held in the town on De­cem­ber 7 and 8.

Nga Hau E Wha No Pouakani ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Vanessa Te Whaiti-True­man said: ‘‘I am our club’s Te Puku o te Rika re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive. I sug­gested Man­gakino to the re­gional com­mit­tee as a lo­ca­tion that would be su­perb for hav­ing such an event.’’

Con­fir­ma­tion will be made on June 29 and Mrs Te WhaitiTrue­man is con­fi­dent it will be ap­proved.

‘‘What I want from this is that it is well or­gan­ised in terms of safety. Prepa­ra­tion is cru­cial to iden­tify and best man­age all risks. I want to give as many lo­cals, es­pe­cially tamariki, the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate.’’

She hopes the event will bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and in­tro- duce waka ama to the masses.

If other re­gional com­pe­ti­tions are an in­di­ca­tion, from 360 to 500 pad­dlers as well as sup­port­ers, vol­un­teers and spec­ta­tors are ex­pected to flock to Man­gakino.

‘‘The clubs be­long­ing to TPOTI spread over the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. Clubs are in Huntly, Hamil­ton, Ro­torua, Raglan, Tau­ranga, New Ply­mouth, Maketu, Taupo to name a few.

‘‘I think it will do a pos­i­tively won­der­ful thing for our com­mu­nity and area for sure,’’ Mrs Te Whaiti-True­man said.

OP­POR­TU­NITY CLOSE: Man­gakino could host De­cem­ber’s Waka Ama Re­gional Cham­pi­onships.

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