Poised to host rising sport
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.