Te Toki Waka Ama
Almost everyday a Te Toki Waka Ama team is on the water either on the Waikato River or Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton. The city is the base for Te Toki Waka Ama, with former branches in Rotorua, Huntly and Tuakau now becoming fully independent clubs. From the time the club started 30 years ago, more than 1000 paddlers have worn the blue and white strip of Te Toki Waka Ama. Longterm, the vision is to develop our paddlers to be world competitive paddlers from taitamariki (midgets) right through to masters.
At times Te Toki has been the largest waka club in Aotearoa – rising to more than 300 members. Currently it has a membership of around 170 paddlers. Usually it just starts with parents sending their tamariki down. Then as adults hang around the water, they then start paddling and enjoying it too.
Te Toki has a real focus on young paddlers because they are the ones who are going to carry on running it later. There are a lot of different responsibilities to keeping a waka ama club operating from coaching development, programming for the training, scheduling – make sure