Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Waka Ama NZ are partnering up this year. It’s a move that will see the education provider become a major sponsor.
Waka Ama NZ CEO, Lara Collins, said the partnership is a perfect fit with the two entities having a lot in common.
“We share similar values, we are well connected in communities throughout Aotearoa and we share a passion for Waka Ama.
“Together we can work to achieving mutual goals and further grow and develop the sport of Waka Ama, adding value to our membership every step of the way.”
Since 2009, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has provided the Te Whakangungu Kaihoe Waka Ama course.
Executive Director Marketing, Hone Paul, said it has grown to become a popular and important course with more than 1,700 tauira successfully completing the qualification.
“As the programme has grown, so too has the sport in New Zealand, with Waka Ama now the fastest growing water sport in the country.
“While Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has played an important role in the Waka Ama community for many years, this new partnership allows us to contribute strategically to the development of Waka Ama and raise its profile to become a major sport in Aotearoa.”
The partnership will be formally launched at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals next week.