Monthly Archives: January 2016


In paddling, there is never a sure thing, and every crew knows that when they sit waiting for the green flag, anyone on that start line could take line honours.  Despite the big win of 2015, Vaka Manu were clear that they weren’t taking their history for granted.  Led from the front by Mark and Brad, intense training at the ramp meant the crew was ready to meet the challengers for the 500m W6 Premier Mens Final.  The start line read like a who’s who of NZ outrigger crews, and many who have held the title previously.

After a strong start, the Vaka Manu crew got quickly into their work, with the cadence providing the rhythm for the engine to kick in and edge them in front to cross the line as 2016 Premier Mens champions.

We wish them all the best as they now turn their sights on the World Championships in Australia in a few months.

A special mention must also be made for the Pineula Hoetoa and Pineula Greyman crews who pushed Vaka Manu to the limit, delivering a full podium for Strongarm crews!


Bright Future ahead!

If the competition at the Premier level is high, the talent building in the U19 is getting up there.  Ash Roozendaal delivered some exceptional paddling performances at the NZ Waka Ama Sprint Nationals at Karapiro last week.  Taking gold in the 250m and 500m finals to become the NZ U19 Champ.  It was always going to be tough, especially going up against team rider Maori Kava Tere, the defending U19 champ from 2015, however Ash was able to maintain a very smooth stroke to keep his canoe in front.

Ash’s success is made even more special for us, as he shared the podium with team riders Maori and Marcel.  The future is bright for NZ paddling and we’re stoked that our team riders are leading from the front!



Tupuria King has again set the standard for V1 racing in New Zealand, retaining his 250m & 500m sprint title at the NZ Sprint Nationals held in Karapiro last week. With the World Championships this year, the competition was always going to be fierce.  Shannon Moon (Pineula) and Brad Anderson (Vaka Manu) pushing Tupu right to the end, and sharing the podium honors in both events.