‘Te Waiora’ is a documentary series exploring the deep connection Māori have with the water. It profiles community water safety advocates across Aotearoa who are working to strengthen this connection with their people through whakapapa, mātauranga and tikanga. Through this series of four short documentaries, ‘Te Waiora’ aims to showcase these individuals, educators and passionate advocates of the transformative power of water. Featuring ex-Navy diver Rob Hewitt, surfers Jordan Waiti and Maioha Kelly in Raglan, Kii Tai Cultural Tour guides in Whanganui Mamah and Ngapuke Patea, and Waka Ama enthusiast Mika Tawhara in Napier - each explains why the water has been such an important restorative element in their lives and the lives of those around them.
Waka Ama is more than a sport. It’s a way of life for thousands and the Waka Ama community is to many an extended family. The aroha is palpable when you attend a Waka Ama national event. Yes, the competition is fierce but the whānau spirit is stronger. And in 2019, Waka Ama celebrated 30 years of nationals. Congratulations. Keep Reading
Water safety is a salient aspect of Waka Ama across clubs and competitions and Water Safety New Zealand is pleased to support Waka Ama and the whanau, to embed water safety and Kia Maanu Kia Ora within the community. These great short videos provide a wide range of safety information for the whanau and community when out on the wai on waka. Keep Reading
Water Safety New Zealand supports the Fit, Check and Signal grass-roots campaign run by NZ Underwater Association, to promote self-awareness, behavioural change and best practice for underwater divers. Applicable to all scuba divers and specifically those snorkeling or diving for food and the rapidly growing spearfishing community, this campai... Keep Reading