Reminder: Waka Ama New Zealand Elected Board Member Nominations

Nominations for Waka Ama NZ Elected Board Member are now open and close Friday 30th November

Waka Ama New Zealand are currently seeking nominations for one (1) elected board position.

Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa, (Waka Ama New Zealand) Inc is the non-profit national sporting organisation for the sport of Waka Ama in New Zealand. The organisation’s current structure has been in place since October 2011 and the last five years have been extremely positive for our sport.

The first five years of our the Waka Ama New Zealand Board has established a sound structure in governance and management that will ensure our organisation can continue to keep up with the growth of our sport and provide our membership and our future membership with opportunities that ensure we achieve our long term vision.

25 Year Vision:

To realise Waka Ama's professional, participatory and financial potential. In the year 2035, future generations will have a sport where:
“Waka Ama is a heavyweight in the Aotearoa/New Zealand sporting psyche and is recognised as a global leader and significant influencer in the sport, nationally and internationally. It is the largest water sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand . The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured and intrinsic to the sport... … Waka Ama is a sport in all schools… We’ve won gold at multiple significant global events from IVF World Sprint and Distance Championships to Molokai Hoe… There are record crowds at races in Aotearoa/New Zealand… Our sport is in demand by the media … Aotearoa/New Zealand is leading the way in developing safe and fair race standards across the world… Clubs are thriving… Our National Office is financially self-sufficient, our national officers are salaried staff and our elite paddlers are professionals…Waka Ama is a New Zealand Sport accessible to all New Zealanders.… Waka Ama Aotearoa/New Zealand is used as a model for other NSOs for our systems, technology, event management and structure, which epitomises cultural inclusivity, integrity, excellence & mana.”

The Board is made up of four (4) elected board members and three (3) appointed Board members. We are currently calling for nominations for one (1) elected position.

Nominations can be made by Member Clubs or Member Regions. You can nominate any individual. Nominees do not need be a member/paddler of your club or region. However the individual cannot be an existing member of of one of the 6 Waka Ama Regional Boards/Committees (TTPCA, AROCA, TPOTI, TUOTR, HTPWAA, TWOA)

We are seeking Board members who will take an active involvement in the sport’s governance body and in the best interests of its membership as a whole.

All nominees must be honest, reliable, trustworthy and comfortable to ‘walk and talk’, particularly in relation to the values of our sport (as outlined in our Strategic Plan)

Nomination form is attached below and must be received, complete with relevant nominee profile and references, by 5pm on Friday 30th November 2017

A short-list of nominees will be selected from the nominations, based on the skills that best provide for the needs our organisation. This final list of nominees, along with their profiles, will be posted on the Waka Ama website by 15 December 2017.

Each member club will then be sent a link to submit their vote electronically. Votes from Member Clubs must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 10th January 2018

The successful nominee will be announced on the website 

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