Clubs are required to have a minimum of 15 affiliated members on their club register and be affiliated to their Region to be recognised as an affiliated club of Ngā Kaihoe O Aotearoa (Waka Ama NZ) Inc.

Affiliation Season

Annually: 1 October - 30 September

Affiliation Fees

$15 per Open/Senior (20 years and over as at 1 October)
$12 per Junior (14 to 19 years as at 1 October)
$5 per Taitamariki/Intermediate (13 years and under as at 1 October)

Who pays affiliation fees?

Anyone who is a member of a Waka Ama NZ Club, whether or not you are a competitive or ‘social’ paddler or both, must pay the fee through your club.
Exclusions: *International paddlers who are not members of Waka Ama NZ Clubs.

How fees are processed:

An invoice will be sent to each club by Waka Ama NZ Inc. All clubs will collect the affiliation fees on behalf of the members and make their payment to Waka Ama NZ Inc. We recommend that clubs build the national member affiliation fee into the clubs’ membership fees. Club representatives are responsible for administering club members’ payments. Each club and region may charge their own affiliation fee in addition to the Waka Ama NZ national affiliation fee.
Therefore members' annual fees, payable to their club, may be made up of:
  • Waka Ama NZ national affiliation fee
  • Any club/region subscription fee

Billing Cycle

Invoices will be issued on the 1st of each month for the previous month and are due 20 days from date of invoice.
The invoices will show any new members that have joined clubs in that month and who have been affiliated since the previous billing cycle. These new members must be added to the clubs’ online register of paddlers.


How often do I pay the affiliation fee?
It is an annual fee for the current season running 1 October - 30 September.

What about ID Cards?
ID cards are a separate one-off cost and are not included in the member affiliation fee. ID Cards will follow the same monthly Billing Cycle as above.

What if I belong to more than one club?
You will only need to pay one national affiliation fee, no matter how many clubs you belong to.

Can I race for more than one club?
Yes, but you may only paddle for one club at an event.

What if I join part way through the season?
People who join after the start of the season will still need to pay the full season fee, and clubs will be invoiced in the following monthly billing cycle.

Do I have to be affiliated to enter Sanctioned Events?
Yes, a Level 1 or Level 2 Sanctioned Event requires all members to be affiliated. There may be exceptions for non-affiliated classes and/or overseas competitors. This will be at the discretion of Waka Ama NZ and the event organisers at the time of race sanctioning.

How can I check if I am affiliated?
Use the Affiliation Checker on our website

Who can affiliate me?
The appointed Club Representative(s) via the Members Area.