Aukaha is our Sport NZ funded Strengthen and Adapt Project that aims to strengthen the capability, capacity, and system of waka ama in Aotearoa at a regional and local level so that waka ama can continue to grow, thrive, and adapt.
Aukaha can mean many things, however for the purpose of this kaupapa we have identified Aukaha as the lashing (of a waka) – binding our sport. Each layer of lashing provides strength and corresponds to each section and layer of this project, resulting in Waka Ama being stronger, providing longevity and being better prepared for our journey ahead.
The Aukaha Project Plan was developed after a thorough consultation process with our waka ama whānau. See the information below and attached a summary of the consultation process.
Aukaha Project Plan
Waka Ama NZ was successfully selected by Sport NZ to receive funding as part of the Sport NZ Strengthen and Adapt Programme. The Strengthen and Adapt Programme was set up to improve the capacity, capability and resilience of selected national partners and their delivery networks, so that they are best positioned to meet the needs of participants and athletes into the future.
The Waka Ama NZ Aukaha Project Plan will be implemented over the next 3-5 years with the support of Sport NZ. The Aukaha Project aims to strengthen the capability and capacity of Waka Ama at a Regional and local level so that our sport can continue to grow, thrive and adapt. This project is built on four pou:
Aukaha Project Manager
In August 2023, we employed our Aukaha Project Manager - Trevor Meiklejohn. Trevor brings with him a wealth of knowledge from the sporting sector and we are very excited to have him on board leading this project.
Engagement with the regions commenced in September 2023. The purpose of this engagement is firstly for the kaimahi of each regional entity to meet and engage with Trevor (Aukaha Project Manager) and secondly, to discuss the Aukaha Project Plan relevant to each region, including identifying ways to progress the project forward.
Te Puku o Te Ika - Hui
Tai Tokerau Polynesian Canoe Association - Hui
Auckland Region Outrigger Canoe Assn - Hui