Waka ama connects community


TE ANAU had waka of a different kind also out on the lake as the Ki Uta Ki Tai (from the mountains to the sea) Waka Challenge was held on Lake Te Anau on Saturday.

For the second year, the event run by Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust, saw teams take part in three distances — 5km, 10km, and 15km.

Korari Public Health Team Kaimahi and event organiser Nadine Young said: ‘‘Waka ama is a vessel for health and well-being and the event is a healthy action that brings whanau together in these challenging times.’’

Nga Kete korari public health manager Karina Davis-Marsden said it was a chance to support Te Anau businesses impacted by Covid-19.

‘‘Therefore, an event such as Ki Uta Ki Tai Waka Challenge was also intended to give the town an economic boost while helping to bring the community and whanau together,’’ she said.

A walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinic was also held during the event.
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