Stage set for paddling feast

Tuesday November 17, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling

Preparations are on track for the country’s biggest international event which starts this Friday.


Matson Vaka Eiva 2015 coordinator Chrissy Thomas says the stage is set for a week-long paddling feast.

She says organisers are working on tying the loose ends in logistics and other areas to ensure the competition, which ends on November 27, runs smoothly.

“Everything is running on track. We are basically working on our canoes and making sure they are in best shape for international competitors,” Thomas said.

The 12th edition of the annual event will feature close to 700 paddlers, of which about 450 are from overseas.

About 140 juniors have registered for the Oe Mapu division which will be held in under-14, U16 and U19 grades.

Australia dominates the overseas participants, with New Zealand, Hawaii, USA, Fiji, Canada and Samoa adding to the total visitor numbers.

Some overseas teams have started coming in while the rest are expected to be in the country within the next few days.

Yesterday, a group of volunteers was out on the streets promoting the event to the sponsors of this year’s Vaka Eiva.

The organisers are still looking for some strong men as volunteers to help with moving canoes during the competition.

All volunteers willing to work for more than three days will receive a Vaka Eiva backpack, meals and t-shirt.

Thomas says they are excited and looking forward to another successful year of competition.

She will relocate her office today to the Vaka Shed at Trader Jacks to help participants with registration and other matters.

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