Supporters and paddlers converged at the Vaka Village last Friday night to celebrate and reflect on the fantastic week that was the Matson 2017 Vaka Eiva.
The Boiler Boys of Te Tupu O Te Manava proved why “old” is regarded as gold after an impressive performance in the final day of the Matson Vaka Eiva 2017 yesterday.
A young crew from Ngakau Toa Vaka (NTV) handed a paddling lesson to more experienced crews finishing approximately two kilometres ahead of second placed Te Tupu in the Bob Worthington Memorial Trophy Mixed Round Raro Relay yesterday.
A highly regarded New Zealand paddler has returned to Rarotonga for the opening of Vaka Eiva after winning an award that recognises prolific voluntary work in the community.
The unforgiving weather did not stop the supporters and paddlers from gathering for the grand celebration - the official opening and prizegiving for the Matson Vaka Eiva 2017 on Saturday night.
Saturday saw the opening on the annual 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva paddling competition. Despite the tough conditions, which one spectator described as “cyclone-like”, the brave men and women paddlers were undaunted. Although the races were shortened for safety reasons, the spirits of the competitors and supporters was not diminished.