Travel: Maori waka ama (racing war canoe) on Auckland Harbour

Waka Ama is a sport akin to outrigger canoe racing or group rowing. It’s based on traditional modes of Polynesian sea travel which relied upon celestial navigation. Since the 80s and 90s high-tech canoes of Hawaiian or Polynesian design have become hugely popular as a sport among Māori, often performed as part of cultural festivals held in summer. Here we can see the Okahu Bay team out training on Waitemata Harbour early on Saturday morning before one of summers big races. 

Travel: Maori waka ama (racing war canoe) on Auckland Harbour
Travel: Maori waka ama (racing war canoe) on Auckland Harbour
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