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Congratulations Marama!

Congratulations Marama!

Tena koe,


My name is Marama Elkington and I have recently attended the 2016 Waka Ama World Sprints held at Lake Kawana, located in the Sunshine Coast of Australia. The two categories I competed at this year’s World event were:

  • the Elite Development Under 19 Women’s for both 500m and 1000m in the 6man, team event, and
  • the Elite Open Women’s V1 for 500m.


In the team events for both the 500m and the 1000m, we raced against the likes of Tahiti, Australia and even Hawaii. Which were both straight finals. Meaning no warms up, just get stuck in there and do the job. My team done extremely well in both of these events and won very convincingly, which we were both surprised and stoked about.


Picture of my team after winning our last 1000m race


I competed in Open Women’s for my one man event. Winning my heat and semi-final. In the final race however I only managed to get a silver medal. Coming behind the first place winner named Hinatea Bernadino from Tahiti by one second, with another paddler from Aotearoa named Rose King rounding out the podium at third place. My final time was: 2.30.16. This race was by far the hardest race I have ever done, I had to get over my fear to race someone who was extremely experienced (which showed in the race) and test my ability, it was the most physically demanding race I have ever competed in.  Losing this race however  has showed me how much more I can improve on, and it has highlighted weaknesses that prior to the race I didn’t think were as vital in my racing as they really were. Now that I know these things, I am going to work and improve on them, intensifying and increasing my trainings throughout the year, so that I can excel even more and eventually become the next open women world champion.


Picture of me on the podium


I had the option of doing the younger under 19 category, but I chose opens because the competition was better and I knew it would challenge me. A lot of people asked me: “why are you doing the open category if you are a junior 19?”. With which I replied: “I’m sick of easy golds in the junior categories. I wanted to go into a category that I would have to fight hard to win, rather than  breeze over the finish line. Plus I wasn’t ever going to improve by staying in a category that didn’t test me, or push me to be better every year”. If I had stayed in my true category at the 2014 nationals, instead of doing opens I would have just remained ok, and never developed as much as I have now.


Not very many people realise the potential of rangatahi, even rangatahi themselves don’t believe their own potential. I want to inspire other rangatahi to not be just good, but great in anything they do. And encourage them to stop being lazy and become champions over their own lives. I am most greatful for the support of Wakatu for believing in me and my own potential, in wanting to be a part of my Waka journey, which is truly humbling. It is weird to think that I influence other rangatahi and people around Aotearoa, but I have met some people who have expressed this to me and I still find it strange, yet rewarding. I am proud of my decision to do opens as it has enabled growth in all aspects of my life, not just Waka but in school and my own work ethics. At the end of the day it is important to remember who you are, where you come from, where you are going, and also the people that have helped you on that journey. I am just a Maori girl from the pā who represents her iwi, religion, and family, trying to be the best woman at waka ama in the world. Thank you Ngāti Koata Trust for investing and believing in me enough to be involved in my life, and recognising my potential to be great.


Picture of me heading up to the start line


Ngā mihi,

Marama Elkington

Te Mātāwai Consultation Hui

Te Mātāwai Consultation Hui

Te Mātāwai is the new entity set up to revitalise te reo Māori on behalf of iwi and Māori.
One of Te Mātāwai’s key functions is to develop and implement the Maihi Māori, or the language revitalisation plan for iwi and Māori.
We would like to know your aspirations for te reo Māori and whether you have a plan, or have tried to implement a plan. This information will help set the strategic direction for te reo Māori, and that is why we need your help.
This is an opportunity for us all to determine the future of our language.
Hui a Rohe

March 29 2017, 11am-1pm, Te Ara o Tāwhaki Marae

  • 501 Gloucester Road Napier

March 29, 2017, 3pm-6pm, Te Tumu School of Māori

  • Sth Tower, Richardson Building, Uni. Otago

March 30, 2017, 2pm-5pm, Harvard Lounge

  • 31 Corsair Drive, Wigram, Chch

April 3, 2017, Tunohopu Marae

  • 5 Tunohopu Marae, Ohinemutu, Rotorua

April 7, 2017, Distinction Hotel

  • 100 Garnett Street, Hamilton

April 7, 2017, Te Puna o te Mātauranga Marae

  • 51 Raumanga Valley Road, Whangārei

April 10, 2017, Te Tini o Porou

  • 75 Huxley Road, Kaiti, Gisborne

April 10, 2017, Te Toki Pakohe (D Block) NMIT

  • 322 Hardy Street, Nelson



If you have any queries, contact the coordinator Ana Tapiata
Email: mailto:hui@tematawai.maori.nz – Phone: 027 578 0772

DOC Improvement Manager Job Vacancy

DOC Improvement Manager Job Vacancy

The Nelson Office of the Department of Conservation is currently advertising the role of Improvement Manager, based in the Nelson Office. Please find copies of the role descriptor, an additional information sheet on the position, and the advert for your information on the links below.
All applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, 3 April 2017.
Please direct any questions regarding the role to Roy Grose, Director Operations, Northern South Island – by phone on 027-436-0274; or by e-mail on rgrose@doc.govt.nz.
Ngāti Koata Group Human Resources Advisor

Ngāti Koata Group Human Resources Advisor

The Ngāti Koata Trust (NKT) and Te Pātaka a Ngāti Koata Trust Boards (TPNKT) seek letters of application for the following role:

Human Resources Advisor – Human Resources Committee, Ngāti Koata Group

The Human Resources (HR) Advisor must have a bachelor’s degree in HR Management or similar relevant tertiary qualification, or at least 5+ years HR and employment relations experience.  You will also be familiar with relevant legislation, organisational policy, and Tikanga Māori.

The position is part of the HR Committee accountable to the NK and TPNKT boards.  As an independent member of this Committee you will help the Boards to perform and uphold its HR responsibilities to the Group, including the oversight, review, monitoring, and evaluation of HR-related matters including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, appointment, induction, performance, management, exit, and dismissal practices.

The Committee meets as and when required, with at least one hui of two hours duration held every month and/or around one to two hours preparatory work and/or separate advice.  A remuneration package of $120 per hour is offered for the position, up to a maximum $5000 per annum.  It is expected that the successful applicant will be based in Nelson.

Interested applicants may request a Position Description, which includes a copy each of the Expression of Interest for Appointment form to be completed by the applicant, and the HR Committee’s terms of reference.

Interested applicants may then submit the Expression of Interest form and, if they chose, a covering letter applying for the position, along with a current CV, including referees and any other information considered to be relevant.  These should be sent by post or email to pa@koata.iwi.nz to arrive no later than 4pm, 10 March 2017.

All applicants will be notified of receipt of their application within two business days and will receive a letter advising the outcome of the written application within two weeks of the close off date.