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Nelson Lakes - a Winter Wonderland Moko - Help us keep him safe. A day out on the Teigdale with Josh Neilson

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From Mud to Marae - Historic Hokianga Our Most Excellent Kayaking Adventure

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The week floating down the Whanganui River with 40 keen Yakity Yakkers is a real tonic for a busy person like me. It is amazing how some real time away changes your day to day perspectives and how things you have done all year suddenly change overnight. It is equally amazing how when after 6 nights away in the bush that I can arrive home and be immediately back into the old routines of home. However, some of the changes stick each year and my life changes a little each time and I believe for the better. The first week home had its normal rushes, tiding up a Ute and trailer load of equipment

from the Whanganui Trip, including a mini skip of rubbish, arranging a working bee at Dacre Cottage, coaching the kids sports teams and transporting them to other sports and educational appointments, travelling to Canoe & Kayak Manukau to work with the new team, getting a May Dance organised for the local Community, launching a membership drive for SKOANZ the kayaking Industry organisation, attending community committee meetings and business meetings. The list is endless, and the day often ends with lunch forgotten and frankly not much time to consider anything except getting the immediate job done. This busy rush seems to be the norm for many of us parents and business owners. This is one of the reasons why I find it is so refreshing to have a week away from the

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electronic distractions of email, web, TV, radio. The media distractions telling us all the doom and gloom of the world or hyping us up as James Bond wins out over all the spills and thrills, leaving us amazed on the couch. One night on the river my son Bryn even went to sleep in his tent without dinner and it was not for doing something wrong. He was just genuinely tired after an active day and he wanted to. How often does that happen at home? I and many others on the trip hit the hay early on many nights and often got up early (5ish) just to have a quite cuppa, some quiet conversation and enjoy the waking of a new day. Just talking with each other these days with the amount of distraction of electronic devices is becoming more and more difficult. We sometimes loose sight of the importance of face to face communication and often replace it with the keyboard, headset or hand piece. Over the course of this hectic first week back, I have been hankering to sit around an open fire with a nice dram of whisky or a cup of tea, fighting off a few mosquitoes, just talking with friends and family, with the stars overhead, the power turned off, exercising the almost forgotten art of good conversation, an every night activity while away on the river. The autumn is here, the paddling is great and life can always be a bit better. Even if you can’t get away in the short term, you can always shut down the power on your deck, rug up warm and get back to the basics while checking out the stars in your own back yard. Try it sometime; it’s great for slowing things down momentarily and putting life back into perspective. Even better, take an evening or afternoon off and paddle to a secluded spot. Cheers and happy paddling. Peter Townend.

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Nelson Lakes - a winter wonderland. By Neil Thompson

Never pack your kayak away for the winter. Lake Rotoroa is at its finest and not a sandfly in sight.


A trip to Nelson Lakes in the middle of winter sounded a little extreme. But the promise of short distances, no tents and huts with fire places, soon filled the trip with 10 Wellington Yakity Yak members. Leaving Friday evening, a van full of eager clubbies and a trailer full of kayaks took the ferry and road to Blenheim. We wanted to make the most of the short daylight hours and had an early breakfast on the road. Lake Rotoroa, enclosed by mountains, 15 kms long and only 2 kms at its widest, was first of two lakes we wanted to paddle. The day was overcast, the water flat and glassy. As we paddled the eastern shore the clouds lifted to reveal the beauty of our surroundings and the snow covered tops. The view was fantastic and we didn’t hurry to Sabine hut at the south end of the lake. At 2 pm we unloaded gear and walked a couple of kilometres to a foot bridge over the Sabine River where deep crystal clear water runs through the gorge. A beautiful spot and well worth the walk! Back at the hut there was a gourmet meal, a couple of mulled wines and then bed. Sunday dawned with the cloud a little higher and the views awesome. We paddled 17 kms, still on glassy water, round the southern end of the lake and past D’Urville hut. At 2 pm we loaded our van and made for Lake Rotoiti. Close to the Rainbow Ski Field, the small settlement of St Arnaud at the Northern end of Lake Rotoiti offers a good selection of accommodation. We had bookings with a lodge offering backpacking


Feature accommodation, but to our good fortune they had a plumbing problem and upgraded us to more luxurious hotel rooms. Shame! Fine dining and good company made the prospect of Monday night in a hut seem rough. Lake Rotoiti, 8 kms long, is the smaller of the two main lakes in the area. West Bay adds another 6kms to a circuit. Entering the Bay we kayaked past the source of the Buller River, an insignificant beginning to the substantial river at Westport. Still surrounded by snow topped mountains I was harassed by reference to a photo I had used to promote the trip. It showed snow down to lake level.

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Large 1.5L Micro Dry 1.5 litres - Ideal for keeping VHF radios dry Same quality construction as the Super Latitude bags. $44.90 Under threat of legal action for false advertising (a lawyer in the group was open to the highest bidder) I told them not to panic. The trip wasn’t over yet… 3 km from the Coldwater hut we stopped at a stream and walked a track to stand under Whiskey Falls. The spray is very cold! Make sure you wear good wet weather gear. Some of us were chilled when we returned to the kayaks and continued to Coldwater hut. First thing on the ‘to do list’ was to start the fire. Plenty of people put up their hands for the task, but when you have a volunteer fireman, stand back, he will climb over you to get the matches. Some people went for a walk while the rest just thawed. Then it started to rain. An hour later rain turned to sleet. “Snow damn you”. At 9 pm a few were still playing cards, listening to the rain on the roof when the noise stopped. Fingers crossed I went outside and to my relief it was snowing. Court case avoided! The snow got deeper and at 11 pm sleepers were woken by the thud of snowballs hitting the hut. A snow fight was all on. Yeah ha. One crazy

clubby, I won’t mention his name (Dave Wills), was dared to do a snow angel in his birthday suit on the jetty. Within a minute he was down to his boxers and performing. Not quite naked, but it was cold. Something about shrinkage he said. Nice work Dave. Next morning 4 cms of snow was down to the lake edge and covering the kayaks. Without sounding too corny, it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. Some of us cleared the snow off their kayaks. The rest left it on for a snowball fight all the way back to St.Arnaud where the last to land got smashed by snowballs right on the lakes edge. They were sitting ducks, me included! We sorted out gear, changed clothes and drove to Picton for the ferry home. It had been a memorable, enjoyable trip with a great group of people and a lot of humour. If you ever get a chance to paddle this area, how about doing it in the winter? You avoid the sandflies and get some great scenery. Just dress up warm. No guarantee on the snow though.

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From Mud to Marae – Historic Hokianga

By Ruth E. Henderson

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Approaching Kohukohu Cafe on the Hokianga Harbour.

About four hours drive North West of Auckland lies the Hokianga Harbour. It is steeped in both Maori and early colonial settlers’ history. Once you pass through Dargaville and wind thru the Waipoua forest, home of New Zealand’s largest kauri Tane Mahuta, there seems to be a quaint wee church and marae on every hillside adjacent to a stream, inlet or estuary. Although our visit was primarily for the kayaking (and sand dunes) eventually we couldn’t help but get caught up in its history. Early arrivals Greg and I, had Good Friday morning to ourselves and poked about the harbour mouth for a smell of the Tasman Sea, then tried our luck boogie boarding down the steepest sand dunes. Tip: old polystyrene boards do not slide on sand. Opposite Opononi we met the rest of the Yakity Yak group who had similar tales to tell. But they had borrowed a sleek and shiny hire board and were taking turns and bets on who could hurtle downhill fast enough to splash into the sea. Congregating that evening over a drink and nibbles at Rawene Motor Camp (very spick and span these days) trip leader Nick outlined the options, travelling with the tide up the Mangamuka River to the bridge (45 km return) or a more leisurely café and history cruise. The majority chose to cruise! Everyone had to contend with the mud! Like most harbours the Hokianga is very tidal and sensible people do not just go with the tidal flow, but also wait for the water. Tip – if necessary, have a little sleep-in and launch above the mud-line. Booties retrieved or washed, within an hour we were at Kohukohu on the northern shore, where the Mangamuka River and the Waihou River

enter the harbour. In the 1830’s the town was the centre of N.Z.’s flax and timber industry and a bustling port. After the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) and when the capital had shifted from the Bay of Islands to Auckland this industry declined, but by 1888 it was again busy and had the largest mill in the Southern Hemisphere. By 1900 there was a population of over 1000. The mill closed in 1909, dairying replaced the timber industry and the Hokianga Co-Operative Dairy Co opened its factory in nearby Motukaraka. Today the town (pop. 150) has a school, general store, art gallery and accommodation. It relies on people like us for the tourism dollar. Whereas in 925 Kupe gave the place its name, cursing “kohu”, on being

A central fireplace and shelves bulging with books make it a snug place for a winter’s eve. given under-cooked hangi food, we had only praise for the café’s coffee and cakes. Across the road the art gallery had an intriguing exhibition of ukuleles, each a work of art (www.villagearts.co.nz). Too soon it was time for those who had exited on the muddy and slippery boat ramp to gingerly carry their boats back to the water and those who had climbed out at the wharf’s pontoon to walk back under the Hokianga Arch of Remembrance. It commemorates the 84 WW1 soldiers who did not return. We paddled for an hour up the Waihou River and landed at the Horeke Hotel, the oldest standing pub still in operation in New Zealand. It was closed so we ate our own lunch while waiting for it to open and provide a drink and a tour. A central fireplace and shelves bulging with books


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Sand dunes near the harbour entrance are a breath taking sight.

make it a snug place for a winter’s eve (accommodation available at $85 dble.) Large photo reproductions depicting early settlers felling timber and bullock teams carting logs out of the bush hang on the walls. However, this settlement was founded before the timber era in 1826, around a shipyard. It was the second N.Z. settlement after Russell and is famous for hosting the biggest gathering of Ngapuhi Maori to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. When the rising tide covered the beach, jostling the boats, we headed

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for ‘home’ going with the tide, sidling past mangroves. The Celtic cross of the Mangunga Wesleyan Chapel and Mission House built in 1839 stood out against the skyline. We passed the Kohukohu car ferry ramp and crossed the harbour to Rawene. Over drinkie poohs that night, many paddle proposals were aired. The next morning, Easter Sunday, they were rejected in favour of paddling to ‘Our Lady of Assumption Church’ and celebrating its centenary. The proposal for classification to the Historic Places Trust described it as

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We were privileged to visit Motukaraka church on its centenary celebration and be welcomed onto the marae.

“An excellent example of the timber tradition of building essentially simple country churches in the neo-gothic manner.” Its 50 ft (15m) steeple and bell tower standing high on Motukaraka Point command attention. The story of why and how Nui Harre built it makes a fascinating read. He is buried in the churchyard, as is Father Becker who translated the New Testament into the Maori language. We paddled for less than 30 minutes, plodded in the mud and tied our boats together by an old shed below the marae, peeled off our neoprene shorts and changed into whatever we had for ‘Sunday best’. Tip: a silk sarong is a very handy object: You can change behind it, under it, and even wear it! The marae was a hive of activity preparing a post ceremony buffet. A tent did a steady trade in commemorative T-shirts, postcards and books. The bell tolled, the dignitaries and elders in all their finery and robes filed into the church, and then a lucky 100 (including five kayakers) filled the pews. Outside there were chairs and loud-speakers for the 400 overflow. Bishop Patrick Dunn, the 11th Bishop of Auckland, led the Centennial celebration Mass in Te reo: difficult for some of us to follow or find the right place in the hymns, but there is no mistaking ‘Hallelujah’ in any language. ‘Areruia’! What a privilege it was to be a part of the celebrations and later to be welcomed on the marae. Later that afternoon, outside the Copthorne Hotel, Omapere, we shared stories with those who had spent the day playing in the surf at the harbour entrance and watched the sun sink over the sand dunes before it fell into the Tasman Sea.

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FJ @ FJ The Waikato River’s legendary Full James rapid serves up perfect conditions for the annual Freestyle Jam By Sophie Hoskins

20th and 21st of March were the dates for this years FJ @ FJ event. It was a blast. Saturday saw a huge crowd of people enjoying surfing the wave at a great flow. There were coaching sessions from beginner to advanced and keen kayakers practised for Sunday’s freestyle jam and NZ team selections. Sunday rolled around and a steady flow of people rocked up to the lovely smell of bacon, eggs and hash browns on the BBQ to fill hungry bellies and raise money for the NZFKA (New Zealand Freestyle Kayak Association). MASSIVE speakers were cranking great sounds and the competition got underway. Kayakers could enter for open men and women, novice men and women and junior men and women. Stars of the day were Andi O’Connell, who consistently threw big moves and took out the open men’s, and Courtney Kerin a 16 year old from Oamaru. As the only junior woman she held her own to finish 4th in the open women. After a day in the sun, warm water and plenty of great moves it was time for prize giving.


A huge thanks goes out to Andy Fuller from Day Two, Canoe & Kayak Taupo and the Okere falls store for helping out with the spot prizes also to Te Awamutu College for the use of their awesome sound system. Thanks to all the others who helped out with this event. Results were... Open Men: 1st Andi O’Connell, 2nd Josh Neilson, 3rd Brendan Bayly, 4th Greg Nicks, 5th Bradley Lauder Open Women: 1st Polly Green, 2nd Toni George, 3rd Louise Urwin, 4th Courtney Kerin. Novice Men: 1st Dan Riley, 2nd Gavin Lodge, 3rd Mike Gerrand. Novice Women: 1st Izzy Jull, 2nd Anke Lebesmuehlbacher, 3rd Katherine Lucas. Junior Men: 1st Andre Sperling, 2nd Stuart Johnson, 3rd Jaxon Paraki Webber. Junior Women : 1st Courtney Kerin.


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Our Most Excellent Kayaking Adventure By K.Sven Hjelmstrom

“How about spending a week touring golden sand beaches, watching baby seals swim around your kayak and relaxing with good company in the evening ? Join us for Easter week, 2010 at Abel Tasman National Park.” This invitation caught my eye on the Hamilton Canoe & Kayak web site. It sounded like a good follow up to my most enjoyable trip down the Whanganui River with Pete Townend and 50 plus other Yakity Yakkers a few years back. Yes, Canoe & Kayak Hamilton was joining forces with the windy Wellington C & K crew to travel to Marahau in the South Island for OUR MOST EXCELLENT KAYAKING ADVENTURE. Auckland and Hamilton met the Wellington crew at their Canoe & Kayak Centre where our trip leader, the smiling Andy Blake, was securing kayaks on the trailer. The ferry trip was fine and our own personal life boats on the vehicle made it secure! After a long, long day for the Hamilton crew, we enjoyed a restful night at a motor camp in Picton.

The team practise their routine for the new Olympic sport of Synchronised Kayak Dancing.

Thursday 1st April, 2010. The Paddling Starts 16 paddlers travelled in three vehicles from Nelson to Motueka to pick up fresh rations before hitting the water at Marahau. The Wellington crew suddenly gave the famous one finger salute when a yellow Barracuda Beachcomer (belonging to Dr Nikki ) lost its front tie down and reached for the sky. Our walkie talkies alerted Andy and the convoy stopped to secure the kayak. A big 10/4 and “roger that” soon became catch phrases along with good natured “rogering” comments. At Marahau we packed our Kayaks, had the obligatory briefing, were told to “lock and load” by Andy and on an ebbing tide we paddled to our first camp site at Apple Tree Bay. Abel Tasman National Park’s crystal clear blue waters, bush overflowing down steep hills to the rocky shore line, which just begged to be rock gardened, were beautiful and majestic. “Roger that eh Harvey!” It was only a few clicks to Apple Tree Bay’s golden sand beach where we pitched tents just a few metres from the sea. Some had a quick swim. Aahhh!! A kayak, a tent, great weather, great food, great company, heaven at last!


Friday 2nd of April We were on the water by 9:30 am and at Adele Island we saw our first seal and a small group of baby seals. Just picture a beautiful blue sky, next to no wind, calm sea, most excellent company and you have some notion that we were now in kayaking heaven. The only distraction was from distant water taxis taking passengers to camp sites, kayaks stacked aft. We paddled at a steady pace to match our kayaking skills. No hassles and no stress rock gardening in beautiful scenery. We landed at Pukatea Bay for lunch, a rest and the Easter Egg Hunt. Andy Blake’s boundless energy, paddling and cooking skills were greatly impressing the group. He was most ably assisted by Tony Barrett. The next camp site was at Bark Bay. During the afternoon we hugged the coast, explored and rock gardened. Andy and other more experienced kayakers completed a few rolls. Bark Bay proved to be a boomer of a camp site. It had water that could be drunk without boiling and yes folks, flush toilets. We even had a kitchen and a fire that proved to be a focus for dining. The group of 16 now really became as ‘one’ when we let our hair down and threw caution and inhibition to the wind. Nikki and Catherine (Wellies) burst into song as ABBA chicks. Yours truly and Harvey (Hamilton) regretted that we hadn’t brought guitars to accompany the talent. Most were in bed by 10:00 pm. Another day in paradise had come to

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swell was building. We returned to Tonga Island where the low tide put the fabulous seal nursery out of reach but we had fun rock gardening in the swell. Our next landing was at Mosquito Bay on another stunning sandy beach with a beautiful outlook towards the sea. The flood tide rose quickly over the shallow beach and while we had a drink and a bite to eat, we repeatedly pulled our kayaks to safety! Andy provided the floppy Frisbee that he found on the roadside many moons ago. What a weapon! It flies so well yet is so soft to catch and so forgiving – just like its owner, pancake Chef Andy. Back in kayaks we left the comfort of mother sea and paddled up the Falls River to see the swing bridge and the crossing that trampers use on their overland route. Give me the sea kayaking option any day! Bill and Phil (the flower pot men from Hamilton) wandered over rocks towards a waterfall. Oops! Here is a tip for kayakers – remember to tie up your kayak where water levels can change. They were lucky this time but let’s face it, they had a big back up crew! Salt of the earth Jim Walker left his kayak, clambered up a steep incline and took a group photograph from the swing bridge. He will soon be paddling around Stewart Island with Andy Blake. With Jim back in his kayak we returned to the rivers’ calm, hot estuary for lunch and an attempt at kayak gymnastics. Just over the sand dune behind us the SE swell was building and the wind was a steady 10-15 knots. Andy, Harvey, Jim and Tony enjoyed rolling practice before we headed for the next camp site at Anchorage. En route we paddled up the Torrent River on an outgoing tide and

breeding colony. There were seals everywhere. Naturally we kept a respectful distance until we found an empty pool waiting to be explored. Quickly baby seals left their mothers and came to explore us. Within a few minutes, streams of bubbles rose to the surface as the babies glided beside and under the kayaks. Soon they were climbing on to kayaks to investigate humans. One baby seal waddled up the front deck of Michelle’s kayak, took the bailing sponge, dived over one side and popped up the other. The Penguin paddler retrieved her intact sponge. The mothers first watched, then ignored us, while their babies played. More than fifty dolphins then appeared and were seen at close range by some of us. We reluctantly left this truly beautiful scene and headed for Shag Harbour where nesting and resting Shags were everywhere. Shagadelic!! On the flood tide we paddled into a stunning inlet and met more baby seals who were playing in the warm shallow water. There were penguins and jellyfish and the scenery was drop dead gorgeous. Wow, what a day! Our next night was at Onetahuti Beach’s fabulous camp site. It too had fresh water and flush toilets. We were tired, relaxed but Cleopatr a’s Pool Know the he very happy after another is well w ight of orth the wayo brilliant day on the water. lkur . vehicle an d load. A couple of light showers during the night helped to cool us down. Sunday 4th April the weather report indicated that a SE

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beached on slippery rocks with not a lot of room for our kayaks. We wanted to see Cleopatra’s Pool. A group of kayakers who had shared a camp site with us warned that our 500 metre stroll and visit to the pool meant we could be walking our kayaks back over the rocks. We managed to get back to the sea with just a short portage over slippery rocks. All good fun eh what! Whoah! Anchorage was like heading back to civilization. Bodies and kayaks everywhere! While at most camp sites it was a group effort with no moans or complaints to haul the kayaks off the beach, at Anchorage, there were special racks for kayaks. As we did most nights everyone People w was involved with cooking and ho think se a kayakin g is sedate ro ck garden over dinner time we shared the need an in ing. Andy troduction Blake pla ys in the sw to day’s experiences and learnt ell at App le Rock. what other people eat and cleverly cook for an evening meal. But at Anchorage we were a crowd! Andy Blake our trip leader was the master chef. He made pikelets or pancakes and all manner of fancy dishes. He carried so few A big cheer for Elaine Vine (Wellington) who paddled the whole way without provisions on the trip yet he made the most amazing, scrumptious the need for a tow, and for many more personal bests achieved on this most dishes. We have asked Andy to put some suggestions in the New exciting adventure. Zealand Kayak Magazine. It would be good to see a ‘cook off’ Our grateful thanks must go to both Andy Blake and Tony Barrett for between Andy and our other master chef, Pete Townend. organising this MOST EXCELLENT KAYAKING ADVENTURE. Monday 5th April was our last day on the water. We listened to the forecast for the day, an easterly wind with swell to 2 metres, launched in the calm harbour and paddled out to the waiting swells. The weather was still fine but we soon had a real blast paddling south to Split Apple Rock. Jim, Rachel & Sarah posed for an action shot with Jim standing in his kayak in the middle of 3 rafted kayaks after the precursor poo position warm up. Our fearless leader Andy, who was close by, mastered the swells to take the close up action shot. Result – an extreme close up due to the wave action. (Don’t try this at home kids.) After passing the headland, Te Katetu Point, the seas were calmer and we made for a rest stop at Akersten Bay. The beach landing called for an angled arrival and paddle ready for the bracing stroke if required. All landed safely. Most then needed an assisted launch. As we passed Marahau and snuck in to view Split Apple Rock the swell decreased and the wind abated. The Rock is impressive. More experienced kayakers had real fun rock gardening in the swell and shooting the rocky gap right beside the Split Apple. Andy did what can only be described as rock garden caving. He found very narrow and rocky caves and often disappeared for minutes at a time. Others (like Harvey) followed. We watched in awe. We returned to Marahau at high tide, landed and packed up. The more experienced kayakers continued rock gardening. As we rounded the point sheltering Split Apple Rock an unpredicted swell caught one experienced kayaker, left him high on a rocky outcrop and tipped him out of his boat. He was quickly rescued. Well done team! We were tired, but blown away by the four days of excitement, adventure and great company in the Abel Tasman National Park. The Hamiltonians and lone Aucklander, who had submitted to Moo Loo culture, took the long journey home in their stride.

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When visiting Moko Give him Space - Feeding and resting times are crucial for Moko. If you disturb him while he’s resting or searching for food his health will deteriorate.

Moko - The Dolphin - Help us keep him safe. By Robbie Banks What do you do when given an impromptu invite from your boss to go in search of Moko the dolphin in Whakatane - load up the kayaks and go! My daughter Jessie, on school holidays, was hanging out for a close encounter with this beautiful, elusive and mischievous mammal. Perfect! We found him resting by the mother dredging ship off the Whakatane bar, and followed him into the harbour. Asleep by a big orange buoy, he looked more like a fake decoy, than the real Mc Coy. From my days working on board the Dolphin Safari Boat I recalled dolphin interaction etiquette, but this is a different ball game with an eccentric Bottlenose loner. Moko is a male bottlenose dolphin measuring almost 3 metres and weighing 250 kg. Thought to be a teenager he is still growing. He first appeared in Mahia in March 2007 and thrilled locals for more than 2 years before moving to Gisborne and more recently to Whakatane. Moko is known for his playful antics. He enjoys playing fetch and pushing kayaks through the water with his snout as we soon found out firsthand. Sometimes Moko turns up with presents of fish for his human friends. But before you grab your costume and flippers, remember that Moko is a wild animal and swimming with him is at your own risk. Little is known about solo dolphins. There are only 90 or so known cases worldwide, 14 of which are from New Zealand. Some say that solo dolphins are social outcasts whilst others believe they separate from their pod by choice. Either way, solo dolphins are a rare phenomenon giving us an incredibly special, unique experience and insights that we wouldn’t otherwise have. Sadly the more the dolphin befriends us the less wary he becomes of us, our boats and other hazards. If you have the opportunity to visit Moko here is a brief outline provided by Project Jonah N.Z. For more in depth information visit www.projectjonah.org.nz

Hands-off - Touch him as little as possible as disease can be passed from human to dolphin and vice versa. If you touch him remove any jewelry as it could damage Mokos delicate skin. Avoid touching his face, eyes, and blowhole and don’t pull on his flippers or fin as these can be easily dislocated. Toys and rubbish are a no go - Moko loves playing with toys but there is a risk he could accidentally damage his skin, eyes or teeth. There’s also the risk that he may confuse these objects with things like fishing net buoys and become entangled. Please don’t encourage him to play with toys and if you see rubbish in the water or on the beach please pick it up. Thousands of dolphins die each year from swallowing or choking on marine debris. Don’t fight him - If he steals your boogie board or any other item, let him take it. Any lost property can be retrieved later on, usually when he becomes bored with it. Turn off the engine -If you are in a boat, and Moko is close by, shut down the engine.

Keep Clear - Approach from the side or behind. Don’t circle him or obstruct his path. Safety first ●● ●● ●● ●● ●●

Swim in groups never alone. Accompany young children in the water at all times. If at anytime Moko appears agitated or you feel uncomfortable leave the water. If you’re in the water and he won’t let you out, remain calm and call for help. Ask another person to distract him so you can exit the water.

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Al Rose, Jessie and Robbie Banks have an awesome experience with Moko in Whakatane.

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Kayak Fishing Safety – first things first, Andy Doncaster shares his tips on checking the weather and trip planning.

So you have bought your new fishing kayak and are keen to get on the water and into one of the fastest growing sports in New Zealand. For your sake, and the safety of those who may be called to rescue you, please check the weather before you launch. This basic precaution is often overlooked, particularly when ‘It’s a fine day’ I start with swellmap.com. This website offers valuable sets of data for safe planning. From wind speed and direction I identify a launch point close to sheltered water. Remember wind over the water may differ from what you are experiencing when you put in.

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Wave height tells you what you can expect off beaches in your area and swell direction indicates their effect on landing. Tide Height gives you an indication of tidal flow and depth of water. With this information you have a great foundation for planning a safe day on the water. When you are on the road or water your VHF radio, tuned to the local weather Channel, will give you up to date information. Most marine forecasts report tidal flow conditions. Now do your homework on where you will go for a day’s fishing. Identify a launch point based on the predicted weather conditions and you can expect to be safe on the water. However, as we all know, the weather does not always play the game, so use a chart of the area to identify emergency exit points should the weather, or any unforeseen event, catch you short. To avoid danger, exit points need to shelter you from wind and swell. With this in mind pick a main exit point, most conveniently the same as your entry point, and have one or two backups. On the water always know where you are so you can easily head to one of your exit points. And watch for weather change. A cloud build up generally indicates a coming wind, especially so when the cloud is a wall on the horizon. Remember your limitations and always tell at least two people where you will be going; where you will launch; all your emergency exit points; and when you expect to be off of the water. And it will save much anxiety and expense if you report, “I’m back!” Right: Information as seen on swellmap.com

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A New Lease of Life for Canoe & Kayak Manukau

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Canoe & Kayak Ltd are the proud new owners of Canoe & Kayak Manukau and we are all looking forward to a bright and exciting future. Peter Townend the Managing Director and founder of Canoe & Kayak is enthusiastic about the future plans for this great area and will focus the company on our existing and new retail customers and the building of the Yakity Yak club. “This is a great opportunity for us to make some very positive changes” Peter Townend said. Phil Linklater has remained working part time and Steve Smith, who has worked for Canoe & Kayak on a full time and part time basis over the last 4 years, will be managing the store. Steve will be supported by two new Team members; 'Club Captain', Nick Webb and a 'Senior Instructor', and they will organize and encourage club trips and courses. We are hoping the Senior Instructor role will be filled by an existing club or staff member or existing customer. If you are interested please give Peter Townend a call on Phone 0274 529255 or email pete@canoeandkayak.co.nz.

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Have Nothing To Do? Then Go Nowhere! Next time you’re planning annual leave, tell the boss you want a week off in April to join the annual Yakity Yak Club’s Whanganui River trip. (incorporating side trip to the Bridge to Nowhere). Upfront, it has to be said that this very popular 6-day trip would not be the success it is, without the preparation, personal commitment and unrelenting enthusiasm of Chef de Mission Pete Townend. (No Pete, as Editor in Charge you are not allowed to edit that out!).By his own admission, Pete claims the trip gets easier to organise each year but continues to succeed in the “full bellies, lots of laughter and spice of life” promised in his trip briefing.

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As the Whanganui River is a great place for learning and playing, the trip is an ideal club event for both novice and more advanced paddler. Additionally there’s all that scenery, the DOC camps and a magnificent piece of historical engineering, literally in the middle of nowhere. Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone you will be rewarded with improved self confidence and experience in paddling rapids. Oh sure you could easily set yourself up with a local tour company who throw a vessel at you that somewhat resembles a kayak, leave you to your own devices with only a map as your guide, or take the jet boat if you’re into speed. Neither compare to the opportunities and camaraderie you will get with this large well organised group. There’s no shortage of local knowledge from those club members who have made their way down the river before. You can glean information from packing and weight logistics (I say that as I recall one trip leader loading rocks into his kayak for balance and another stuffing scorched almonds so far up the nose of the kayak it took ½ an hour of hilarity to retrieve them), to kayak performance, paddle technique, river currents, eddies, v’s and pressure waves, and Maori protocol. This trip is not for you if you are on a serious diet. You will not go

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Trips and excursions are available through out the year with the Yakity Yak Club. Check out some of the trips coming up! Visit Moko in Whakatane, paddle to Motuihe Island, see the seals in the Abel Tasman, explore Waikaremoana, paddle the Mokau River. There’s even an expedition to Stewart Island or Milford Sound (Still in the planning stages). There’s something for everyone.

hungry. Pete T has the menus down pat and even organises “high tea” in the middle of nowhere. Once settled on a beach for lunch or into camp at night expect much, much more than a “Backcountry Dried Pack” meal. Resist going to bed early - for those that hang out late chocolate is the reward! You will have to rough it in a tent, (we were lucky with the weather god(ess) being kind to us). You will get wet. You may fall in. You will smell. In fact you will become increasingly paranoid about your smell. While you can do without luxuries pack a few pairs of spare undies – never underestimate the thrill and comfort of clean dry undies against your derriere after a wet day paddling! You will have to chip in. Help unload the canoes carrying communal food and cooking equipment. Jump into stirring, flipping, smashing, mixing, pouring and serving around the camp kitchen. The trip cost (which is great value for money), does not include Sherpas! Pete only has so many hands and nor should trip leaders be expected do all the work. Your contribution is essential to make the trip an enjoyable success for everyone. The final day sees you entering wider canyons and subsequent introduction to some of the more challenging rapids. You will, on that day, be well ready for the “big rapid”. Spillages and sinkages aside (nearly) everyone loves, and nobody forgets the last rapid. We were wet but the sun was shining. What more could you ask for? Contribution from Red Pod Team Member #4 River Trip 2010.

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Trans Taupo 2010

- event organiser Nick Reader reports on the 3rd annual event. I had mixed feelings standing at the finish of the 3rd Trans Taupo Race, mostly concern, jealousy and respect. A small amount of concern due to the wind climbing to 20 knots plus which was creating 1.5 m swells and blowing some paddlers off course. Jealousy because I wished I could have paddled the lake, got the blisters, stumbled out of my kayak and run to the finish (instead I was driving around the lake doing radio reports.) And finally respect for all the people who took on the race especially those who made it to the finish line over a long 44 km course in rough conditions. The 3rd annual Trans Taupo was held in 15-20 knot westerly winds on Saturday 20 March. There were a total of 110 paddlers who took on the 44km across Lake Taupo from Tokaanu to Taupo. Conditions were close to the limit of running the planned course which meant wind, waves, surfing and concentration. Lucky the lake was 19 degrees because there were a few people who went for an unplanned swim!!! The Mighty River Power Coastguard boat was kept busy all day making sure all paddlers were in their craft, on course and OK. Top Olympic paddler Mike Walker triumphed over defending champion Simon Mclaren by a couple of minutes with Tim Grammar in 3rd. (All three on surf skis). With a time of 3:30:41, Walker narrowly missed out on the course record by just 97 seconds. That honour still belongs to McLaren with his blistering performance in 2009 of 3:29:04. With waves up to 1.5 metres there would have been lots of surfing opportunities for the surf skis, but the final 15 km was challenging in the strong Westerly cross wind that swept across the main Taupo Bay. The Waka ama six man crew called team GOODYEAR followed up the trio of surf ski paddlers in 4th place and was just 14 minutes behind the overall winner. A fantastic effort from 6 guys in a big waka! In 5th overall, competing in the double sea kayak mixed class, were Glen Muirhead and Marianne Archer in 3:50:13. Double sea kayaks were one of the most popular craft this year and we think the social factor

Paddlers look over the 44km course. might have something to do with that. Placing first female and a great top 10 overall Dene Simpson piloted her surf ski home in 4:07:57, not far off the Sub 4 hour mark. 2010 was the year the big Waka became a part of the Trans Taupo. In total four Waka entered including a Waka 12 (Two 6 man Waka lashed together). The two Whanganui Waka ama crews discovered just how important a skirt is when one of their Waka filled with water just 500 metres from home. Their Waka then became a submarine, but they still managed to claw their way slowly to the shore and cheers of fellow competitors. The W12 entered by the local Taupo nui-a-tia College paddled well on leg one (18 km), but decided to pull out at that stage. 18 km is still a respectable distance and the crew is determined to complete the full 44 km in 2011. Jim Noble put in a fantastic effort in the 0ver 50’s category rowing a special wooden skiff. Jim’s race was made even harder when his rudder stopped functioning just before Hatepe meaning he had no steering for

It would take more than a submerged waka ama to stop the team from Whanganui finishing the race.

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the final 19 km with blustering cross winds. Jim first attempted the Trans Taupo crossing in 2008 in a wooden row boat, but had to pull out, so now it is Mission Accomplished. One of the most interesting features of the Trans Taupo is the variety of craft and people involved. Craft include surf ski, Waka ama, ocean rower and sea kayak. There are sit-ins, sit-ons, plastic, composite, wood, fibreglass, sit-forward, sit-back, one man, two man, three man, six man and twelve man. This makes a really colourful event mix and good conversations at the start and finish line. For the results please go to the Trans Taupo page at www.epicevents.co.nz. Included are overall, class, 6 km, club championship and the updated Sub 4 hour club. Please note that the times have been adjusted since they were first posted due to a timing error. The Trans Taupo has established itself as a classic open water paddling race. Most competitors across the finish line mentioned the ‘toughness’ of the race, but the looks of satisfaction on their faces showed that the crossing was worth the effort. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, and especially to Dan Moses of Canoe & Kayak Taupo for his efforts on the day. Photos are available at: http://ipaddle.ning.com/photo/albums/trans-taupo-paddle-1 Video link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WylIubeAZs

Kevin Yeoward of Taupo came in first of the composite sea kayak 50 plus division.

Taupo local Nigel Newbury finishes the trifecta.

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One River

By Jim Robinson

The Rangitaiki paddle marathon was a great race. More than that, it was a celebration of the people and history of the river. Crack and slurp. While a bunch of keen kayakers raced 42 km down the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Rangitaiki river - an exuberant finish line crowd slugged back mouthfuls of butter-tasting kina. Crack and slurp, crack and slurp. This was the “World Kina Eating Championships” and the prickly little sea urchins were going down a treat. The winning kina-eaters guzzled down their allocation of the Eastern Bay of Plenty delicacy faster than any other - which probably left their stomachs aching as much as the paddlers’ arms. All part of the fun. The kina championships were just one of the features of the inaugural Rangitaiki River Festival, held near Whakatane in late March. Highlight on the water was the Rangitaiki paddle marathon, a 42 km effort from Lake Matahina down to Thornton Beach. That included three boat portages, the first a difficult 1.2 km slog down the Matahina dam. Olympic Games kayakers Mike Walker and Dene Simpson were the mens and womens winners, both leading from early on. Walker was fifth in the K2 1000 m at the 2008 Olympic Games and he’s currently building up for a K4 bid for the London Games in 2012 so no surprise, 42 km was well within his comfort zone. Walker clocked 3 hrs 25 min and collected the title of North Island mens marathon paddling champion, plus a handy $700. “It was fun. It’s a great race,” the winner said. “It’s a good concept, paddling the river to the sea. It’s unique with the portages and tying in the history of the river.” Simpson, who paddled the K1 and K2 500 m for South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, was equally impressive. The 52 year-old clocked 3 hrs 49 min to finish fourth individual overall. “Such a well rounded day,” Simpson reckoned. “The hard work paddling down the river was no surprise, but the rest of the day was. There was the soulful start, a great race design and course, cheerful and conscientious support all along the way, an inviting finish, and substantial and welcome prizes. [You] can’t get better than that.” That “soulful start” was a welcome from local iwi representatives to the

This wasn’t your usual kayak marathon which included portages and all kinds of craft.

lake. As the sun rose above the rippling waters they spoke of the river’s significance and then sang, calling for a safe journey for the individual and teams paddlers. And so it proved. While the Rangitaiki has a good flow, there’s only one rapid, a short spell of churn across the fault line of the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake. Other than that, the only river hazards are ancient tree trunks which rise high out of the river near Edgecumbe. They’re easy to avoid: part of the character of the river. The conclusion of the Festival saw stones from other regions on the river being dropped into the river mouth as a symbol of unity. Simpson reckoned that was a special gesture: “A race is just a race after all. But life before and beyond that is real.” Results: www.whakatane.com

New Zealand kayaking Olympian Mike Walker completed the paddle marathon in 3 hrs 35 min and gained the title of North Island mens marathon paddling champion.


Metro Man to Outdoors Man - What’s Changed? For hundreds of years, people venturing of yelling at my wife – she reminds me it was all

into the outdoors kept themselves warm over a “stupid spanner”. Hypothermia increases with woollen long johns and trousers, jackets and animal skins. Look at any of the photos of Captain Scott in Antarctica or Sir Edmund Hillary, before he was knighted, on Everest. These were the available products and did the job amazingly well. Today we are blessed with state-of-the-art materials, Many developed as part of the military or Space Exploration. Thirty years ago kayakers were told, “Bring a wetsuit if you have one, polypropylene or a wool top and bottom (state-of-the-art then) and a windbreaker”. On one river trip I froze, became hypothermic and made the cardinal sin

the chance of making really bad decisions. Yelling at your partner might be the least of your worries, as a bad decision in the outdoors is when an accident happens. Keeping warm is a crucial safety issue. What will keep you warm and safe? My preference is a range of polypropylene, neoprene, sharkskin, paddle jackets and dry tops. Often neoprene shorts, booties and a single polypropylene top will be ample. However, it is vital to “plan for the worst and hope for the best”. You need to take the next layers, a paddle jacket for a temperate climate and a Dry top for cooler climates. I layer up more polypropylene as needed to get the desired warmth. Recently wind proof and fleece lined watersport apparel known as Sharkskins have been developed. On colder days these have become my standard first layer. I support them with a paddle jacket or a dry top and a good beanie or scull cap on my scone. Sharkskins are extremely warm, comfortable and practical. There is absolutely no reason to be cold these days, the space age stuff is here: all you have to do is put it on. So to recap, a polyprop on warm days with neoprene shorts is great but when the days turn cold don’t be hypothermic, get some Sharkskins and a GOOD paddle jacket and enjoy your paddling year round. Peter Townend Editor

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New Marauder- Performance Fishing Boat Cobra Kayaks Press Release

After more than a year and a half in development, with continual feedback from the kayak fishing community, Cobra Kayaks are proud to present the ‘new Marauder’. Historically, the Marauder has been one of Cobra Kayaks most popular performance fishing kayaks. At 4.3 metres long and 780 mm (31”) wide, and 24 kgs (52 lbs) and with more than 200kgs (470 lbs) capacity the Marauder has been one of Cobra’s best selling kayaks, with an ideal combination of length and beam for good hull speed, and good stability. The hull shape remains the same with features such as ample rocker, giving the Marauder nice manoeuvrability, and with the sweeping

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bow shape, the boat is dry and seaworthy in even the roughest conditions. Cobra has taken the Marauder’s best features and with feedback from ‘fishos’ from around the world, has made some major changes to the deck configuration- creating the ideal performance fishing kayak.

A new sealed centre hatch, complete with a bung so that it can be used as a live well. The Marauder is now fitted with an optional rudder system for better performance on long distance paddles - giving the new Marauder even better manoeuvrability.

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“We feel that we have refined the Marauder so that we now have one of the best performing, best set up fishing kayaks on the water today,” your choice of fish finder/GPS unit. The deck has been reconfigured with a new sealed centre hatch, complete with a bung so that it can be used as a live well if desired. But, soft baiters will love this feature for its mega-convenient storage, and they can feel in large seas (as the storage is sealed from the

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interior of the boat) that there is no chance of flooding the boat if water comes aboard. The new storage area measures approximately 210 x 470 x 170 (deep) mm. Cobra has created a unique hatch cover - with simple and easy to secure bungy loop tie downs, to secure the cover on the well. A plastic bait board lies over the cover, with a

convenient recess for storing a fishing knife or icky tool. Aft of the well, there is ample room for a small rectangular hatch or a 10” round hatch, to maximize storage in the cockpit area. The bow area can take the Cobra ‘A’ hatch to maximize storage. The foot wells are wider than on the old

Marauder - with more than 50 mm extra clearance on each side. Fishermen with large feet or booties can now comfortably fit in the wider foot wells. The OZO rudder controls are easy to adjust and fit in special recesses within the foot well. The Marauder can take 4 flush mount rod holders, 2 aft of the seat

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Smoked Fish

By Ruth E. Henderson

For something more traditional than my favourite of whole hot-smoked fish served with a salad – try this recipe for “Smoked Fish in white parsley sauce.” Works just as well in a billy as it does stove top at home. Ingredients: ‡‡ ‡‡ ‡‡

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1. Melt butter (or use same quantity of margarine or vegetable oil.) Bring to a quiet bubble (don’t burn). 2. Add flour and mix to a crumbled consistency and heat 1 to 2 minutes until dry (don’t burn).3. Add ½ cup of milk and stir continuously until it forms a thick paste. 4. Add a further ½ cup of milk (again stirring continuously) until it forms a smooth paste. 5. Add further milk a little at a time (still stirring) until you get a creamy sauce. 6. Heat sauce for approximately 5 minutes, still stirring. 7. Flake smoked fish taking care to remove all scales and bones and add to sauce and heat through. 8. Add and stir in finely chopped parsley to mixture and heat 1 to 2 minutes. If at any time sauce becomes too thick, simply add a little milk and stir until smooth and creamy. To avoid sauce becoming lumpy at the various stages of preparation the secret is to keep stirring until lumps disappear. Serving suggestions – with mashed potatoes and peas/beans etc for dinner or on toast for lunch. Put leftovers in a container and have cold, with crackers for lunch or with that kayaking tradition, pre-dinner nibbles.

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Half day guided trip to the rock carvings, Lake Taupo... only accessible by boat. A leisurely paddle of about 3 km to the rock carvings. The largest is over 10 m high and from below in a kayak it is imposing.

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Test Paddle: Steady or Snappy By Tony Barrett

The Kekeno and the Breaksea are two kayak designs introduced by Paddling Perfection. One grey day in March, I took the opportunity to test both these kayaks for a day trip on Raglan Harbour. The Kekeno, named after the NZ fur seal, is the stable, small cruiser that someone who wants stability and security will love. Only 4 m long it’s not so much a long distance cruiser as a day paddler. In looks it resembles a baby Seabear with its V hull, large hatches and full volume bow. Performance wise, it’s hugely stable, with no suggestion it wants to get any wetter than it has to. For such a small sea kayak I was impressed at how it surfed the small choppy waves on the harbour with ease. The Kekeno is like a small family hatchback – it’s not going to scare you with its power but it will be secure and reliable. The Breaksea is the Ferrari of the kayak world, narrow at around 540 mm wide and 5.22 m long, fine bow entry and a huge turn of speed. On the GPS we clocked a maximum speed of 12.6 kph and found we could maintain a steady cruising speed of 10 km/hr. Of course, for all that speed you have to accept that the Breaksea will not have the stability of the Kekeno. With its gentle rounded hull, the boat is very lively and a novice paddler would need time to get used to that. For a paddler who is comfortable bracing and rolling you can push the Breaksea to its most playful maximum. It responds well to very aggressive railing and you can carve a fast turn, and have great fun with it. Upwind into chop it eats up the mileage. Looks wise, the hatches are recessed into the hull in a “European” kind of style that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

What both kayaks share in common is they will suit mid to smaller sized people best – the Kekeno due to its smaller size and the Breaksea due to its smaller width. Where they differ is that each kayak serves a specific group of people. The Kekeno will suit someone who wants the lightness of a fibreglass or Kevlar kayak, the reliability of a secure, stable craft, and isn’t interested in keeping up with longer sea kayaks. The Breaksea will suit someone who wants a performance sea kayak that is fast and lively, and it will be the other kayaks trying to keep up with you!

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Railblaza Has Introduced a New Mounting System Launched in February this year, RAILBLAZA's StarPort Mounting System is destined to be a hit within the canoe and kayak community. The StarPort system is simple, flexible and inexpensive. You can surface or flush-mount a StarPort to the hull. From there, you can add and lock a rod holder, a G-HOLD grip, a flag for extra visibility, an eye or webeye for tethering, or even a small cutting surface. Each StarPort is a helping hand on the water. Even StarPort's pedigree is impressive. Product developer Ross Pratt has spent his entire 30-year career in the Marine industry, and the central connecting design of the StarPort is based on a common sailboat's top handle winch handle receiver: if this hole is robust enough to hold a steel winch handle, it'll hold a paddle to the side, a tether to another kayak, anything to help you extend your experience outdoors. Learn more about RAILBLAZA and new product offerings at www.railblaza.com, or contact your nearest Canoe & Kayak stores.

New Great Stuff Safety Flag/light They look the same, but Great Stuff LED safety lights have recently been updated. New LED bulb technology provides a 50% increase in light power without increasing power consumption.

KAYAKA Paddle Boardshort These Paddle Boardshorts from Bodyline are extremley comfortable and warm. The inner short is made of 100% Ultraspan Super Stretch Neoprene and 100% quick dry Nylon outer shell. Soft, lightweight and flexible. Anatomically designed for maximum fit, stretch & warmth. Match with the KAYAKA TOPS to maximize your water sport performance. Designed in New Zealand!

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KAYAKA Long John

As the winter comes, you’ll need to be looking at some extra protection.Bodyline’s Kayaka Long Johns are ideal for winter fishing and surf casting. The full length body keeps your torso warm while allowing full movement of your arms for paddling. Match this with a Kayaka top to maximize your protection and comfort. As with all Bodyline gear, they are anatomically designed for maximum fit, stretch & warmth. There is also a handy key pocket. Kayaka Long Johns are proudly made in New Zealand.

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Start Your Adventure Here Sea Kayaking SKILLS COURSE A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a competent and safe paddler. The course develops techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results. It runs over a weekend or by request in the evenings. With this course you become a Yakity Yak member with access to lots of trips and activities around the country.

Duration: 1 Weekend

RESCUE COURSE

WEATHER & NAVIGATION

You need rescue skills to look after yourself and your paddling buddies in adverse conditions. This course covers towing systems, capsized kayaks, TRescues, paddle floats, stern deck carries, re-enter and roll.

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ESKIMO ROLLING

Understanding the weather and ability to navigate in adverse conditions is vital when venturing into the outdoors. Learn to use charts and compasses and forecast the weather using maps and the clouds.

Duration: 4 Sessions

KAYAK SURFING You’ll learn the skills required to become a competent Eskimo Roller. You increase your confidence, allowing you to paddle safely in more challenging conditions.

Duration: 4 Sessions

OCEANS COURSE

An advanced course designed to build on your skills. It covers paddling technique, kayak control, rescues, preparation, planning and decision making.

Duration: 1 Weekend/ Overnight

Surfing is heaps of fun when you know how. You will spend the evenings starting in small surf and building up to one and a half metre waves. We use a range of sit-on-tops and kayaks to make it fun and easy to learn. Skills to be taught include surfing protocol, paddling out, direction control, tricks and safety.

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White Water Kayaking INTRO TO WHITE WATER A comprehensive course designed to cover the skills required to become a competent paddler. Starting off in a heated pool and . progressing through flat water to moving water, it allows you to develop techniques and confidence at an enjoyable pace with great end results.

Duration: 1 Weekend

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On this course you continue to build on the Intro to White Water course, developing your skills, technique and confidence on faster moving white water and progressing to a Sunday day trip on a Grade 2 river. It includes eddie turns, ferry gliding, rolling, surfing and building new skills in River Rescue techniques and River Reading.

Duration: 1 Weekend

ADVANCED WHITEWATER

A comprehensive package of instruction and coaching designed to progressively build your kayaking skills to NZKI 1 Star & Grade 2 Racing Certificate level. Run over three weekends you are introduced to white water, develop water confidence, river reading and white water skills. You’ll enjoy river running instruction on the fastest lines and rebooting all the other skills we have taught you during your first two weekends.

Duration: 3 Weekends

RIVER RESCUES Suitable for paddlers who feel comfortable on Grade 1 to 2 rivers, you learn rope skills, muscle techniques, team control, heads up, risk management and combat swimming and skills required to cope with entrapments, kayak wraps, swimming kayakers and their equipment.

Duration: 1 Weekend

Sharpen your white water skills and learn simple rodeo moves. We focus on skills such as river reading, body position and rotation, advanced paddle technique, playing in holes and negotiating higher Grade 3 rapids. We recommend you are already feeling comfortable on Grade 2+ rapids.

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Family Kayaking The best part of summer is spending time at the beach, on the boat or in the water. What better way to enhance the experience than to take a kayak with you. A kayak allows you to get away from the crowded beach and find a more secluded bay around the corner. The kids will love paddling, jumping off, or swimming around the kayak. Paddle around the rocks to get to your fishing spot, or explore the coastline, lakes and rivers. Sit - on - top kayaks are extremely stable making them suitable for young and old. Your options are endless. You can customize your kayak, to suit your needs. Adding seats for comfort, storage hatches, anchor systems, rod holders, and even GPS and fishfinders! There is a kayak to suit all uses. Grab a kayak that surfs well and the ‘older’ kids will have hours of enjoyment. Fun for the whole family.

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1 Escapee

Length: 3.3 m, Weight: 23 kg, Width: 740mm

2 Tandem

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 25.9 kg, Width: 915mm

3 Flow

Length: 2.95m, Weight: 19kg, Width: 750mm

4 Play

Length: 3.1 m, Weight: 18 kg, Width: 711 mm

5 Kiwi

Length: 3.75 m, Weight: 20 kg Std, $ 23 kg Excel & 18 kg Light, Width: 740 mm

6 Escapade

Length: 3.46 m, Weight: 27 kg, Width: 750 mm

7 Explorer

Length: 3.4 m, Weight: 18.2 kg, Width: 790 mm

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$ 1895

1 Helios II

Length: 3.8 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 750 mm

2 Safari

Length: 3.04 m, Weight: 12.5 kg, Width: 720 mm

$ 1695

3 Twist I

Length: 2.6 m, Weight: 6 kg, Width: 790 mm Length: 3.6 m, Weight: 9 kg, Width: 830 mm

$ 995

4 Twist II 5 Helios I 6 Whakapapa

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1 Viper

Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width:550 mm

$1695

2 Hurricane

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 12 kg, Width: 490 mm

$3040

3 Gladiator

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 15.5 kg, 13.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 530 mm

$2860

4 Swallow

Length: 5.4 m, Weight: 14 kg, 12 kg Kevlar, Width: 480 mm

$2710

5 Duet

Length: 7.0 m, Weight: 29 kg, 24 kg Kevlar, Width: 550mm

$5260

6 Firebolt

Length: 5.9 m, Weight: 14.5 kg, 12.5 kg Kevlar, Width: 455 mm

$2860

7 Maximus

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg Width: 510mm

$3730

8 Tribear

Length: 6.4 m, Weight: 16 kg Width: 510mm

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Length: 4.8 m, Weight: 26.5 kg std, 23 kg light, Width: 610 mm

$2545

2 Sea Bear Pack Horse

Length: 6.0 m, Weight: 40 kg std, 38 kg Kevlar, Width: 850 mm

$5495

9 Southern Skua

Length: 5.4m, Weight: 22kg, Width: 600mm

$4400

3 Eco Niizh XLT

Length: 5.65 m, Weight: 45 kg, Width: 760 mm

$4250

10 Foveaux Express

Length: 5.0 m, Weight: 19 kg, Width: 600mm

$4280

4 Incept Pacific

Length: 5.35 m, Weight: 22 kg, Width: 670 mm

$3690

11 Torres

Length: 5.6m, Weight: 23 kg std, Width: 600mm

$4400

5 Skua

Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 27 kg std, 24 kg light, Width: 600 mm

$2775

12 Break Sea

Length: 5.2 m, Weight: 22.5 kg std, 20 kg Kevlar Width: 520mm

$3995

6 Beachcomber

Length: 4.9 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 600 mm

$2950

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Length: 3.95 m, Weight: 21.5 kg std, 19 kg Kevlar, Width: 630mm

$3495

7 Tasman Express

Length: 5.3 m, Weight: 29 kg Std, 25 kg light, Width: 620mm

$2775

14 Incept Tasman

Length: 4.35 m, Weight: 17 kg, Width: 670 mm

$2970

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A day out on the Teigdale By Josh Neilson

Over the past few years I have been lucky to experience the travelling kayaker lifestyle and have paddled some amazing and remote places. Often there are cool rivers, but now and then I come across one that fits in the ‘Top 5’. There is no formula to rank the ‘Top 5’, but you know, when you find one, it’s worth writing about! The Teigdale in the waterfall rich lands of Norway is one that joins Tree Trunk Gorge and the Aratiatia Rapids. From our base in Voss it’s only a 20 minute drive to the take out. Coming round a corner, right in front of you is ‘double drop’, possibly the best way to end a day’s kayaking! Here you can gauge the river level and head for the put in. The road is flat for about a kilometre then it suddenly heads for the sky! At the top you go through an old tunnel emerging into an alpine world. There’s an old wooden bridge over a small rocky creek which doesn’t look promising but is apparently ‘good to go’. After paddling for a few minutes of tight bumpy sieved out mank the walls are more solid and the drops become waterfalls! The first main drop is a small boof onto a pillow which throws you left and into a wall-ride, then off a nice 30 footer into the pool below! From here you are committed to a big slide down stream! The run has more clean drops until you come to one that you’ll need to scout. The line looks sweet but the lip of the drop is wide and shallow. It is likely to cause bottoming out and going over the handlebars. I was last to run and could not see the others’ lines. I hit the lip, went over and landed headfirst in very green water! At the pool I found there had been similar crashes! Making our way down river someone would get out, scout a fall and relay the best line back to the others. We then paddled it, unsighted, and kept the ball rolling. Paddling with a crew you know well, you trust

your mate’s line and enjoy the drop without seeing it. This makes for fun times! After several drops we came to Notter Drop, one of the most infamous in the Norwegian Guide book. It is named after Andy Notter, the first to run it. He was badly injured. Since then Mike Abbott is the only paddler to run it cleanly. On this day Sam Sutton decided to fire it up and styled it. It was cool to watch! 90% of the water drops about 7 metres onto a rock, the other 10% lands on water. After a tough 40 metres entry your kayak has to be in that 10% to make it out! Below Notter Drop the river flattens out and you enter the last gorge with a blind 7 metre ramp down to the right or a boof off to the left. It’s a crazy feeling paddling up to something with such a big horizon having not seen what it looks like! All good though! This is the entry to the gorge that ends in ‘Double Drop’. Although you are running these big drops part of your mind is thinking about the really big one! Ever since I thought about kayaking in Norway, I have longed to paddle ‘Double Drop’! In 2008 the water level was too low. But now, a year later, standing at the lip was such a sweet feeling! You have an 8 metre drop into a 4 metre long pool before a 12 metre drop into the take out pool. The thought of boofing as hard as I can, and landing as flat as I can, off an 8 metre drop made my back cringe a little. Sitting in the eddy at the top I was so excited! Finally here! I moved into the current and headed for the lateral wave at the lip which lined me up perfectly for the boof. And what a boof it was! Seeing the bottom pool but not the middle pool, I was ‘flying’ until I felt a soft cushion under my boat! Not what I expected but all good! There was a lot of spray and not much time to react for the next lip. Through the mist I lined my boat up, rolled off, tucked forward and dived into the pool! Pushed out from


the falls I was stoked with soft landings on both falls , the amazing sight looking back, and hearing the rest of the crew yelling! A beautiful day, a solid crew of mates, good flow and sick waterfalls help to put rivers in the ‘Top 5’. With out a doubt the Teigdale made the cut and will be in the list for years to come! Cheers to Sam & Jamie Sutton, Dylan Thomson, Bradley Lauder, Will Clark, the crew on the river that day. It was amazing! You can check out some of the other sweet rivers we have been lucky enough to paddle on www.whitewater-koa.blogspot.com


And this is how it’s done - Josh Neilson in the Double Drop sequence - Photo by Sam Sutton


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