On Saturday the 7th of April, we had our 3rd annual Ka Waewae Tātahi o te Awa Tupua event. We had 15 teams and 1 individual participating with a total of 150 participants and up to 200 people in attendance on the day.
The Awa Hikoi began at Pipiriki with Terence Matthews responsible for facilitating the warm up. At 7:45am our walking participants made their way down the Whanganui river road where they were greeted by kaimahi and Maori Wardens at each Marae/transition.
Our teams were made up of friends, kuia, koroua, aunties, uncles, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and even great grandchildren. It was humbling to see participants who wouldn’t normally participate in any physical activity. It is always extra special too see our whānau who travel home to participate in our annual event.
All teams made it to the finish line at Pungarehu where they were greeted by our MC Manahi, kaimahi and our very own Wheturangi (CEO) who had the privilege of congratulating our whanau with medals.
Delicious Health kai was available from Kiriannas stall & Pep was selling “Ka Waewae Tātahi o te Awa Tupua” merchandise for all our whanau.
A huge mihi out to all our participants, kaimahi, maori wardens, downer and all of our sponsors for making this event possible!
To view some awesome footage of our Ka Waewae Tātahi o te Awa Tupua event, click here