Waka Ama at Lake Ngatu – Friday 20th March

In Week 4, Te Kauru had a sleep over in class followed by a visit to Lake Ngatu to take part in Water Safety and Waka Ama with Garth from Sport Northland. It was an excellent opportunity for everyone to get to know each other a little better and to gain excitement for our year ahead!

Thanks to Garth from Sport Northland for a wonderful day at Lake Ngatu. Once again, he taught us so much about water safety and Waka Ama.

A huge THANKS to the ladies from Te Hiku, for providing a delicious sausage sizzle lunch. Also thanks to Louisa and Anahera for teaching us about being healthy and we are definately going to follow your mahi, “Water’s best, forget the rest!!” It is amazing to be part of such an outstanding community.

We are very lucky to be supported by a great staff and wonderful group of parents. We would like to say a very special thank you to Shaye, Yvette and our wonderful parents for making our sleep over and day at the lake possible.  We can’t wait till the next time!

On Friday 20th March our class were lucky enough to go to Lake Ngatu to take part in Waka Ama with Garth from Sport Northland. First we had to do a long walk from school to the lake which made the whole of Te Kauru exhausted. The lake was a bit murky but the surface was glistening in the bright hot sun. We were excited to be able to experience this glorious feeling once again. The sun made us feel as though we were cooking cacti lying in the desert. “IT WAS SO HOT!” We were bursting to get into the cold but refreshing water.

Allegra and Sally

My favourite parts of Waka Ama was getting in the Waka Ama and the safety drills. It was so fun going out in the Waka Ama and paddling out to the middle of the lake. Before Waka Ama we did a safety drill.


My favorite parts were swimming at the lake, the sleep over in the long hall with all my friends and getting hit in the knee cap by a soft ball by Aaron. The best part was going on the huge wakas. Our class had a blast. We all enjoyed spending time together and getting to know each other better. 

Ethan C.

My favorite part was going to the lake, it was sizzling hot! When we jumped in the lake it felt like the Arctic. Waka Ama was terrific. When I hopped in the waka and pushed off I could feel the power in my arms as we stroked. When I jumped out of the waka I sensed sausage smells. I hopped they were as hot and steamy as I thought.


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  1. Lia Corrigan 6 March 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Awesome sunny day, kids looked like they loved being out in the water on the waka and swimming. It was great to be a part of the day!! Thanks for having Te Hiku Hauora Mobile Nursing Team and I hope our sausages were up to standard haha
    Nga mihi
    Lia, Fiona and Eleanor

  2. louisa 6 March 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Had a fantastic day with you all. Love the activity and culture at Paparore. Thank you for ensuring all our tamariki have the opportunity to engage in such activities. Nga mihi

  3. Courtney 12 March 2015 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I had a fantastic time at Lake Ngatu and I really enjoyed the safety drills out in the deep water (apart from the time when Raven accidently pulled me under). Thanks to all of the helpers who made this day possible, we couldn’t have done it without you.

  4. Kaleece 13 March 2015 at 1:14 am - Reply

    That was a terrific sleep over! At Lake Ngatu, it was very sunny, it was a good day to smear sunblock on your body!

  5. Jasmine 18 March 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much to everyone for helping. I got to know all my friends better.
    Thank you most to Whaea Deb!!!!! 🙂

  6. Allegra 30 March 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    HA HA HA. Justin must be really good at taking selfies of himself!

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