Holiday Programmes

Waka Kapiti Wheako - Sailing Programme

5 Gardens Road, Raumati marine park, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu. 
Group numbers 
Open to all ages and abilities; no previous experience required.  Numbers are limited for health and safety purposes.
A maximum of 5 students 
The programme
The programme aims to support youth and adults by providing skills and experiences they may need in life and also fostering initiative where whanau want to learn and create a positive future for themselves, whānau (Family), hapū (subtribe/ community) and Iwi (tribe/village/wider community).
The Holopuni sailing programme is a unique  historical sailing course engaging Te Ao Māori (Māoridom) and connects the student to ancestral hands on learning (mahi a nga Tupuna) to enhance;
  • Taha Whenua (connecting with the environment),
  • Taha Wairua (spiritual wellbeing),
  • Taha Tinana (Physical wellbeing),
  • Taha Hinengaro (Mental wellbeing),
  • Taha Whanau (Family wellbeing),

and reconnect to the environment while learning, demonstrating and practice ocean safety, gaining sailing skills, and the rich History of Kapiti and Ancestral voyagers. 

Learning goals
 – history of Holopuni
 – parts and names of the waka and hoe(paddle)
 – knots/lashings
 – rigging
 – helmsman
 – waka safety equipment
 – weather and tides
 – Trip planning
Approved police vetting clearance, working in Kura and with rangatahi

Nukuao Tākao

Year 9 Student at Te Kura-a-iwi O whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Practicing Lashing skills and the importance of waka maintenance  

Rangimarie Kara 


Learning the art of wayfinding.

Holiday programme held in August 2021

Pictured Front to back:

Te Ata Baker-O’conner, Huia Winiata, Te Uhi Marsh 

Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rito Practicing knots

Ngatarawa Wilson

Year 8 Student at Te Kura-a-iwi O whakatupuranga Rua Mano

Splicing Rope

Waka Kapiti Responsibilities 

Waka Kapiti take great pride in manaakitanga and leading by example in duty of care to our staff, clients and visitors to ensure health and safety.

Clients Responsibilities  
The clients are responsible for self duty of care, to respect and follow health and safety guidelines implemented by Waka Kapiti, to ensure the safety to clients staff and visitors.
Clients must inform the guide of any unrelated health issues and recents surgerys.
Waka Kapiti base our decisions on the safety of the sea conditions, and the capabilities of clients. Sensible assessment of the environment, clear instructions and adequate supervision is the key to risk management.
Tours and programmes are weather dependent.