Maroro: A flying fish that crosses the bow of a waka.
On Monday April 5th with a small gathering of clubbies, we fare welled Maroro, one of our club`s oldest waka. Maroro and Manaia, commonly called the 1990`s, as that`s when they were made, have served our club for 30+ years, and taught literally hundreds of clubbies during its tenure, to paddle and enjoy waka ama.
A lovely mihimihi and karakia was given by Karoha George, followed by reminiscent korero by both Gary Richards and Gill Robertson, two of the club`s longest serving active members, who recalled waka stories of Maroro and Manaia on the harbour and at various regatta.
Wednesday April 7th saw Maroro leave with karanga, to send it onto its new home at Omokoroa Primary School, where it will continue to teach young children, under the watchful gaze of clubbie and retired teacher, Liz Webster.
Haere atu ra i te rangatira, haere atu ra, haere atu ra.