Tahi, rua, toru, wha! Hoea to waka! Meet the team of boys who are training hard for the big competition in this exciting story about waka ama racing!
A story celebrating the traditional Polynesian sport of outrigger canoe racing, from the creators of the bestselling The Girls in the Kapa Haka.
These are the crew of the waka, which race
side-by-side at a heart-thumping, breath-taking pace.
Their whanau have gathered along the shore -
"Kia tere! Kia tere! Kia tere - give more!"
The waka glides faster, the boys dig in deep.
There will be no rest till this race is complete
as they race in the waka ama.
With a lovely singing text and vibrant illustrations, this timely story celebrates all aspects of this incredibly popular and fast-growing sport that is so special to Aotearoa.
“Angie Belcher's text beautifully conveys the young crew's determination, urgency and achievement. A glossary of te reo Maori terms used in waka ama is a welcome feature, and the paddle-adorned endpapers are a lovely touch.”
Otago Daily Times
“This book follows the boys in the waka ama team as they get ready for a race. After a karakia they get down to the race, with their whanau yelling encouragement — Kia tere (give more)! The text is predominantly in English and includes a glossary of Maori words at the end. It is a lively story on a popular sport with colourful illustrations and should hit the spot for young readers.”
Ann Kilduff, Rotorua Daily Post
“This book sees a young team rise to a big challenge. From training to racing, as this book reveals, there’s no time to rest because the crew must dig deep (quite literally) as friends and whanau cheer them on.”