In bringing old and young together in the name of Waka Ama, a plethora of family faces turned out to celebrate the beginning of another campaign for Rāhui Pōkeka Water Sports in Huntly.
For veteran Lad Kihi, there is much happiness in seeing the vitality that the club has bought to the area.
“For the children, the Rāhui Pōkeka club has been great. The majority of the children are from Te Wharekura o Rākaumangamanga.
Nine of our grandchildren attend the school so that's why we're here to support.”
Today's occasion is seen to be an opportunity for children to follow in the footsteps of their older family members to better understand and embrace the sport.
The club has high hopes leading into next week’s nationals.