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This page is being developed to publicise preparations for the celebration of the first 50 years of Arawa Canoe Club. We aim to keep this updated with news as plans progress. In the meantime, spread the word and get involved.

Friday, 23 March, 20186:00pm - 8:00pmSocial DrinksKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20188:00am - 11:30amMulti-Sport EventKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20181:00pm - 4:00pmSocial PaddleAvon-Otakaro RiverDetails to follow
Saturday, 24 March, 20186:00pm - 10:30pmCelebration DinnerNew Brighton ClubDetails to follow
Sunday, 25 March, 201810:00 - 12:00pmSprint Racing EventKerr's ReachDetails to follow
Sunday, 25 March, 201812:00pm - 2:00pmBBQKerr's ReachDetails to follow

Spread the word - tell your paddling friends to join in and let's make it a weekend to remember. More information to come. Stay up to date - Like our Arawa 50 Facebook Page, or bookmark this page and check back soon.

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Details of the various events planned to provide social and sporting opprtunities for members, past and present, to come together to celebrate what Arawa represents today, and remember the many personalities who have contributed to our club over the years.

Social Drinks

To kick the weekend off, a get together at the Arawa Canoe Club, Kerr's Reach, will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, new and old, to see what's going on at the club today and share stories and memorabilia that make up the club's rich history.

The Redzone Rage

Making the most of the current state of the Arawa "neighbourhood", the Redzone Rage will is in honour to the clubs history in developing paddlers involved in multi-sport and adventure racing events around the country. Short Course and Long Course events are on the drawing board, aimed to provide a fun event for athletes and weekend warriors of all ages and abilities.

Avon-Otakaro Descent

For the more socially minded paddlers, this event will involve a light hearted float through Christchurch and down to the Arawa Canoe Club. If it's a hot day, there may be a few stops for refreshments. A cool day and we may need to stop on the odd occassion to warm up. Following on from the Redzone Rage, kayak transport from the club to the start can be arranged on the club's trailers. Register quick to secure a space.

Celebration Dinner

Share a buffet meal and stories from our guest speakers.

Sprint Regatta

A social sprint regatta will provide an opportunity to see the clubs fleet of sprint craft in action on Kerr's Reach. Open to all members, past and present, racing will be short and sharp and provide fun and specticle for participants and spectators alike.

Event Registration

All of the events planned will offer free entry to past and present club members, with the exception of the dinner where costs need to be covered. There will be a link up soon to allow for event registration and to book your place at the Celebration Dinner. For now, you can email us to let us know you're interested.


To stay in touch with developments for our 50th celebrations, please complete the survey below so we know how to contact you and capture some details about your involvement with Arawa and paddlesport.


Event management, public speaking, historical research - Do you have some time, energy and skills to help with orgainsing the celebrations? Drop us a line and get involved


Over the years the club has operated from different locations, with every evolving membership and committees. Information about the club's history has become dispersed or lost. We'd like to take the opportunity that the anniversary celebrations present to capture memories and memorabilia (news articles, newsletters, photgraphs, club recors, artifacts, etc) that help tell the story of our club's history.

Web Page

We have started a webpage dedicated to this purpose. While this is in it's early stages of development, we'd like you to contribute any any way you are able - make a contribution, correct an error or ommission, point us in the direction of someone who can help. Check out the Awara History Page