This page is being developed in conjunction with preparations for the celebration of the first 50 years of Arawa Canoe Club. We aim to present a summary of the events, characters and legends that have contributed to the success of the club over the years.
The information collected here is the result of many hours of research, trolling through historical records. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information presented here, we would appreciate any input that helps to build on the gaps and correct any errors or misinterpretation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to offer information or suggestions for improvement.
1967 - The first dated records of the Arawa Canoe Club suggest that the club was formed in the first half of 1967. The annual subscription for Senior members was set at £ 1.0s.0d and £ 0.10s.0d for Juniors, under 16 years.
18th of June, 1967 - Possibly the first documented club day held at Kerr's Reach.
24th of October, 1968 - Arawa Canoe Club registered as an Incorporated Society.
The Arawa Shark logo appeared on early club correspondence. We'd like to confirm it's origin and credit the artist who was responsible for it's design. If you can shed any light on this please let us know. According to Maori legend Te Arawa was the name of the name of the canoe (and tribe) that travelled from Hawaiki to Aotearoa. The name was derived from a species of shark.
An early newsletter describes a very social event descending down the Avon from Deans Ave with various "portages" of note along the way. Seven Perilous Portages describes the event in humourous detail.
Arawa leased clubrooms at Kerr's Reach from the Union Rowing Club. The building had been on the site since 1952 when it was transported from Lyttelton. Membership at the time was recorded as 35.
The clubrooms previously leased from URC were purchased with the help of Community Trust Funding.
Kayak storage racks increased from 40 cappacity to 65.
AGM approved formation of working group to redevelop the clubrooms.
2001 - AGM approved the complete development plan for the new clubrooms.
2002.03.08 - The Burning of the Original Clubrooms
2002/3 - New Club Room development coordinated by Terry Duff (Architect), Graham Allan (Project Coordinator), John Corney and Lloyd Bathurst
2003 - New Club Rooms opened by Christchurch Mayor, Garry Moore
2010 - Extension to the Club Rooms - East Shed added.
2010/11 - Canterbury Earthquakes damage Club Rooms.
2017 - Access and Parking upgrade at Kerr's Reach completed by CCC.
Their have been many people over the years who have contributed to and represented Arawa with pride and passion. This page acknowledges those people and their individual and collective effort in building Arawa into the club that it is today.
|Year Awarded||Life Member|
|Stafford (Taff) Hubbard|
|1967||Murray Coulter||Murray Coulter|
|1968||PM Grant||Grace Brooks||M Slade|
|1969||Grace Brooks||Miss J. Nichols||Clyde Cook|
|1970||Dave Lewis||Capt Ray Pugh-Williams||Doug Gould||J Wylie||Malcolm Yorston|
|1974||Douglas Wales||I Albertson||S Wales||Neil Hines|
|1978||Douglas Wales||Stafford (Taff) Hubbard||Roger Treeby||Bruce Anink||Clarence Hines|
|1980||Clyde Cook||Stafford (Taff) Hubbard||Brian Cox||Geoff Riach||Clarence Hines|
|1989||Duncan Simon||Richard Boyle||Brett Leask||Gary Filer||E Leask|
|1990||Duncan Simon||Matt Sheard||Matt Arthur||Gary Filer||Peter Brook|
|1991||Duncan Simon||John Morrison||Matt Arthur||Gary Filer||Matt Sheard|
|1992||John Morrison||Daniel Shields||Graham Collis||Brett Leask|
|1993||John Morrison||Daniel Shields||Graham Collis||Brett Leask|
|1994||Erika Currie||Daniel Shields||Graham Collis||Brett Leask|
|1995||Matt Arthur||Daniel Shields||Graham Collis||Brett Leask|
|1996||Matt Arthur||Lisa Mead||Graham Collis||Brett Leask|
|1997||Shane Thrower||Sam Reese||Kirstie Adams||Matt Arthur|
|1998||Graham Allan||Trevor Proffit||Kirstie Adams||Duncan Ford|
|1999||Graham Allan||Heather Bushaway||Sam O'Neill||B MacIntosh|
|2000||John Corney||Sam Reese||Heather Bushaway||Duncan Ford|
|2001||John Corney||Lorraine Proffit||Mike Robertson||Duncan Ford|
|2002||John Corney||Lorraine Proffit||Mike Robertson||Charlie Nolan|
|2003||Ken Livingston||Mary Fitzpatrick||Mike Robertson||M Parsons|
|2004||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Mary Fitzpatrick||Mike Robertson||Charlie Nolan|
|2005||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Mary Fitzpatrick||Mike Robertson||Craig Porteous|
|2006||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2007||Lloyd Bathurst||Ken Livingston||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2008||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2009||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2010||Lloyd Bathurst||Brett Leask||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2011||Lloyd Bathurst||Bianca Teague||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2012||Lloyd Bathurst||Bianca Teague||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2013||Lloyd Bathurst||Bianca Teague||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2014||Lloyd Bathurst||Bianca Teague||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2015||Lloyd Bathurst||Bianca Teague||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson|
|2016||Lloyd Bathurst||Stuart Clark||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson||Linda Poulsen|
|2017||Lloyd Bathurst||Stuart Clark||Bruce Johnston||Mike Robertson||Mark Bennett|