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ARAWA CLUB HISTORY

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 50years@arawa.org.nz if you are able to offer information or suggestions for improvement.

Timeline

Chronology - Key milestones

The Beginning

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.

Story of Te Arawa - Te Ara Encyclopedia
Wikipedia Article

Avon Descent - Arawa Style

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.

The 1970s

Decade highlights...

The 1980s

Decade highlights...

The 1990s

1991

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.

Newspaper article featuring marathon racing in Christchurch

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Photo that accompanied the newspaper article

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1996

The clubrooms previously leased from URC were purchased with the help of Community Trust Funding.

1998

Kayak storage racks increased from 40 cappacity to 65.

Newspaper article featuring popularity of kayaking in Canterbury

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1999

AGM approved formation of working group to redevelop the clubrooms.

The 2000s

2001 - AGM approved the complete development plan for the new clubrooms.


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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

The 2010s

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.

Honours Board

Introduction

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.

Life Members

Year Awarded Life Member
C Olsen
C Cook
S Hubbard
R Hines
Brett Leask
Graham Allan
2011 Mike Robertson
2017 Bianca Teague

Office Holders

Year Patron President Secretary Treasurer Commodore/Club Captain
1967 Murray Coulter Murray Coulter
1968
1969 Grace Brooks Miss J. Nichols Clyde Cook
1970 D Lewis Capt Phugh Williams D Gould J Wylie M Yorston
1971
1972 David Wales
1973
1974 David Wales I Albertson S Wales Neil Hines
1975
1976
1977 J Reid
1978 David Wales Taff Hubbard Roger Treeby Bruce Anink Clarence Hines
1979
1980 Clyde Cook Taff Hubbard Brian Cox Geoff Riach Clarence Hines
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989 D Simon R Boyle B Leask G Filer E Leask
1990 D Simon M Sheard M Arthur G Filer P Brook
1991 D Simon J Morrison M Arthur G Filer M Sheard
1992 D J Morrison D Shields G Collis B Leask
1993 J Morrison D Shields G Collis B Leask
1994 E Currie D Shields G Collis B Leask
1995 M Arthur D Shields G Collis B Leask
1996 M Arthur L Mead G Collis B Leask
1997 S Thrower S Reese K Adams M Arthur
1998 Graham Allan T Proffitt K Adams D Ford
1999 Graham Allan H Bushaway S O'Neill B MacIntosh
2000 J Corney S Reese H Bushaway D Ford
2001 J Corney L Proffit Mike Robertson D Ford
2002 J Corney L Proffit Mike Robertson C Nolan
2003 Ken Livingston M Fitzpatrick Mike Robertson M Parsons
2004 Lloyd Bathurst Brett Leask M Fitzpatrick Mike Robertson C Nolan
2005 Lloyd Bathurst Brett Leask M Fitzpatrick Mike Robertson C 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 M Robertson
2011 Lloyd Bathurst Bianca Teague Bruce Johnston M Robertson
2012 Lloyd Bathurst Bianca Teague Bruce Johnston M Robertson
2013 Lloyd Bathurst Bianca Teague Bruce Johnston M Robertson
2014 Lloyd Bathurst Bianca Teague Bruce Johnston M 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

Stories and Legends