The Boys in the Waka Ama

Author(s): Angie Belcher

Picture Books, Early Learning

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.


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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!

Author Angie Belcher is a writer, teacher and adventurer who has has produced several books for children. Angie lives in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Debbie Tipuna is a full-time artist and children's book illustrator who lives in the beautiful coastal city of Tauranga, New Zealand.
Angie and Debbie have collaborated on a number of books that celebrate the culture and traditions of Aotearoa - the most popular being Puffin's recently re-released The Girls in the Kapa Haka.

General Fields

  • : 9780143774297
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Puffin
  • : 0.114
  • : February 2020
  • : .4 Centimeters X 19 Centimeters X 22.7 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Angie Belcher
  • : Paperback
  • : Debbie Tipuna
  • : 32