Courtesy of Glenda Ray
   Presidents Blog - September 2019

Hi everyone,
Spring may officially be here, but I fear that the winter storms and swells are not yet over. I have always enjoyed paddling in the winter as conditions are normally more settled than at other times. As with this year more than most there is such fun to be had on the water as long as conditions are respected and that we paddle within our limits and experience.

Courtesy of Glenda Ray

Thank you
A huge ‘shout out’ and thank you to everyone who has supported KASK over the years.
Your continued support of KASK and what it stands for is something very special, it is greatly appreciated and not taken for granted.

For those of you joining as a new member, I wish you a most hearty welcome and encourage you to get involved whether it be by writing an article, submitting photographs for the magazine or participating in KASK events. You the members, old and new are the lifeblood of the organisation and without your support KASK wouldn’t exist – so thank you one and all.

New Zealand Sea Kayaker Magazine
Paul has finally retired after 28 years as KASK editor with the production of his final NZ Sea Kayaker magazine, number 201 for June-July 2019. (It is late. Sorry!)

In edition 201, Paul has included a story of the evolution of the Nordkapp and how two of those sleek kayaks got to visit their ancestor kayaks in a tiny West Greenland village.

If you are a member, You would have received the electronic or printed version of the magazine by now. You can also read them online from the KASK App.

There are also snippets and summaries of some of his other trips included, and he managed to sneak in a few book reviews, quotes from a lovely Victorian era canoe handling book and one very last joke.

A new era is about, to begin with, Jacquie James as editor of the magazine from edition 201. Please support the magazine with articles and photographs of trips past and present that you would like to see published. It is a perfect opportunity for paddlers and regions to showcase what they have been up to and what they are planning both on and off the water.

Please join me in contributing to our magazine. You can submit content through here.

With now six months to the event, the capacity of a hundred paddlers has been reached. If you have not registered and would like to attend, please email  to go on the waiting list. The organising team will keep you personally informed of any changes as a result of cancellations or change in the capacity. The amount of interest in the Fest has been amazing. The organising team are really excited with the progress being made and are looking forward to February 2020.

Student Sponsorship - Give a Little Page
We have a small group of 'outdoor education' students from AUT who are really keen to participate and assist at next years Kayak Fest 2020 and International Kayakers Week.
One special KASK member has been incredibly generous in financially helping with some of their registration costs. For these young paddlers it is an amazing chance for them to rub shoulders with more experienced paddlers, network and make contacts from around the world, so please give a little and help them make a start in their outdoor adventure.

If you would like to help support them by donating $5, $10, $20 or more please do by going to

Thanking you in anticipation

International Kayakers Week (IKW) 2020
IKW in 2020 will be a basecamp on Urupukapuka Island in Bay of Islands, North Island, NZ - following the KASK Festival. The plan is to take advantage of the awesome paddling opportunities found around the island. Urupukapuka Bay is the chosen spot and is the ideal location as it offers easy access for paddling, from protected island hopping to paradisiacal beaches, to rock garden, and ocean white-water play spots, to exploring the many sea caves.
Information on registering your interest can be found at -
If you still need assistance, please contact Lance Smith and Deb Volturno  at
KASK – ‘Meet the People’
‘Meet the People’ will be a KASK roadshow, visiting regional centres, presenting to the public the information and equipment needed to stay safe on the water. This will be a showcase of how and where to access current information that people may not be aware of. It will include some basic on-water training and recommend further training with local clubs, networks and associations.
Provisional dates and locations are:

2019                                                                       2020
6 Oct 19 – Taupo                                                 18 Jan 20 – Nelson
09 Nov 19 – Gisborne                                            20 Jan 20 – Wellington
07 Dec 19 – New Plymouth                                  15 Feb 20 – Auckland
                                                                              14 Mar 20 - Christchurch

This is a great opportunity for local paddling groups to promote themselves. If you or anyone that you know who may be interested in assisting, please email

Help us grow KASK

If you have paddling friends who would like to join KASK as a member, please forward this link below to join online:

Enjoy Winter and Paddle Safely

Shaun Maclaren
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
(021) 2867412

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