Welcome to 2017.  What a year 2016 has been! It was a great year for paddlers and we ended the year welcoming Lynn Paterson at Takapuna beach on New Year’s Eve. It was a pleasure seeing her finish her epic journey and be there for her with the media and help her celebrate it with a bottle of champagne!

Hope this year is going to be a great year for paddlers.

Annual General Meeting 2017: This year’s AGM will be held on Sunday 5th March 2017 at 8:00AM at Kayak Fest. All the AGM reports will be available a month in advance via for all members.

We invite submissions for the AGM agenda items as well as nominations for committee members for 2017-2018. We currently have a fantastic team of committee members made up of Paul Caffyn, Lois Cowan, Sandy Ferguson, Ian McKenzie, David Welch and myself. A strong team is really important for the survival of KASK and to carry on the important work we do with education, safety, training – as well as growing our member base with fresh ideas and energy and internal governance. The main time commitment is to attend an online (Skype) meeting on the first Monday of the month for an hour or so. If you or someone you know would like to be a committee member, please get in touch with Tim and I am happy to talk through in more details before any commitments.

Kayak Fest 2017: We have now finalised the last of the details for the 25th annual KASK forum – The Kayak Fest 2017 – Ponui Island. If you are holding off registering, these places will be snapped up fast – so please register via the link on bottom of page 4 advert; If you have difficulties registering please get in touch with the event team via [email protected]. Let’s hope the weather gods be on our side that weekend!

With an amazing list of on water instructors and speakers and entertainers confirmed, this year’s event is going to be awesome – so we hope to see you all there.

And lastly, an event this complexity on an island destination is not possible without the amazing 2017 team that put their hand up to help:

Shaun Maclaren Chairman, logistics, event safety, guests / entertainers
Chris Breen Finance, pub quiz, boat captain
Jim Hawkins Sponsorship and trade sponsors
Nick Webb Program & on-water sessions, boat captain, instructor
Pauline Ross Finance & registration, marketing
Ruth Henderson Program & on-water sessions
Shelley Stuart Catering, photo competition
Tim Muhundan Marketing, online registration & payment systems

The 2018 KASK Event: We need your help!
With the emphasis on having fun and on water training, the yearly event is really important. We want to invite readers to volunteer putting together the 2018 event in the South Island so we can diarise it by end of Feb 2017. If you’ve got great ideas for the next event and want to lead or help organise the next event, please get in touch with Tim. We’ve got great templates from past events and have numerous helping hands from previous events that can assist to make it a success. We will be announcing the dates and destination on the 5th March – so please get in touch ASAP.

Happy paddling

Tim Muhundan, President.