Saturday, February 13, 2016

Flotilla WHAU 2016 - Event Details

Flotilla WHAU 2016
Sunday 28 February
Archibald Park, Kelston

Celebrating the Whau River as an important waterway in our backyards

9.30am - Registrations open
10.30am - Welcome and briefing
11.00am - Flotilla starts

All vessels and groups welcome - kayaks, sailboats, paddle boards, waka, row boats, smaller powered vessels. 

Decorate your vessel, wear a costume (and a life jacket). Watch from Archibald Park or one of the other viewing locations, meet your neighbours!

Bring a picnic or support one of our local food vendors - New Lynn Sea Scouts fundraising sausage sizzle, WISE Collective ethnic deliciousness, and Mt Atkinson Coffee.

If you're bringing a vessel and happy to take passengers, please register here.
If you'd like to request a place on a vessel, please register here.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nau Mai Haere Mai - Flotilla Whau 2016

A date for your diary!
The 2016 Flotilla Whau 2016 will be held on Sunday 28th February 2016, departing at 11am.
Archibald Park, Kelston, Tamaki Makaurau. 
Another opportunity to celebrate this awa.
Further information coming soon.
Please tell your friends and whanau.

Flotilla Whau 2015 Photo by Brian Marsom

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Tena Koutou, 
As part of the Whau Arts Festival HOOPLA, who bring about the Flotilla Whau each year, are collaborating to bring a trio of events mapping sonic and physical layers of the area surrounding the Whau River. 

HOOPLA are collaborating with the Western Suburbs Radio Club ZL1AC at their clubroom located at 3000 Great North Road, where the road crosses the Whau River (look for the huge balloon). Come and find out what happens in this small building that many of us pass by daily but know little about. Refreshing afternoon tea will be available for koha. Open Saturday 17 October 1-4pm. 

WALKIE TALKIE Join artist Christina Houghton and The Friends of the Whau on an urban bush bash. Setting off at 1pm from the Whau Arts Festival Plantation in Avondale and circumnavigating the Avondale Racecourse to traverse the banks of the Whau River, this tour of little known or as yet undiscovered routes will end up at the Western Suburbs Radio Club Hoopla Field Day for an afternoon tea. 

CLUB BOOM BOOM This is a chance for anyone and everyone to discover for themselves what it’s like to ride in one of those cantankerous cars which rattle the teeth and the trunk. Think of it as a vibrational discotheque… a slowly lapping motion master… an urban promenade. This ride around the block is a tribute to aural graffiti, and a celebration of Whau’s sonic palette.Entry to CLUB BOOM BOOM is free. Dress code is whatever the dang heck you wanna wear. So sit back and chill! DJ Aniwaniwa's live mix will shake your booty for you!From Whau Arts Festival Main Site and WSRC Clubrooms between 1-4pm 

So come and have a cuppa, hang out by the river and get to know your neighbours on the Whau.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2015 Flotilla Whau video

James Hutchinson of Reasonable People generously made a fabulous video of the 2015 Flotilla. James was on board the historic vessel Puke seen below, so he had a great seat on the water. You can see the video here
 (or copy and paste this into your browser

Many thanks James

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

All you need to know for Flotilla Whau 2015!

Flotilla Whau 2015 is happening this Sunday 8 February! We hope you've got your vessel ready to go and have thought about adding some decorations and a costume!

Here's what you need to know for Sunday.

Archibald Park, Beaubank Road, Kelston

8:45-9:15am - Registration
9.15am - Safety briefing for everyone going on the water
9.30am - Vessels launch and muster
10.00am - Flotilla departs
12.00pm - Everyone off the water (note we expect the flotilla to arrive back at Archibald Park earlier than this).

When you arrive, please head to the event HQ tent next to the boat ramp to sign in. By signing in you're agreeing to abide by the safety rules of the flotilla, which you'll be given a copy of.

The forecast for Sunday is looking good, but make sure you come prepared for all weather - bring sunscreen and a hat, water, a raincoat.
If the weather is not good and we need to cancel the flotilla a notice will be posted on Facebook and on the website by 8.00am, so keep an eye out for updates.

Water safety
Everyone participating in the flotilla needs to wear a lifejacket, so if you have one please bring it. If you've booked a place on someone else's boat and don't have your own life jacket they should have one for you to wear. Karekare Surf Lifesavers will be on the water ready to respond to any water safety incidents or first aid requirements.

There are still a few places left for passengers on vessels. If you'd like to book yourself a spot, fill out this form and we'll be in touch to confirm.

Come into the Beaubank Road entrance to Archibald Park to drop off your vessel, and then please follow the instructions of the parking warden on where to park. If you're coming to enjoy the flotilla from land, please park at the Archibald Road entrance to Archibald Park or on a surrounding street, as parking near the boat ramp will be at a premium.

Bring cash for a sausage sizzle raising funds for Kelston Community Hub, or bring a picnic to enjoy by the water.

Spreading the word
Have you RSVPed to our Facebook event and invited the friends you'd like to join you for a great morning on the water?

Any questions, please get in touch with Emily on 027 630 1785.

Looking forward to seeing you for a fantastic flotilla on Sunday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Newspaper article

You can read an article about the Flotilla Whau in last Saturday's Western  Leader by clicking this here:
"Join in Parade on the Water"

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Route Map for Flotilla Whau 2015

Here's the route for Flotilla Whau 2015, and the spots where you can enjoy the spectacle from riverside parks: Tony Segedin Reserve, Queen Mary Reserve, and Avondale West Reserve, as well as Archibald Park where the Flotilla will launch from.