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January 2023 Newsletter

Our Christmas row was a success!

A collection of festive faces on Christmas Eve. A large number of active (and less active!) personalities formed a very wide river craft at our Annual Christmas row.

Thanks to Jacs for coordinating and to Becky and the parents who organised the barbecue!


Rowing Students Successes 2022

It was gratifying to see many of our active rowers achieving at school again over the past year.

WHS: Best Student Awards went to Te Atakura Potaka- Osborne-Milner-Skudder (Y9); and William Herd (Y10)

WHS: Principals Academic Awards were Mae Emmett (Y9); Emily Robertson (y9); William Herd (Y10); Bryn Morgan (Y10); and Jake Newton (Y10).

WHS: Special Cultural Awards went to Piper Nixon-Gaisford and Bryn Morgan (who secured two!)

RGTKI: Robyn van Dijk was acknowledged as the Top Academic Achiever (Y10) as well as receiving the 2022 Junior Science Prize

Our Club is proud to be associated with these students, who obviously work conscientiously off the water as well as being great club members.

Congratulations to you all!


We're looking for a cleaner - could it be you?

AWRC is looking for a cleaner to clean our gym and upstairs toilets once a week. If you're looking at decreasing your subs or for a bit of extra spending money, please get in touch! This should take approximately 2-3 hours a week. We'll be starting to contact cleaning companies in the next few weeks if we don't hear from anyone at the club. Contact Grader if this is something you'd like to discuss further at


Please remember to lock up when you leave

The last few months have been a busy one at the club, and there's been a few times that doors and windows have been forgotten to be shut. If you are the last one in the boat shed, please check that all the boat door sheds are shut and locked. If you're using the gym or the lounge, please ensure windows and doors are all locked on your way out.



Karapiro Christmas Regatta December 2022

A massive undertaking for regatta organisers this year with Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club making a large impact with 49 athletes and coxswains.

Our supporters were not disappointed as our Club secured 21 A Finals and 7 B Finals.

Ultimately there were 9 “podium finishers” including Nicky Maxim and Bryn Morgan taking out the Boys Under 15 2X and in an extremely exciting finish our Under 15 Girls Quad of Ruby, Keira, Addison, Lily-Rose with cox Tegan, headed off the 2nd placed Aramoho Whanganui crew by about 3 seconds.

Aramoho Whanganui had five crews contesting this latter event which augers well for our youngsters as the season progresses toward the “pointy end”.

“Tegan Dunn finds the energy to celebrate her crews’ success in the Girls Under 15 Quad”

“Eli and William displaying tenacity in their double sculls event”

A special mention goes to Lisa Murphy, the parent helpers and coaches who managed the logistics of this regatta so efficiently.


Are you aged between 12-19 and need some financial help with your rowing fees? Let us know.

We know that rowing is an expensive sport, and we're here to try to help. If you're between the age of 12 and 19 (or your child is), the club can apply to the Bukholt Sport Support Fund administered by Sport Whanganui. The Bukholt Sport Support Fund was recently established by Karen and Knud Bukholt, who donate a portion of their sales revenue from Bayleys Whanganui to the fund. Bukholt Sport Support Fund helps ensure young people do not miss out on opportunities to participate in sport or recreation due to the barrier of cost associated with their chosen sport or active recreation.

The fund covers the costs directly associated with the continued participation of a young person in their chosen sport or active recreation. These costs might also address any barriers that prevent participants from accessing their activity. Costs could include:

  • Purchasing or hiring equipment (only when this is required as part of the activity)

  • Costs of transport to get to and from the activity

  • Club and other registration or participation fees

  • Coaching costs incurred by the participant

  • Training camps and other related trips or programmes

Applying to this fund isn't guaranteed funding, but we're happy to apply on your behalf and give it a go! Funding can be accessed at anytime during the year, and the club will have to apply for it on your behalf. If you'd like to give it a go, please contact AWRC Vice President Maddie Powers at You can learn more about this fund here.


RECAP: Hawkes Bay 2 + 3 January

33 AWRC competitors attended this annual fixture. While it is marketed as a “picnic regatta” conditions were not particularly conducive this year with wind and rain squalls making a presence as well as the traditional river weed!

With no Wellington Clubs present, overall racing was still competitive with our Club securing 10 victories – including the Open Mixed Quad Shoot Out which featured Nicky, Axel, Messina and Mae – a great effort considering Nicky and Mae being novices and were required to keep Axel and Messina honest!

With Hawkes Bay entries being twice as many as our Club, there was little prospect of Aramoho Whanganui seizing the overall points trophy for the first time (first competed for in 1905!) however Axel Dickinson has already made the claim that our Club will win it in 2024!!!

The final points were Hawkes Bay 105; AWRC 61; Gisborne 48; Union 7 and Taupo 3.

Special thanks to Camp Parents Cheryl, Buck and Cinderella as well as trailer drivers Damien and Sandro as well as all the other parents who willingly assisted over the 2 days.

Our team attracted the local media with this “weed sculpture” during a break in the events. (Unfortunately, the incoming tide eroded the artistry!).

Mae Emmett looks relaxed as she prepares for another race. Mae competed in

4 races and achieved two first placings, a second and a fourth placing.

Messina and Reeve comfortably won the Women's Open Double Scull Event.


Coming Up

Sunday 22 January Rig Tech Billy Webb Challenge – Whanganui

Friday 27 – Monday 31 January – North Island Club Championships – Karapiro

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 February – NZ Rowing Championships – Ruataniwha


Quote (Courtesy of Neil Thomson, Queensland)

“People do not decide to be extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things” Sir Edmund Hillary”


Need a rego? Need a WOF? Need a new vehicle? Go to Whanganui Toyota!

Our Club is extremely grateful for the generosity of Toyota Whanganui who provide Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club with a Toyota Hi Lux for towing vehicle.

Please support our supporters when you are making your household vehicle decisions!!!


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