Thursday, January 11, 2018

Flotilla Whau 2018

In 2018 the Flotilla Whau is hosted by the Kelston Community Hub in collaboration with Community Waitakere. The date is Sunday 4 March from 8:30am. For all information and contact see the Facebook page

This blog will no longer be used for Flotilla Whau information but will remain as an archive of the events from 2013-2017.

HOOPLA continues to work in the Auckland area. For more on HOOPLA see our website

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Flotilla Whau dates and times

Tena Koutou Katoa,

come along to the 2017 Flotilla Whau.
Archibald Park, Kelston

If you are bringing a vessel to take part on the water please arrive and register between 10:30am and 11:45am. The safety briefing is at 12:00 and the flotilla starts on the water at 12:30 (high tide is 1pm).

Please keep parking by the boat ramp free for cars towing trailers, all others please park safely on the road, keeping the park gate clear.

There will be food and drinks available on site as well as activities for kids and some other surprises!
 Feel free to bring a picnic, decorate your boat, wear a costume or play an instrument!

HOOPLA would like to say many thanks to all of the groups and individuals who have already signed up to come along to make this a great day on the Whau River.

For more regular updates check out our Facebook page

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Flotilla Whau 2017: save the date

Tēnā koutou katoa,

the 2017 Flotilla Whau will take place on Saturday the 4th of March, with Sunday 5th reserved as the rain date. High tide is around 1pm so the flotilla will commence around 12:30, but we will soon post a full schedule here and on Facebook , showing when to arrive, register and launch. As in the past the venue for the Flotilla is Archibald Park in Keelson. 

So save the date and we look forward to seeing you on the river!

Mauri ora
HOOPLA: projects for Te Whau

Some photos from the 2016 Flotilla Whau, thanks to Jacqui Geux photographer .

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.