A place where everyone thrives
For Waitakere Water Polo Club to be recognised as New Zealand’s most inclusive water polo club and the most significant contributor to the growth of water polo within the community.
To develop and grow our members into well rounded athletes, coaches and officials, through encouraging knowledge, ability and fun.
In pursuing our purpose, we:
Our athletes, coaches and officials take up opportunities which are provided to contribute towards their own success.
Our athletes, coaches and officials develop their skills and abilities in a team lead environment.
Our athletes, coaches and officials respect the game of water polo in a fair and challenging way, with respect to each other, other clubs and officials. We support each other in and around the pool, by being role models for each other to inspire others in our love of the sport.
In December 2018, the Waitakere Committee released our 5 year strategic plan (2019-2023), including strategic priorities for 2019. View the plan below, and send any feedback to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have an active committee which meets regularly (see the calendar). All members are welcome to attend these meetings. If you're keen to join us or help out in any way, please email Matt email@example.com – whether you are an ex-international swimmer, a whiz with numbers or an ideas person, we want you!
Our team supporters can be found poolside at games (wearing our supporters gear which you can purchase here) –we are a friendly, supportive club. Check out our social media (@waitakwaterpolo on facebook and instagram) for details about game times and locations.
Our amazing Club administrator is Deborah Cameron, who you can contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book pool space and water polo equipment at West Wave, please email Deb as above. Learn more about our facilities here.
For accounts queries, please contact Karen Drage at email@example.com.
The Club's account number is 12-3086-0142045-00. Please include the player's name and invoice number with any with any payment made. Please note that we are currently transitioning our accounting system to Xero. If you have any questions about your statements, please email Karen as above.
The Waitakere committee is a dedicated group of players, coaches, managers, parents and supporters who oversee the Club's strategy, operations and finances. All members are welcome at our monthly meetings.
The organisation that is now Waitakere Water Polo Club was founded in 1984 as the Mt. Wellington–Panmure Water Polo Club. In its early years, Chairman Simon Curnow was responsible for much of the Club’s development (Mr. Curnow’s 1986 report can be read below). During that period, the Club received significant financial support from the Realty Brokers firm, which was reflected in the Club’s name. Also instrumental in early successes was acclaimed UCLA coach Bob Horn (RIP), alongside player/coach imports Steve Granick and Scott Leonard (USA players who Bob introduced to the Club). In 1990, the Club was recognised as the top Club in New Zealand for the combined finishes of our senior teams at the National Championships (silver for the Men and bronze for the Women). In that year the relationship with Realty Brokers ended, and the Club was renamed to the Waitakere City Water Polo Club, in recognition of an increasing presence in West Auckland and usage of the West Auckland Swimming Centre. The organisation became an incorporated society under that name in 2000.
In 2015, our the Blue Devils were National League champions for the first time – claiming the last title national title that the Club had to yet to win (under the National League format, which was introduced in 2003). The Blue Diamonds also took out the National title in 2017. We have teams across all age groups, from Under 12s through to Seniors. The Under 12 program alongside our Flippa Ball and Year 7 & 8 leagues are key areas for encouraging the uptake of water polo, after which our programs take a development focus. Performance becomes an increasingly important component of the sport as players progress through the age groups toward the Senior program.
Waitakere teams compete in regional competitions through Auckland Water Polo and national competitions through New Zealand Water Polo. We encourage our members to compete to the best of their ability while also promoting enjoyment of the sport.
In 2018, the Club dropped the word 'City' from our name, reflecting local changes to become known formally as Waitakere Water Polo Club – or Waitak informally. 2019 is an exciting year for the Club, marking the 35th anniversary of our founding. Already this year we have become a registered New Zealand charity, which is a significant step for the organisation.