About Us

 

A place where everyone thrives

Our Mision
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.

Our Purpose
To develop and grow our members into well rounded athletes, through encouraging knowledge, ability and fun. 

Our Principles
In pursuing our purpose, we:

Empower
Our athletes, coaches and officials take up opportunities which are provided to contribute towards their own success.

Encourage
Our athletes, coaches and officials develop their skills and abilities in a team lead environment.

Engage
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.


The Waitakere Committee has recently released our 5 year strategic plan (2019-2023), including our strategic priorities for 2019. View the plan below, and feel free to send any feedback to Matt on chairperson@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz.

 
 

Administration

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 chairperson@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz –whether you're 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 admin@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz.

Pool Bookings
To book pool space and water polo equipment at West Wave, please email Deb as above. Learn more about our facilities here

Accounts
For accounts queries, please contact Tilly Gibb at accounts@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz.

The Club's account number is 12-3086-0142045-00. Please include the relevant player's name with any payment made and SWM for swimming squad fees.

 

Committee

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

Matt Southerden | Chairperson   chairperson@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Matt Southerden | Chairperson
chairperson@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Scott Graham | Club Captain   clubcaptain@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Scott Graham | Club Captain
clubcaptain@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Tracey White

Tracey White

Luke Watkinson

Luke Watkinson

Paul Watkinson | Treasurer   treasurer@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Paul Watkinson | Treasurer
treasurer@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Daniel Cameron | Referee Coordinator   referees@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Daniel Cameron | Referee Coordinator
referees@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Georgina Rennie

Georgina Rennie

Karen Drage

Karen Drage

Zach Monk | Secretary   secretary@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Zach Monk | Secretary
secretary@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Hayden Searle | Sponsorship   enquiries@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Hayden Searle | Sponsorship
enquiries@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Margaret Chase

Margaret Chase

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie

Deb Cameron | Administrator   admin@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Deb Cameron | Administrator
admin@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz

Beth Carbery

Beth Carbery

Linda Raynes

Linda Raynes

 

History

Waitakere Water Polo Club was founded in 1984 (as Realty Brokers Waitakere) and is based at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson. The Club became an incorporated society under the name Waitakere City Water Polo Club in 2000.

Since then we have been going from strength to strength, developing both our players and community presence.

In 2015 our Senior Men were National League champions for the first time – claiming the last title National title that our club had to win. Our Senior Women also took out National League 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 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.