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Maeva means 'welcome' in Tahitian and we think that's a pretty fitting description for this waka. It was designed and formerly made by Frederic Esposito from Maui Kanu. Ruahine has recently purchased this design from Fred as we have recognised how fast the sport of waka ama is growing in New Zealand and the need for the larger waka within clubs and community organisations.

Designed to have the best compromise of balance and speed, the Maeva can have either an open cockpit or a deck. It has a fine cutting bow, wide mid section, and stabile hull. This means it's ideal for people of all ages and ability levels.

Comes standard with:

  • A white hull and your choice of deck and gunnel. For an extra charge we can custom colour the entire waka to whatever you desire. Please enquire if you have something specific in mind.
  • 2 x wooden kiato
  • 1 x custom coloured ama
  • Open cockpit

Optional extras include:

  • Enclosed spraydeck
  • Straight kiato to build a W6
  • transport trailer
  • beach trailer

These canoes are custom built so the exact weight, colour, and layout will vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to customise things so please enquire. Prices may vary if you have something specific in mind.


Open cockpit $13,000, + Closed $16,000






We work on a 3-4 week turnaround. In many cases we will be able to supply before the three weeks is up however, these are a hand-made product so they do take time to produce and we often have multiple orders in the system. we will advise you of an eta at the time of ordering.

Shipping and Pickup

We are based in Mount Maunganui and kayaks can be picked up directly from my workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask for an estimate.

Colours Fiberglass

All fiberglass kayaks come with a white hull. This looks smart and doesn't show up as many scratches caused by rocks. The deck can be either a single, block colour (great if you want to display sponsors logo's) or your choice of two colours that are faded together. Please note that the colours are mixed in with the resin at the time of laying up the kayak so not everything is possible. At the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.  

Composite Colours

Our composite kayaks have a white hull. If you would like a clear hull (to show off the beauty of the fibres) please be aware that micro bubbles and resin pockets may be visible. The deck is your choice of colour just like the fiberglass model. We prefer to have this coloured to prevent the sun from heating it up too much but if you wish I can also do the top with a clear coat.     

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To order this craft or to find out more please contact us today. If you prefer to use the phone, call or text Tim on 027 668 9904.

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