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NZOIA Outdoor Excellence Awards

Tom won!
At last months New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Outdoor Excellence Awards, Auckland Sea Kayaks Tom Groothuizen was awarded the prestige’s ‘Emerging Guide’ award.
NZOIA Chair Gemma Parkin said Mr Groothuizen had achieved some outstanding feats at a relatively young age and the award recognized his unwavering adventurous spirit and patience.
“To say Tom’s life has been an adventure would be an understatement. He has ‌biked 50,000‌‌ km‌ ‌across‌ ‌the‌ ‌full‌ ‌length‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Americas,‌ ‌Africa‌ ‌and‌ ‌Asia,‌ ‌has‌ ‌kayaked‌ ‌down‌ the‌ Danube ‌River – ‌a staggering‌‌ ‌2,850 ‌km – and hiked the full length of Mongolia.
“We are so impressed by Tom’s attitude and enthusiasm. He is smart and keen to learn, putting in a huge number of hours outside of work, including building his own kayaks during periods of COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland. He is also incredibly committed to sustainability, always including beach cleans on his school tours.
“Tom’s passion for the ocean, unique perspectives and dedication to providing fantastic experiences for the people he takes into the outdoors are just some of the reasons he is the deserved winner of this year’s Emerging Guide award,” Ms Parkin said.
The NZOIA Outdoor Excellence Awards are held annually to recognise the highest achievements of individuals involved in outdoor recreation, education and guiding in New Zealand.
The awards ceremony was held digitally due to Covid-19 restrictions. Here is his acceptance speech.

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Anyone that has a cool or interesting image of paddling in the Hauraki Gulf can enter! 

Up to 4 images can be entered per photographer - we are looking forward to including your photograph/s in the online exhibition on show from 3 – 20 June as part of Auckland Festival of Photography. 

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To select the WINNER we have invited Ocean, creative manager responsible for Auckland Sea Kayaks's website/digital imaging, Ocean has a tourism background and is committed to ensuring visitors to New Zealand get as excited about the country as she does. When she’s not paddling with us, you’ll find her sailing competitively or catching a few waves on her longboard.

Please submit your photo/s here by midnight Mon 31 May: https://www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

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We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our communi We invite you to submit 1-4 photos for our community photography project as part of @aklphotofestival

You have 2 weeks to submit photo/s (by midnight Mon 31 May) head to: www.aucklandseakayaks.co.nz/festival-of-photography/ 

Paddling the Hauraki Gulf will be a community photography exhibition presented online, read more: www.photographyfestival.org.nz

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