Promote and encourage involvement of people (especially young people) in passive aquatic crewsports by providing a low cost, inclusive and accessible training, and development centre.
To continue its own existence in a non-partisan way, ensuring that the society makes the camp and other facilities available for people (especially young people) to participate in passive aquatic crewsports in a non-exclusive manner

Administration Committee


Tim Clarke is one of those oldies who has returned to rowing.  He began with the Waikato Rowing Club in 1979 and back then was a frequent attendee of the old camp at Mangakino in the early 80’s.
Tim is now the chair of the Waikato Rowing Performance Centre and a keen master’s rower.  
Tim is a lawyer who works as a mediator and facilitator.  Being a part of the formation of the Mangakino Water Sports Camp Inc, and helping to build and strengthen this amazing facility at Mangakino is a fulfilling role and one which aligns well with Tim’s collaborative skill set. (www.collaborativesolutions.co.nz)

TREASURER - Tony Nelson

Tony has been involved in rowing since the early 1990s.  Tony was Club Captain at Hamilton and Cambridge Rowing Clubs and is also a past President of the Hamilton Rowing Club.
Tony was President of the Waikato Rowing Association for 5 years and had been a committee member for about 15 years. During his time and since leaving the Waikato Rowing Association committee, Tony organised and ran many athlete development camps through the winter months.
Tony is a Rowing New Zealand Licensed Race Official and a Level II accredited coach with 27 years of Coaching experience, 16 of those in a Head Coach role. Tony has served the last 3 years on the board of Karapiro Rowing after 10 years as their Regatta Controller. Tony has been involved with Regattas at Lake Karapiro since 1995.
Tony has been involved with Peter Thomas and the Mangakino Camp for over 12 years and originally campaigned for the dedicated Rowing Zone on Lake Maraetai.

Tony has 40 years’ experience in Business Management, Information Technology and Electronic Engineering.

SECRETARY / ASSISTANT TREASURER - Leann Plummer (nee Himona)

Compared to her fellow committee team members, Leann is a relative novice to rowing. Having been raised in Mangakino from birth, Leann’s own experience with rowing was a season rowing with her sister, Gaylene, and their cousins, the Himona boys, under the instructions of then Deputy Principal of Mangakino High School – Noel Lynch. That was many years ago.  
More recently Leann’s daughter rowed for three seasons with Hamilton Girls High School where Leann was the Team Manager and Treasurer  for the Club for those seasons.  
Leann continues to be involved in rowing as an active & current  volunteer for Karapiro Rowing Incorporated and as a current committee member of the Waikato Rowing Club. 

Frank Healey

Frank is a dairy farmer at Karapiro.  Frank, through his involvement with Hamilton Boys High School Rowing, has had almost  20 years involvement with rowing and the Mangakino Camp.
Frank is keen to put these many years’ of experience to good use for the next chapter of the camp, MWSCI.

Brian Hawthorne

Now in his eighties, Brian is a long time rowing coach, at both club and national levels, who has been bringing rowers to Lake Maraetai since 1976.  
He was in the group that began the camp, at Korari Street, which has subsequently been developed over several decades through the incredible energy and generosity of Peter Thomas. With this background, Brian is an enthusiastic supporter of the camp concept to allow a wide public access to Lake Maraetai and Mangakino

Pat Peoples

Pat rowed for St Bede’s College during the 1980’s & then Avon Rowing Club & Waikato Rowing Club till 2000. Pat represented NZ from 1991 till 1996, where he attended rowing camps & NZ trials at the Lake Maraetai camp. He is a life member of the Waikato Rowing Club.
Pat coaches at Waikato Dio where his oldest daughter rowed & his younger daughter is still active in the senior squad.
Pat is a shareholder in Schick Civil & the PPD Group, which actively supports club & school rowing programmes around the Waikato & Canterbury.

Greg Ball

Greg Ball has had more than 50 years association with rowing.  Firstly, at Hamilton Boys’ High School and then competing for several seasons for the Waikato Rowing Club (Life Member).  In the 1970’s Greg represented NZ internationally in several age group crews.
Greg currently resides in Wellington where most of his business interests are based. Greg maintains his association with the Mighty Waikato and lifelong passion for rowing and also endorses the significant benefits derived by all youth being actively engaged in sports.