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Human Interest - Local
Written by Michelle Curran, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011
PASSIONATE: Kris Kjeldsen paddled for the Kai Nulu Canoe Club in California before his shift to New Zealand.

[Kris] Kjeldsen had met Pili Muaulu who lived at Ngunguru during this time, and as a result, the waka building trainees and Muaulu's family built the first traditional Samoan canoe in New Zealand. Muaulu's extended family formed a club called Mitamitaga Ole Pasefica Va'a Alo (pride of the Pacific canoe club) of Ngunguru.

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