A Passion for Waka Ama

Maitahi Waka Amma Website

21 June, 2017

By Brendyn

waka ama paddlers NelsonBecause of my passion for waka ama paddling and my involvement in the club, we offered to create the new website for Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club as part of our ongoing community engagement.

Maitahi had an old website that was built in Silverstripe. It was not mobile responsive and quite hard for club members to update.

We built a new site using the Beaver Builder Theme and Beaver Builder page builder plugin. This makes the website much easy to keep up to date.

It was a great project as I was able to collect a number of amazing photos that really portray the whanau atmosphere and the joy we get from paddling with Maitahi.

Download Manager for PDFs

We used the Download Manager plugin to manage all the pdf downloads for the resources, committee minutes and other documents on the website. The downloadable files are put into categories and called with a shortcode. This means that new PDFs can be uploaded and will automatically be included in the appropriate place on the website without having to edit the page and add them individually.

We created GravityForms for tracking membership details which has made life much easier for the membership officer, the treasurer and the secretary, as they all receive copies and know who has joined or renewed their membership for the year.

We also included a form on the “What’s On” page so people who are interested in giving waka ama a go can fill it out without having to troll through the website to find out how to contact us. It has been really successful and we are getting about3 to 4 enquiries per month through that form.

The Events Calendar plugin to manage what’s on

Maitahi members love to know what is going on so we put The Events Calendar plugin so manage events. There are 2 categories, one for waka events and one for social events to make it easier to find events.

Great photos make a difference

A big thank you has to go out to Carlos Olavarria for his amazing photography which has captured the spirit of the sport.

You can have a look at the website at Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club

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