Code of Conduct

This Code applies to all club members, whether they are athletes, coaches, associate members or club officials. It sets out our expectations regarding behaviour towards other club members, rowing officials and the public. It applies to on-water and off-water activities, including interactions in social settings and on social media.

The Code is a high-level document setting out broad principles for guiding our behaviour. It needs to be read in conjunction with other more specific guidelines such as the Club’s Safeguarding Children and Young Persons Policy and our Health and Safety Guidelines¸ as well as policies relating to the sport of rowing in New Zealand (e.g. the Rules of Racing).

The Code is value-based. It is organised around four heading or values:

  • Whanaungatanga — how we relate to one another as a group.
  • Manaakitanga — how we care for each other and for visitors
  • Kaitiakitanga — how we care for our environment
  • Pono and Tika — how we ensure that things are done honestly and in the right manner.


Whanaungatanga is about the reciprocal relationship between the individual and the group, the rights and obligations of group membership and an affirmation of the strength that comes from working together. We will exercise whanaungatanga by

  • Working as hard for our teammates as we would for ourselves and doing our best not to let our teammates down.
  • Acting in ways that enhance the reputation of the club.
  • Helping when there is mahi to be done (e.g. boat loading, working bees, fund raising).
  • Treating all members with respect, regardless of their ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religious belief or disability. We want our club to be a place where everyone can bring their "whole self" (i.e. all the components of what makes them who they are).


Manākitanga is behaviour that acknowledges the mana of others as having equal or greater importance than our own, through the expression of aroha, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect. In doing so, all parties are elevated and our status is enhanced, building unity through humility and the act of giving. We will exercise manākitanga by

  • Supporting other club members in their participation in rowing.
  • Welcoming new members of the club, helping them settle in and supporting them as they learn the art of rowing.
  • Taking appropriate action if we become aware of a member being treated unfairly, bullied or harassed. Depending on the situation, this may range from having a quiet word with the person(s) concerned to reporting the behaviour to the club captain or other club official.
  • Being welcoming and hospitable to visitors to the club.
  • Celebrating successes without diminishing the efforts of others.
  • Following safety protocols to help ensure the safety of our members and other people on the water.
  • Ensuring that the well-being and safety of each member is placed above all other considerations, including the development of performance.


To be a kaitiaki is to be a guardian, especially of the land and the water. We will exercise kaitiakitanga by

  • Playing our part in ensuring that the quality of the water we row on is maintained or enhanced.
  • Using resources wisely and minimising waste.
  • Recycling wherever we can.
  • Taking good care of the club facilities and cleaning up after ourselves.
  • Observing any rahui that is put in place by mana whenua.

Pono and Tika

Pono is about honesty and integrity. Tika is the principle concerned about doing things right, in the right way. We will be pono and tika by

  • Being accountable for our behaviour and taking responsibility for our actions. (This includes completing the boat use log accurately, reporting any damage which has occurred to equipment we have been using and giving our teammates and/or coach as much notice as possible if we cannot attend training.)
  • Participating in any dispute resolution process in good faith.
  • Abiding by the Rules of Racing and complying with the directions of regatta officials.
  • Using the proper procedures for appealing a decision if we feel that a regatta official has made a significant mistake.
  • Following specific club policies and guidelines including the Safeguarding Children and Young Persons Policy and Health and Safety Guidelines.