The iconic and architecturally designed Taranaki jump platform is the perfect starting point for the nationwide event in which hundreds of Manu enthusiasts from around the country are registered to compete. A grand final will be held in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on March 9th.
Mayor Tory Whanau is thrilled that Wellington is the starting point for the championships and expects to see some strong representation from the capital in the final.
“The jump platform has seen been a popular site for manu action over the years. I’m looking forward to showing the country what Wellington has got when it comes to the art of the manu and seeing people enjoy the beautiful Wellington waterfront,” she says.
Manu enthusiasts and dive bomb aficionados have long frequented the Wellington waterfront, and the jump platform stands as a star attraction on the waterfront site. The 7.5m steel structure is built on the historic Taranaki wharf piles. It is based around the activity of jumping and is popular for Manu and dive bombers.
Each jump in the competition will be captured by Manu Tech technology and shared on big screens where spectators will be able to see precise measurements of splash height and volume for the first time.
A special television broadcast will also cover the regional qualifying events around the country, and the grand final event.
While the Mayor won't be competing herself, she’s also excited about the opportunity the Championships bring to highlight Wellington's best.
"This competition is a great showcase of the best Wellington has to offer – a vibrant waterfront, a seamless link between water and urban environment, and a fun and active way to enjoy the city. The jump platform, built specifically for this purpose, exemplifies what makes Wellington special."
Local water safety advocate and event ambassador Rob Hewitt (Ngati Kahungunu, Te Rangikoianaki) is thrilled to see the competition kick-off in his hometown.
“I’m enjoying being involved with this event to help shine a light on water safety. We feel a strong connection to water. The jump platform was designed with safety in mind – it’s one of the best places to jump from in the country I reckon.”
Notable local figure Piri Weepu is registered to participate in the Wellington event alongside other Manu enthusiasts, and all spectators are warmly welcomed. Limited spots are still available.
During the event, parts of the waterfront will be cordoned off which will require pedestrians and commuters to take a minor detour around the site.