Race info available for Regionals 2016 in Masterton, 3-4 Dec



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: 3 and 4 December
  • Distance: W1 250/500m; W6 500m/1000m/1500m
  • Divisions: Midget to Master 70
  • The event is open for paddlers/teams from outside the Hoe Tonga region. Some restrictions apply to W1.
  • Entries close on Thursday, 24 November.
  • Roster closes on Tuesday, 29 November.


View entries


  • Waiver form for team W6 entries
  • Waiver form for W1 entries
  • Entries are to be done via your club at NKOA’s online system
  • There will be a late fee if an entry is not completed by the deadline, or if the roster has not been completed on time ($15 per entry).
  • There are no refunds for entries that chose not to race or show up on race day.

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com or call 021-1250997.

Lights at night


A reminder for the clubs please; the skipper of a vessel travelling down Evans Bay at night came close to running down a waka ama because they couldn’t see them

I don’t have the exactly details, but thought it is probably timely to remind clubs that they need to have a clearly visible all-round white light if they are on the water either early morning or in the evening.



Grant Nalder | Harbour Ranger, Harbours


Results for Race 3, Hoe Tonga W6 PADDLA Series 2016

What a great finish to the Series, with 20 teams in attendance. Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke Waka Ama Club hosted this event, and did a fantastic job.

Weather conditions were excellent, albeit with strong winds. The river provided an excellent race venue, with some challenges for steerers to find a good line to avoid the wind and current.

A big thank you to our sponsors of various spot prizes for the Series: The Sprig&Fern Tavern in Petone, Takeaway@Churton, and Tai Paddles. Spot prizes included two new paddles!

Two trophies were given out:

  • Hikoikoi L Plates won the Series in the Novice/Junior category, with 34 points.
  • Hikoikoi Open Men won the Series in the Senior category, with 22 points.

These trophies will be up for grabs again next year.

Click here to download the results for Race 3 of the series.

Photos and videos are available on Hoe Tonga’s Facebook page.

Racing can be replayed:

sprig and fern



Race 3 of W6 PADDLA Series on 3 September

A reminder that entries close on 30 August, don’t miss out. You have to be at the race in order to win spot prizes, thanks to our sponsors as shown below. A prize giving will take place after racing is finished, and the series winners will receive trophies.

Racing can be viewed live:

Click here to download the panui for Race 3 of the series.

For more detail on the series, and to see who has entered, click here.

sprig and fern







Live racing: Race 2 of the W6 PADDLA Series (Dolly Varden Beach)

Watch the racing live:

The weather forecast is for rather chilly Southerly, so make sure you bring warm clothing. Canoes should also be fitted with skirts.

As canoes will be equipped with trackers, please ensure that they are returned to registration before your team leaves the race venue.

To view additional information, including finding out who has entered, please go to https://hoetonga.co.nz/2016/04/24/hoe-tonga-w6-paddla-series-2016/.

sprig and fern



Results for Ice Water Paddler Series Race 3

It was a beautiful sunny day, albeit with a biting Southwesterly. Numbers were a bit down, but a few hardy souls battled it out anyway.

Here the results for Race 3:

Overall Name Time Craft W1 Men W1 Wo SS/SK
1 Jörn Scherzer 0:49:51 W1 1
2 Lawrence Hynes 0:50:04 W1 2
3 Karl Timu 0:51:26 SS 1
4 Rueben Hill 0:52:31 SS 2
5 Barton Fletcher 0:52:35 SS 3
6 Bowen Cook 1:06:45 W1 3
7 Mahinaarangi Rikihana 1:08:47 W1 1
8 Fern Thompson 1:11:18 W1 2
9 Izzy Bruce 1:12:48 W1 3
10 Willie Johnstone Coaching W1

Don’t forget to get your entries in for Race 2 of the Hoe Tonga W6 PADDLA Series this Sunday, also at Dolly Varden Beach.

Several ama stolen or vandalised

Several ama have been stolen or vandalised at Mana Pasifika OCC based at Ngati Toa Domain.

Anita Taggart’s ama was blue and was from a surfrigger. Dennis Ngatai had a yellow click-in ama, also for a surfrigger, Piki Emery had a white ama for a Tomahawk.

If you find these, or someone is trying to sell these to you, please contact Hoe Tonga or the owners.

Sunday, 31 July: Race 3 of Ice Water Series

This race will be at Dolly Varden Beach (next to Paremata Bridge in Mana/Porirua). The forecast is for a strong Westerly.

The course may involve going to Onepoto and back (to get shelter from the wind), and on to Brown’s Bay and back.

When you arrive, please come to registration (ask for Joern or Tanya).

Want to know more about the Series? Go to http://www.hoetonga.co.nz/?p=5207