New Zealand World Sprint Teams Announced for IVF World Elite Sprint Championship

Hoe Tonga would like to congratulate  our paddlers who have made the New Zealand teams to paddle at  the IVF World Elite Sprint  Championship

Successful Hoe Tonga Paddlers are:

Marama Elkington           Open Women

Marianna Hodges           Open Women

Paddy Rimene               Open Men

Ducati Walford               Development Men

The full list of crews can be seen on the link below.


A brief update from the Hoe Tonga Board

Hoe Tonga getting Around

We are getting out and about, introducing ourselves and learning more about the clubs. Please if you are having a club committee/ executive meeting we will would welcome the opportunity for one of our board members to attend. Let us know when your club meetings are on by sending an email to

For those interested in more detail, you can find minutes of the Hoe Tonga Board meetings at

Regionals wrap up

At the end of 2017, we had our most successful regionals to date in terms of participant numbers with over 500 paddlers participating on the day and nearly 130 races.

  • The first time where we had all volunteers sorted prior to the event without any gaps for stations.
  • Holding the 12 man races on Saturday allowed the event to run to time on the Sunday and add addition races
  • We had some complications with water quality and weed. This was an additional cost and took significant effort to clear before the races. Masterton District Council Hoe Tonga is working to alter the lakes water flow to allow more fresh water to flow into the lake improving the water quality and reducing the weeds. This will go to the resource consent stage in the middle of 2018, and we are looking to strongly support this action.

Paddler Series planning

  • We have received interest from clubs wanting to host races in this year’s long distances paddler series during winter.
  • There was some concern about the point system last year and Hoe Tonga invited feedback from clubs on this. We will be maintaining the point system from last year, but adding a stipulation around competing in one division – more details to come.
  • Races will be approximately 4 weeks apart.
  • Dates and information will be available on the HT website, and HT Facebook, likely from late March.

Regional Development Officer

  • We are in contract negotiations with Sport Wellington, in order to lock in the funding that they approved in principle. We are hoping to the RDO in place by the middle of 2018, initial funding is for one year to deliver on key objectives such as growth for waka ama in schools.

Strategic plan

  • Our strategic plan 2014-2018 will need to be replaced with a new one. We will be in touch with clubs in the next couple of months with details for a workshop to start that process.




Wellington Region Secondary Schools Waka Ama Sprint Champs 2018 Results

Kia ora tatou

Great to see our region’s top secondary schools talent going head to head at this year’s regional sprint champs. Awesome to see teams lift the standard of racing as well.

A big thanks to all volunteers, sponsors, clubs and schools for their help to make the day happen.

Results are available for download here.

Photos and more will be uploaded to Hoe Tonga’s Facebook Page

Wellington RSS Waka Ama Sprint Champs Postponed to SUN 11 MARCH

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association has decided to shift the racing to the postponement day as advertised – Sunday 11 March due to weather concerns.
Weather forecasts show the wind is scheduled to calm early Saturday afternoon, however Sunday offers a much better, safer course to race on.
Racing on Sunday will continue as originally planned with the current race schedule and lane draw still standing. Racing commences at 0830 on Sunday 11 March.
While this may not be suitable for all teams, this decision has been made in the interests of safety and to ensure our schools are offered the best opportunity to paddle. Schools that cannot participate are encouraged to contact subject: POSTPONEMENT
Nga mihi
Matt Ammunson-Fyall, Race Director

Waka Hourua visiting Porirua March 1 – 4


If you don’t already know the Waka Hourua:  Haunui, , Hinemoana, and Gaualofa are planning to make their way to the Porirua Harbour on Thursday, 1st March 2018.  Hotu Barclay-Kerr kaihautu of Haunui has asked  to send this notice out to you all to let you know that the Waka Hourua will be in the Porirua Harbour from this Thursday through to Sunday.  Therefore whānau if you haven’t yet had the chance to see the waka hourua and their respective crews pop on down to the Mana Cruising Club, Ngāti Toa Domain, Pascoe Avenue, Mana from Thursday.



Hoe Tonga Secondary School Regional Sprint Champs, 10 March



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Onepoto, Titahi Bay
  • When: 10 March 2018
  • Entries closed 2 March 2018.



  • There are no refunds for entries after the entry cut-off date where paddlers chose not to race or show up on race  day (even if invoices have not yet been received, or schools have not yet settled relevant entry fees).
  • Entries are to be done via each school (through the school sports coordinators)

Questions? Email or call Matt on 027 508 8044. 

Regional Mens W12 for Nationals.

A message from Paddy:

Kia Ora Tatou

Firstly congratulations on your selection into the Premier Men’s Regional 12 Team. What a great privilege to represent your clubs and region, with all the hard work you have put in over the last few months.

I personally look forward to representing our region with you.

A few things for race day… which is the last race on day 5

  • Meet, Car park, in front of Don Rowland’s Centre
  • Time, approx. 4.30pm or the first call
  • Uniform, please wear your clubs race shirt

I wish you all the best of luck, with your crews

Rankings for Regional W12 team

Based on the results at Regionals 2017 (winning team in W6 500m plus fastest paddlers across the W1 Dash races), please find below the ranking of paddlers for the Men’s and Women’s Regional W12.

Should any paddlers listed below be unavailable to attend Nationals please contact to advise as soon as possible giving an opportunity for those who are waitlisted to participate. Team captains are to be confirmed by Hoe Tonga.


  1. Paddy Rimene
  2. Joe Nuku
  3. Jorian Tangaere
  4. PJ Rimene-Albrett
  5. Shannon Rimene-Albrett
  6. Jordan Stuart
  7. HODGES, Turi
  8. TAIAPA, Parekoihu
  9. TE KERE, Mataiawhea
  10. HURIHANGANUI, Aperahama
  11. SAVELL   Jarrod
  12. BABBINGTON,   Ngarangi



  1. Marianna Hodges
  2. Ngahuia Henare
  3. Amiria Saltzmann
  4. Kawai Winiata
  5. Marianne Archer
  6. Hinekura Winiata
  7. ELKINGTON, Marama
  8. HENARE, Te Rangihuia
  9. COOK, Tunis
  10. THOMAS, Kayla
  11. TE PAA, Eden
  12. FA’AFOI, Jess

Next Waitlisted:

  • CRAWFORD, Nikki Lee

There may be an opportunity for both teams to have a training prior to Nationals and it will be the role of the appointed Team Captain/s (once appointed) to organise and notify paddlers of any training. The race itself is scheduled as a straight final at Nationals and it is the responsibility of the Team Captain to arrange paddlers seating in the W12 on the day if no prior training run has been undertaken.