The Information booklet for this event is now available.
More info at https://hoetonga.co.nz/2017/05/06/hoe-tonga-paddla-series-2017/. (Note that entries for Race 3 on 2 September are also already open.)
The squad will be staying at Mana College Marae – the Elkington Whanau will be hosting and catering for the squad.
If clubs, teams, or paddlers are interested to participate and attend can contact:
Welcome to the Hoe Tonga PADDLA Series 2017, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, and to enable paddlers and teams to prepare for the Long Distance Nationals 2017.
Races consist of a long course (12-15km) for senior teams, and a shorter course (5-8km) for junior and novice (1st year paddling) teams. The Series is overseen by Hoe Tonga, but each individual race is hosted and organised by member clubs or event organisers.
The series is big on participation, so we will have some cool spot prizes, including a Tai paddle.
Naomi Brooking at OneAgency Brooking Realty:
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(Mention the HT PADDLA Series when listing your home with Naomi.)
All races at a glance
Race 1: 10 June (Sat), Dolly Varden Beach, Porirua
Race 2: 12 August (Sat), Onepoto in Titahi Bay, Porirua
Race 3: 2 September (Sat), Ngati Toa Domain, Porirua
Race 4: 23 September (Sat), Whanganui
For the first time in 16 years we have over 100 secondary schools entered for the 2017 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa National Secondary School Waka Ama!! With still a few schools left to enter this year is set to be the biggest and best yet!! #secondarieswakaama2017
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It is with disappointment that Hoe Tonga has to announce the cancellation of the Mana Super 6 Ocean Challenge 2017 (including a Cook Strait Crossing race course option as previously successfully tested).
We could have worked with as little as 6 teams, just as the Molokai Hoe once started with a handful of teams. But we had a smaller than expected number of formal intents to race from teams by the due date, coupled with the unexpected withdrawal of teams that had previously committed to racing, thereby leaving us no choice but to cancel.
We would like to thank those sponsors and supporters that stuck with us to get this event format to the start line, including but not limited to Goodmanns, NZCT, Trust House, support boaties, key clubs such as PCKC and Hikoikoi agreeing to make their canoes available to teams, and those putting in the planning yards.