Thanks to the Hoe Tonga Region for the farewell gift received after my resignation as Vice –President, Hoe Tonga Pacifika Waka ama Assoc. During the last nine years as a representative on Hoe Tonga Regional Committee I have been fortunate to met so many passionate, active and inspiring people within the sport on many levels particularly locally, regionally and nationally.
Thanks to all our Hoe Tonga Presidents during my years on the Executive Committee George Fa’alogo, Paora Howe and Joern Scherzer who have been visionary and shown great leadership in challenging times for our sport in the past and inspiration as we move to the future.
Voluntary service can be both rewarding and challenging in so many ways and I along with many others look forward to our upcoming season at Hikoikoi Waka ama. There is a lot of potential for waka ama and waka activities in Te Whanganui a Tara working alongside a supportive and enthusiastic team.
The time has come to step aside and encourage others to bring their ideas and energy to the table to make things happen in our region. It is up to all of us, the clubs, paddlers and volunteers to support them to do this effectively.
Nga mihi nui