And this was it for 2017. Last year’s event was our biggest yet, but 2017 topped it again, with close to 130 races and about 500 paddlers! We need more lanes…
A massive thank you to all officials, helpers and supporters that made this event possible. More than ever before, many of them pulled big hours to make this event happen. In the week leading up to the event, and despite water quality being better than ever before, the lake experienced excessive weed growth, likely due to the very warm weather over many weeks. Many helpers spend days clearing the lake!
Here a list of key officials and helpers:
- Event organisation: Joern Scherzer, Gaylene Sciascia
- Race course set-up, venue preparation and infrastructure: Paddy, Kath and the wider team from Wairarapa WACC; generator provided by Lawrence
- W6 provision and transport: Porirua Canoe Kayak Club, Otaki Waka Hoe, Hawaiki Nui Waka Ama club
- Finish line officials: Marinna, Petra & Andy Melville, Ani Suitauloa, Roimata Baker, Te Ara Herewini Smiler, Mereana Putaka, and others
- Start line officials: James Sadler, Lawrence Ammunson-Fyall, Maaike Van Aalst
- Flag boat officials: Thomas Tawhiri, Piki Emery, Jodie Sommerville
- Back-up support boat: John Hodges and others
- Support boat provision: Matt Archer & Mana Kayak Racing Club
- Loading Bay: Karmen Wallace, and various other helpers to bail from Wairarapa WACC, Toa, PCKC, and Otaki
- Marshalling/Announcer: Shanara Wallace
- Registration officials, runner: Pania Haruru, Tam Tanirau, Rodney
- Race director: Dennis Ngatai & Joern Scherzer
- W1 weigh-in: Tia Tuuta, Trini Ropata, and others
- IT pre-event support: Alex Ryder
There are many more, even if not specifically listed above!
Click here to download the full results.
Photos are yet to come. In the next few days please check Hoe Tonga’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Hoetonga/
The Club Excellence Award changed hands for the first time in 5 years, this year it was won by Otaki Waka Hoe, with Porirua Canoe Kayak Club in second, and Toa Waka Ama in third.
For the James Hapeta Club Spirit Award, Hoe Tonga implemented a revised approach for selecting a winner. Up to five points were awarded in each of four categories: (1) Ratio of club volunteers vs club entries, as at one week out from the event; (2) whether a club had complete team rosters at the deadlines and/or had late changes to their roster; (3) whether teams were wearing correct uniforms; and (4) attitude, who is going the extra mile over the two race days. The latter two categories were judged by all the key volunteers at the various official stations. Congratulations to Hikoikoi Waka Club for taking out this year’s club spirit award. Hawaikinui Waka Ama Club and Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club were a very close second and third.
A draft race schedule and lane draw is now available for Regionals 2017.
Be aware that in some cases, some paddlers/teams were shifted into another division to fill up a race. This is marked for each entry, eg Schmidt, Hans (SNR MASTER).
Please note! This year’s number of entries has been unprecedented, with 131 races scheduled, which is A LOT more than last year. For Saturday, this means 75 races, as unfortunately we can only fit four lanes. In order to manage this, here an updated list of key times, with everything commencing 40min earlier than originally scheduled and advised in the race information package.
- 6.00am – Volunteers meet: event preparation commences; pick up resources for officials stations from registration
- 6.30am – Weigh in and sign in commences
- 7.30am – Karakia, race and safety briefing for clubs and competitors
- 7.45am – Race calls commence, starter and aligner boat head out / all official stations ready for action
- 8am – Racing commences
We are asking all paddlers and clubs to be very proactive and organized, in order to enable us to manage the order of the day. If paddlers are late to the loading bay, or are missing gear such as lane number holders, officials will not hesitate to load races without those paddlers. Races will not be held back if someone waits for a canoe to come back from a previous race.
Further to the above, please be aware that due to the extensive hot weather period, Henley Lake is experiencing weed growth. We are doing our best to minimise any adverse effects on paddler’s ability to compete.
Click here for further information on this event.
The following sets out the process for Hoe Tonga’s selection of the regional W12 that will compete at Nationals 2018. The process applies to both men and women.
Selection will be done by a selector (to be appointed by the Hoe Tonga Board) based on the following:
Step 1: The six paddlers in the W6 that wins the respective open 500m event gain a spot.
Step 2: Selection of the other paddlers will be based on the following:
- Next 6 fastest times in 250 Dash race (across both J19 and Open dash races).
- If there are still places to be filled (eg due to an insufficient number of paddlers competing in the dash events), additional paddlers will be selected based on the fastest times in the W1 500m event (across J19, Open and Master events)
- If there are still places to be filled, then the decision for the selection of additional paddler(s) will be made by the selector based on any other relevant information.
Role of the selector:
The selector’s role is to select paddlers based on the above process. As it is unlikely that there will be opportunities for the selected team to train together, and the regional W12 race at Nationals is a straight final, the role does not automatically include a coaching capacity (unless otherwise mutually agreed between selected paddlers and the selector). The selector may appoint a team captain, whose role will be to organise the team on race day.
Hoe Tonga is working towards each paddler receiving a race shirt for this event at Nationals 2018.
As per rule 21.7 in the Waka Ama NZ race rules, W12 crews at Nationals can be made up of competitors from up to two clubs from the same region, but only in the following divisions:
- Senior Master
- Golden Master
- Master 70
This rule only applies where a club does not have sufficient paddlers to form their own, stand-alone, W12 crews in those age categories. A W12 crew made up of two clubs may be a combination of any number of paddlers from those two clubs. They must satisfy all other rules as specified in the race rules.
If your club wishes to combine with another club in the above divisions, please take note of the following:
- The proposed entry will need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 12 December. This will ensure that Hoe Tonga has sufficient time to make the entries to meet the Waka Ama NZ timeframes.
- Entries are to be submitted only by an executive officer of one of the clubs. In the email the relevant executive officer must provide confirmation that (i) both clubs agree on the entry and its name (copy in other relevant executive officers), and (ii) that the entry has been checked by both clubs to comply with relevant rules.
- Paddler names must be submitted to email@example.com no later than 31 December 2017. Hoe Tonga will not chase up unfilled rosters – relevant late fees will be passed on to clubs. It is the club’s responsibility to inform Hoe Tonga of the roster, or of any changes to the roster. Paddler names should not be submitted until all paddlers have been checked by the clubs as being on the Waka Ama NZ membership database for their club.
More info can be found at http://wp.me/p7gD9I-1vy
What a great day in Whanganui, with lots of sun and little wind. Our final race of the Series was well attended, with 21 teams battling it out on the Whanganui River. A big thank you to Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke hosting this final event.
Photos and videos will be shared on facebook as soon as they become available. If you took any on the day, please feel free to post it on our site.
Click here to download the results for Race 4, and the overall series (3 pages).
The category team winners with most points were as follows:
- Novice: Team Kotahitanga from Otaikokako
- Junior: Team River Queens from Whanganui OCC
- Senior: Team Mataroa from Otaikokako
We also presented a new annual club trophy: “He Taonga Kotahitanga”. This trophy is awarded to the club from the Hoe Tonga region that accumulates the most points, based on its best three teams. It was very close, only two points separated first from second. This year He Taonga Kotahitanga was awarded to Porirua Canoe Kayak Club. Congratulations.
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Hoe Tonga has received a second nomination for one of the two vacant elected Board member positions: Thomas Tawhiri
Thomas would bring the following skills to the Board:
- Cultural – I am a speaker of Te Reo Māori and connected to my marae and Iwi.
- Leadership – to me communication is the key to achieving a good vision and working well with others is a natural consequence of this.
- Innovation and Creative Thinking – Ability to generate creative and practical ideas, and solutions to problems.
- Business Acumen – A solid understanding of commercial issues and a general proficiency for business.
- Empowering others – Being able to create and maintain an environment in which individuals can participate, make choices and take responsibility for their actions.
- Quality Focus – experience in achieving and maintaining quality standards through review and evaluation identifying strengths and improvements to support development.
- Influencing – experience in gaining support from stakeholders for an idea or proposal.
- Change Advocate – ability to implement new programmes of work for cultural and strategic change; treat change with optimism and use opportunity for producing both personal and organisational learning/growth.
- Motivated to continue even when things get difficult.
Nei ra te mihi atu ki a tatou katoa i runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā. He tukuna tēnei mō te tūranga kua wātea mai i te takiwā o Hoe Tonga.
He uri whakaheke au nō Te Whakatōhea, ko Mātaatua me Nukutere ngā waka. Tae atu hoki ki ngā iwi o Ngāi Tai me Ngāti Raukawa ki Wharepuhunga, ko Tainui te waka. Nā reira tēna koutou ko Thomas Tawhiri ahau.
I am passionate about waka ama and have paddled competitively for many years. I have been a member of Toa Waka Ama for 8 years, and have paddled with different clubs throughout New Zealand. I have recently been coaching secondary school paddlers, and novice adults.
I have played representative and premier rugby for Ories in Wellington, played rugby league and I am a Manukura in martial arts through Rangataua o Aotearoa. I am passionate about te reo Māori, tikanga and Māori performing arts having performed at national level with Pukeahu Māori club.
My professional background is in education, as a teacher, evaluator and manager. I am currently working for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a school relationship manager. My role is to work with wharekura throughout the north island on NCEA assessment and moderation.
My governance experience includes sitting on education, whanau trusts, hapū and Iwi groups, with specific roles of strategic direction, development and implementation.
I am currently on the Toa Waka Ama Club executive committee, with a goal to support paddlers not only Toa paddlers but all paddlers in the Hoe Tonga region. I am also a member of the Whakatohea pre-settlement trust advisory for Te Reo Māori and education. The members role on this group is to provide advice to the pre-settlement trustees on the post-settlement governance structure specifically for Te Reo Māori and education.
Hoe Tonga has received one nomination for the upcoming Board member elections at the AGM: Paul Marshall.
The AGM will take place after the Race 4 of the Hoe Tonga Paddla Series (this Saturday), but before the prize giving for the Series.
Paul would bring the following skills to Hoe Tonga’s Board:
- Marketing & Communications
- Ability to understand and relate to stakeholders
- Strong local and regional community connection, credibility and networks
- Ability to establish quality relationships
- A knowledge of Tikanga Maori
- Strategic Thinking
- Good understanding of the principles of Governance and Management
Ko Taiarahia te maunga
Ko Ohinemataroa te awa
Ko Mataatua te waka
Ko Ngāi Tūhoe te Iwi
Recently introduced to the sport of waka over the past 4 years through my kids at the Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club (PCKC), now our whole whānau is giving it a go.
In my professional life I am the national lead for sport industry at Skills Active. My previous roles include project management, cultural advisor and community development in the health sector. I also trained as a personal trainer and have worked in community recreation developing and managing community sports programmes. I have also had experience in governance positions sitting on governance groups for community organisations including the Wellington Division of the Cancer Society.
My sporting background is mostly in martial arts, representing New Zealand in Taekwondo, moving onto kickboxing with Rangataua o Aotearoa and now training Brazilian jiu-Jitsu at the Combat Room in Wellington.