There are no refunds for entries after the entry cut-off date where paddlers choose 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 (for secondary schools through the school sports coordinators; for intermediate schools directly with Hoe Tonga)
Hoe Tonga is the organisation representing Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoeing) interests in the lower North Island. Hoe Tonga’s vision is for more people to participate in, enjoy and achieve in Waka Ama, and its mission is to lead, inspire and promote Waka Ama our region.
We are looking for a well organised and motivated person with great relationship skills to fill our role of Regional Waka Ama Development Officer, following the resignation of Matai. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Hoe Tonga Board and the waka ama community to grow the sport in the lower North Island. This role will take the lead on achieving the following objectives:
maximising Hoe Tonga’s engagement with our clubs,
facilitating the increase in the number of volunteers and competent coaches,
increasing the number of schools and students participating in waka ama,
facilitating the establishment of clubs in areas not currently served by waka ama clubs.
To register your interest, please apply in writing, along with your CV and forward your application, to email@example.com, by no later than 6 February 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Joern on 021-1250997.
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)
The detailed event information for Race 1 of the Series is now available online. The event is hosted by Hawaiki Nui Tua Rua Waka Ama, at Dolly Varden Beach, on 25 May.
Hoe Tonga takes safety seriously. A friendly reminder that any canoes with visible damage or cracks will not be considered seaworthy and will not pass safety checks. Please ensure your teams check their canoes, and if damage exists, to get this fixed before the event to avoid teams not being able to race. Of course, canoes with clean hulls and no cracks will also make you go faster.
Welcome to the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2020, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, and to enable paddlers and teams to race during the winter season
Races consist of a long course (12-18km) for senior teams, and a shorter course (6-9km) 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.
As in previous years, the series is big on participation and we will have again a range of spot prizes, including a brand new paddle.
A massive thank you again to all the hard working volunteers, helpers and officials, without whom this event would not be possible.
As some of you will have noticed, we encountered a few challenges this year, and there are some lessons to be learnt for 2019. We will be doing a debrief with Masterton District Council in the near future.
The Club Excellence Award was again won by Otaki Waka Hoe. Congratulations!
For the James Hapeta Club Spirit Award, this year saw two clubs sharing the honours: Hikoikoi Waka Club and Hawaikinui Waka Ama Club. Congratulations!
Now its time to get ready for the National Sprint Champs in January 2019. Good luck to all competitors.
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:
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 10 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 2018. 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.