Panui for Hoe Tonga Regional Secondary School Sprint Championship 2022 now available

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association, in association with College Sport Wellington, is pleased to offer secondary school students the opportunity to participate in our region’s Secondary School Sprint Champs. Following a postponement due to COVID-19, the event will now take place on Sunday 22 May 2022, at Henley Lake in Masterton. 

Please click on the link for all information: 2022 Information Pack RSSC. For other event information, please go to

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Results 2021

What an incredible weekend it was over at Henley Lake in Masterton for our region. To see close to 400 paddlers, their whanau and club supporters make the journey over and take part was amazing. It was awesome to be able to put on a sprints event under the current Covid-19 restrictions and we appreciate everyone playing their part in following the guidelines put in place.

A massive shout out to all the volunteers and the Wairarapa Maori Wardens for their Mahi in helping us with the running of the event. We could not have done it without you all. Without the volunteers from our clubs this event is just not possible.

Some photos will be put up this week and a more detailed report of the weekend, but please see the results here:

Lastly, we would like to thank Te Wananga o Aotearoa for their on going support and partnership for our Sprint Regional Event 2021.

W6/W12 Teams Sprint Specific Details Update

To help ensure participant safety, we have changed the event format to manage overall attendance numbers. The W1 event on Sat 27 November was a great experience at how we can continue paddling while providing a safe COVID-19 free environment. We are keen to reproduce this for the W6 event.

Hoe Tonga thanks paddlers and clubs for their patience and supporting Hoe Tonga to provide a safe and COVID-19 free event. In order for the event to proceed at the Orange alert level:

Please have a read of the document attached that has more information around the paddler area, whanau supporters expectations and how this event will be run. An updated team waiver form is also now available here

W6/W12 Specific Details

Regionals is supported by TWOA. More information on TWOA and their waka ama courses can be found at

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Regionals 2021

We are excited to announce that the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Event will be going ahead over the weekend of the 11-12 December.

All 500m and 250m straight races (including W12-if we can source enough waka) will happen on the Saturday and all the turn races on the Sunday. We will aim to get a race schedule up this week, with a lane draw being available next week.

The W1 event on Saturday 27th November was a great experience at how we can continue paddling while providing a safe COVID-19 free environment. We are looking at following a similar system for the team events…more details to come.

We would like to thank Te Wananga o Aotearoa for their support of the 2021 Regionals. More information on TWOA can be found here:

W1 Schedule and Lane Draw Out Now

Only a few sleeps to go and we will have around 80 W1 Paddlers taking part in our first Sprint Regional Event at Henley Lake. Split between two sessions and under L2 Covid-19 guidelines it will be run slightly different to past events but we are stoked to be able to offer it. We have also made a slight change and included the J19 Division in the morning session.

This is also a timely reminder to get your vaccination against Covid-19 done! With the traffic light system just around the corner we are very hopeful that the team events will be able to go ahead on the 11-12 December. This will be required for everyone 12 years and over that attends the event. Check out the Panui attached around some pop up clinics happening in Masterton.

We look forward to hosting you all this Saturday, please remember to social distance, sanitize frequently and enjoy the day.

Click on the following link for the Race Schedule and Lane Draw:

W1 Regional Event Specific Details

Entries are now closed for our upcoming W1 event in Masterton on Saturday 27th November at Henley Lake. As we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Waka Ama NZ, Sport NZ and the current Level 2 Restrictions we have had to put in some paddler boundaries so that we can keep our event bubble safe and the wider community.

Due to Henley Lake being a public area we ask that all paddlers, club representatives and supporters coming along read the W1 Specific Information Sheet. This includes an area map of where parking is available, rigging of waka take place, sign in/admin area, paddler area and finish line. There is also a marked area where we ask paddlers to stay clear of.

Don’t forget that all paddlers, club representatives, supporters and volunteers also have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and that we will require proof. Please make sure that you provide this either prior to the event or bring it on the day. We will accept a letter from your GP/Healthcare provider, screenshot of the passport certificate or proof on the day. You can check ways of accessing your Covid-19 passport on this link:

We have also restricted the number of club reps that can assist the paddlers during each session, so please make sure that you contact your club rep for these details or read the race information here

W1 Specific Information Sheet

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with us through email or contact Megan Qaranivalu on 0221657649.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Sprint Regionals 2021


  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: W1 Saturday 27th November, W6/W12 on 11th and 12th December
  • Distance: W1 250/500m; W6 500m/1000m/1500m
  • Divisions: Midget to Master 70
  • The event is open for paddlers/teams from outside the Hoe Tonga region. Some restrictions apply to W1.
  • W1 Entries Closed: 17th November
  • W6/W12 Entries Closed: 1st December
  • W6/W12 Team Rosters Closed: 5th December
  • Cost: $5 Midgets, $20 Int-J19, $30 for Senior



  • Entries are to be done via your club and WANZ’s online system
  • Entries for W1 and W6/W12 have to be done separately due to the different entry close dates
  • There will be a late fee if an entry is not completed by the deadline, or if the roster has not been completed on time ($15 per entry).
  • There are no refunds or fee reductions for entries that withdraw after the entry deadline.


As the Covid levels and restrictions are an ever-changing landscape we will be keeping in close contact with any changes that might need to be made and compliances that will be required.  We also require that all paddlers, club representatives, volunteers and supporters 12 years and over to be fully vaccinated to attend our regional events for 2021.

Questions? Email or call 0221657649.

Message to Porirua Clubs

Nau mai, haere mai, eke mai!

This is a karanga to all our waka ama whānau based in Porirua – this includes our clubs and paddlers affiliated to Hoe Tonga and also any other waka ama paddlers in the Porirua area who may not affiliated to Hoe Tonga but are part of our waka community and whānau.

We’d like to invite you to a hui to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our waka ama whānau in Porirua.

When: 2.00pm, Sunday 31 October 2021

Where:  Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc, on the corner of Te Hiko St and Ngāti Toa St, Takapūwāhia, Porirua (just opposite the marae).

At our recent AGM, one of the topics that generated a lot of discussion was around some of the challenges that have been facing our waka whānau based around Te Awarua-o-Parirua, the Porirua Harbour. In particular, the limited space available to the increasing number of harbour users wanting to enjoy the water, and the lack of resources/facilities available to support our waka community.

There was general agreement from the clubs present that the time is right for our waka community to come together to have a kōrero about our aspirations for waka ama in Porirua. How we can work together to address some of these challenges we are facing as a waka community, and also create opportunities for our waka whānau in the rohe. This hui is intended as a forum for this kōrero to happen. Hope you can join us!  

Please RSVP to: by Friday 29 October 2021

Sprint Regionals 2021

At this stage we are still planning on running our regional events over at Henley Lake but with the uncertainty around Covid-19 and the current level system there may be some changes.

If we remain at L2 our W1 races will still be held but will be run under the guidelines set out by Waka Ama NZ. We hope to release these details this coming weekend. Unfortunately if we remain at L2 we may not be able to hold the team races, we will keep you updated as more information comes to hand.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate Covid-19 Level restrictions and understand its not ideal, however we hope that all our clubs and their members are enjoying being able to train and be on the water. Although there is no certainty that Waka Ama is heading down the path to participants at events having to have their vaccinations, we are encouraging all our members to get vaccinated. Like all other major events there is that possibility that this will be put into place. So please encourage your club members, whanau and friends to get vaccinated.

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with us.

Waka Ama NZ Covid-19 Information and Webinar

With summer rolling around fast, Waka Ama NZ are gearing up for another busy summer of paddling and events all around Aotearoa. We can’t wait to see you all again and especially looking forward to Sprint Nationals in January, Takapuna Beach Cup in February, Secondary School Nationals in March and Long Distance Nationals in April. 

It has been a difficult and challenging 18 months, but here in Aotearoa, we have been pretty lucky to be able to still paddle, compete and mostly continue to do what we love on the water. 

Moving forward as we learn more about this current outbreak and learn to live with COVID 19 in our lives, it is important to Waka Ama New Zealand that our community and our Waka Ama whānau are as safe and protected as possible. 

There are lots of measures that we can all take to help protect ourselves and our whānau and these are available on the Covid 19 website:

One of the biggest tools we have available for protection is the COVID 19 Vaccine. Being fully vaccinated, if you are eligible, will help ensure our community is safe from the virus, it will also help to protect those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine and it will help to ensure that Waka Ama events can continue to take place over summer. 

Waka Ama New Zealand encourage our entire waka ama community to get vaccinated if you are within the eligible ages. 

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing information about the vaccination and vaccination rollout to help to inform those who are not yet vaccinated. We encourage all of our Regions and Clubs to pass on credible information about the Covid 19 vaccine to their members and whānau. 

On Wednesday 13th October at 7pm we will be hosting a Webinar that will be open for anyone to attend and hear from leading medical practitioners (who are also part of our waka ama whānau), who will talk about the Covid 19 vaccine and answer questions. We encourage you to join that webinar and pass it on to anyone who may be interested. More information on how to sign up here

Whilst we haven’t received any directive from the Government yet regarding a vaccine mandate for events, this may be something that takes effect in the near future and to avoid disappointment, those who are putting off getting vaccinated should initiate the process now. 

Here is a link that provides all the info on how to book your vaccine

Waka Ama New Zealand is here to answer any questions that you may have, please don’t hesitate to ask by emailing