Te Wananga o Aotearoa Sprint Nationals 2019 Site allocation

For all of you going to the Sprint Nationals next week. Below are the site allocations for each region and the dimension when setting up tents on the bank. Please note that the short side of the tent MUST face the lake. No tents are to be put up until after 10am Friday January 11th. Please ensure there is plenty of room for everyone and good luck to everyone competing.

site allocation

National Quota Spots and Regional W12

Well done to all those that competed at the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints 2018, especially those that achieved on of the Quota spots to compete at the Waka Ama Nationals 2019.

Check out the final rankings for each division including the quota spots.

Our Regional W12 teams are determined by the winner of the open men/women 500m finals with the next 6 spots filled by the fastest 6 paddlers in the W1 250m dash across J19 and open divisions.

This year’s Hoe Tonga W12 teams are as follow


  • Marianna Hodges
  • Hineora Hodges
  • Matariki Wilkins-Hodges
  • Ria Nathu
  • Kiri-Pera Nathu
  • Mahinarangi Keane
  • Marama Elkington
  • Te Rangihuia Henare
  • Isabella Fetineiai
  • Eden Te Paa
  • Kayla Thomas
  • Fern Thompson


  • Joe Nuku
  • P.J Rimene-Albrett
  • Shannon Rimene-Albrett
  • Jorian Tangaere
  • Jordan Stuart
  • Paddy Rimene
  • Jake Suitauloa
  • Lawrence Hynes
  • Parekoihu Taiapa
  • Rongopai Rehu Murchie
  • Toa Mackey Te Rangi Pumamao
  • Mataiawhea Te Kere

Congratulation to all those that have qualified for Nationals and the regional teams. Team captains for each regional team will be announced at a later date.

Junior Have A Go Waka Ama Event

Only a few days till the Hoe Tonga Junior Have a Go day. For all those entered please note that the event is now only on the Saturday. All those schools entered on the Sunday have now moved to the Saturday.

Registration opens from 7:30am

Karakia at 8am

Kick off at 8:30am

Schedule (Note: event on December 8th not 9th)

Any questions Email hoetonga@gmail.com

3 Spaces for Waka Safety Workshop

For those that are interested to up skill their coaching and Waka Ama ability there are 3 spaces available for the WANZ Safety Course at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on December 2nd.

First in first serve basis. $35 for affiliated paddlers and $75 for non-affiliated.

Email hoetonga@gmail.com to check if there are spaces available now.

KiwiSport and SW logostrip (3)Waka ama

Junior Have-A-Go Waka Ama 2018

This is the first time Hoe Tonga are hosting an event that specifically targets intermediate aged (year 7 and 8) and junior (year 9 and 10) secondary school students. This event is to introduce students to Waka Ama before moving on to secondary school competitions in the following year.

The event will include a brief pre-race workshop which includes an introduction to Waka Ama and a land based tipping drill. All teams must be at the workshop before racing.



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Cog Park, Evans Bay Wellington
  • When: 8-9 December
  • Distance: W6 1km, W6 2km
  • Divisions: Int- J16 (year 9 and 10)
  • This event is open to all schools with students in years 7-10
  • Entries close December 2nd
  • Roster Closes December 4th



  • All entries must be done through the school
  • Secondary schools to register via College Sport Wellington
  • Intermediate/Primary Schools to register via manual registration form and return to hoetonga@gmail.com
  • There are no refunds for entries that withdraw after the entry deadline date.

Any questions email hoetonga@gmail.com or phone 0221037755

Invitation to All Clubs for Strategic Planning Hui

We will like to invite all club reps and club members to attend a hui to assist in developing our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years. This is an opportunity for everyone to provide their ideas on which direction they would like to see Waka Ama goes in throughout region.

Date: Sunday October 14th 2018

Time: 3-6pm

Venue: Te Puna Ora. (Located on the Corner of Te Hiko and Ngati Toa street in Porirua)

For more information email hoetonga@gmail.com. See you all there!!!