Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2020

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.

Click here to download the full information package for the Series.

Please note: Any canoes with visible damage or cracks will be considered not seaworthy and will not pass safety checks.

Please note that race details from the full pack is subject to change. Please keep an eye on specific race information.

Race 1 (PCKC):  11th July (Sat), Onepoto

Race 2 (Hawaikinui): 1st August (Sat),  Ngati Toa Domain

Race 3 (Whanganui River Outrigger Canoe Club): 5th September (Sat), Whanganui (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19)

Race 4 (Hoe Tonga): 17th October (Sat), Foxton Beach

Other information

Still at Level 3 Reminder

A reminder to all paddlers that we are still at level 3 of the Covid 19 alert system. This means no W6 or W12 are to be on the water. You can still jump on W1 but please adhere to the current restrictions to keep everyone safe. Hopefully only a few more days to go with this restriction but it is there to keep everyone safe.

Yesterday morning there was a crew out on a W6 which was spotted by people in their W1 and other members of the public who are not involved in Waka Ama. This is not a good look for our kaupapa so please be patient and wait until the restriction is lifted.

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Waka Ama Courses with Corinna Gage

Kia ora koutou! After the success of our online courses over the past few weeks, WANZ have added another four sessions for next week. Enter online now, there is a range of times and dates to suit! Contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any further questions

They will be on the dates

  • Tuesday 5th May – How to Coach 10am
  • Thursday 7th May – Paddling Basics 2pm
  • Saturday 9th May – How to Coach 2pm
  • Sunday 10th May – Paddling Basics 10am

Follow this link to enter: https://enternowonline.com/4424/events

Waka Ama Foundation Coaching Course proudly brought to you by Waka Ama NZ and delivered by Corrina Gage.

Modules to be delivered online:

  • Waka Ama – How to coach (3-4hrs): This module will cover skills and techniques to become an effective coach
  • Waka Ama – Coaching paddling basics (3-4hrs): This module will cover an introduction to waka ama, getting started and the paddling stroke

COST (per course, per person):

  • $17.50 Waka Ama NZ Affiliated paddlers (affiliated to an NZ waka ama club – WANZ ID will be needed to register)
  • $30.00 New Zealand residents – who are not affiliated to a Waka Ama NZ member club
  • $50.00 International Registrations – please note all courses are in New Zealand Standard Time

Minimum of 10 registered for the course to go ahead, a maximum of 20 per course.

Registrations for each course will close the day beforehand

Please contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any questions

Hoe Tonga Winter Paddler Series 2020 Update

With winter approaching and COVID 19 being a concern for society we have had to restructure the upcoming paddler series.

Therefore, with the current situation Hoe Tonga have decided to reduce this year’s Winter Paddler Series to three races, with the first race on July 11th. The race on May 16th is now OFFICIALLY CANCELLED.

The events currently going ahead are (Subject to the current pandemic)

  • July 11th: PCKC
  • August 1st: Hawaikinui Tuarua
  • September 5th: Whanganui River Outrigger Canoe Club

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Waka Ama NZ Online Coaching Course

If you are not yet aware, WANZ are running the How to Coach and Paddling Basics Coaching Course online over the next couple of weeks. These courses will be delivered online with Corrina Gage. This is a great opportunity for coaches and paddlers to upskill during the lockdown – or even just an opportunity to get a waka ama fix!

Here are the List of Dates

  • Thursday 16th April – Paddling Basics – 10am
  • Saturday  18th April  – How to Coach – 10am
  • Sunday 19th April – Paddling Basics  – 2pm
  • Tuesday 21st April – How to Coach – 10am
  • Thursday 23rd April – Paddling Basics – 2pm
  • Saturday 25th April – How to Coach – 10am
  • Sunday 26th April – Paddling Basics 2pm
The How to Coach course kicks off at 10 am tomorrow (Thursday 16th) – you can enter online here for all courses: https://www.enternowonline.com/4423/events
The cost is $17.50 per person, per course for affiliated paddlers. Waka Ama NZ ID Number must be supplied and will be checked as affiliated. For Non-affiliated paddlers, the cost per course is $30 per person.
Registrations for each course will close the day beforehand. Contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any questions.

Regional Secondary School Results

Congratulation to everyone who competed last week at the Hoe Tonga Secondary School Regional Sprint Championships for 2020. There was great weather and awesome racing, it is great to see the competition become more competitive each year.

For the full results follow the link below.

Secondary Regional Sprint Results

Since the results for the 500m final races were not available on the day we will allow teams to submit enquiries for the 500m Final Races only. Up until Wednesday 25th March midday. Please email hoetonga@gmail.com to submit an enquiry.

Winners of the 500m races will have medals sent to the school.

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Waka Ama Secondary School Nationals Cancelled

Following the announcement made earlier today by the New Zealand Government informing all events larger than 500 participants to cancel

(along with the further announcement from School Sport New Zealand regarding Secondary School Summer Tournament week http://www.nzsssc.co.nz/newsarticle/88188?enewsid=20370), Waka Ama New Zealand will be cancelling the Secondary School Waka Ama Nationals scheduled to take place from 30th of March to 2nd April 2020.
Due to the size and scale of our event and the busyness of the full Secondary School calendar, not to mention the extra pressure that schools will be under with as yet unknown future COVID-19 implications, any consideration given to postponement was deemed impossible.
This decision is made in the interests of the health and welfare of the public, along with the well being of our Waka Ama whānau, Secondary Schools and most importantly the participants, volunteers and event organisers.
With 131 Secondary Schools entered and 2000 plus students the event would have been our biggest yet, however we look forward to the Waka Ama Secondary School Nationals in 2021 which will be the 20th edition of the event and another great milestone for our sport.
We would like to thank Te Waiariki Purea Trust for all the work they have done on the ground to organise the event this year. Also thanks to our Waka Fleet partner Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for their support leading up to the event, and to the New Zealand Sports Collective who we were working with (alongside Sky Sport Next) to live stream the event for the first time.
A very special mihi to all of the schools, teachers, clubs and coaches who have trained so hard to come to the event. We appreciate all of the mahi that goes on in order to get school teams organised to attend. Thank you all for your continued support of Waka Ama and this event
If you have any questions relating to the cancellation of the event you can contact schools@wakaama.co.nz
If you have any concerns regarding COVID-19, you can call the dedicated Healthline for free on 08003585453 (or +64 9 358 5453 if you’re using an international SIMS)
Please ensure that you are aware of all the health precautions necessary to limit the spread of the virus. This Ministry of Health link, answers many common questions about COVID-19 at health.govt.nz/covid-19
Take care of one another
Ngā mihi

Lara (WANZ)