Waka Reo

For the last 12 months Ōtaki Waka Hoe coaches and senior paddlers have worked with Māori language expert – Hēni Jacob and the Hodges Whānau to develop a Māori language resource for waka ama communities beginning with our own here in Hoe Tonga. 
We invite all Hoe Tonga clubs to register for workshops in the coming months. There is no cost for participants. The workshop happens on the water but participants will also take away a kit of reo resources to use, wear and read. Ōtaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust will provide waka and meals. We ask only that you bring a paddle and prepare to have fun and get wet!

The first wananga is on Sunday 18 October 2020. You can register via the link below


For more information contact Roimata Baker at otakiwakahoe@gmail.com

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Race 3 Moved

Unfortunately in light of the government restrictions due to Covid 19, it has been decided that the 3rd race scheduled in Whanganui on September 5th will be cancelled.

Therefore the next race of the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series will be hosted at the Manawatu Boating Club at Foxton Beach on October 17th. This event is still currently being planned and organised and more information regarding this event will come in due course.

This race will also be the last race of the series. Prize giving will be done at the boat club after the conclusion of the final race

Lights Required when Paddling at Night

A reminder to all clubs and paddlers that when going out a night you must have a all round white light on the vessel that is 1 meter about the highest point of the canoe. This is so other craft can clearly see you both close and afar.

This also serves as a good opportunity to remind everyone that there must be a life jacket (Which fits) for each person on the waka and at least one form of communication. This is for everyones safety.

Any questions about your requirements while on the water get in touch with your local Harbour Master.

Welcome to our new board member

Last week at our Annual General Meeting Hoe Tonga welcomed three new people onto the board which was unanimously voted by our club reps.

Matt Ammunson-Fyall: (Nominated by Hikoikoi Waka Ama Club)

Matt was a member of the Hikoikoi Committee where he supported the Committee in managing the governance and administrative tasks of the Club.  As part of his role he helped promote the sport and supported local events by volunteering in different roles.  Matt also put his own time into coaching some of the school teams.

Given his passion with waka ama, the networks he has already built, and his experience in event planning, building strong relationships and a willingness to help the sport grow, we believe Matt would be a great addition to the Board of Hoe Tonga.

Pania Tahau-Hodges: (Nominated by Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club)

Pania is kind and compassionate and the knowledge and experience she has for waka ama includes representing NZ in the open woman at worlds level winning the Silver and Bronze, and NZ National Championships long and sprints level winning Gold, Silver and Bronze. Her kindness to PCKC paddlers have always been open and supporting in any role she takes to support waka ama and her club PCKC.

Her expertise in areas for development and skills comes with professional and experience to help lever ideas and goals to reality.

Paddy Rimene: (Nominated by Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club)

  • Role Model, Leader
  • Passionate about Waka Ama
  • Building tuakana teina
  • Building Relationship for the growth of Waka Ama in Wairarapa.
  • Owner/Operator to Teamrims Ltd to deliver Waka Ama
  • Delivering Level 4 Cert in Waka Ama
  • Delivering Level 2 Credits in our Colleges.
  • Going over and above to build Waka Ama in Wairarapa
  • Relationships to our schools Primary to Secondary

We are enthusiastic to have all three people on board and looking forward to see what great things we can all do for Waka Ama across the region.

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Race 2

Well done to everyone who raced this past weekend and thank you to Hawaikinui for hosting. It was great to have the good weather and competitive racing out on the water.

Here are the results from the weekend. Once again please note that we have merged a couple of divisions due to lack of number in one division or another.




We are pleased to announce the return of Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe Club as an affiliated club. They took a small break from the Waka Ama scene but are now back at Evans Bay again eager to get back onto the water. They have a couple teams entered this Saturday so give the a warm welcome when you see them on the water.

If you are looking for a waka ama club in Wellington City, in particular around the western suburbs check these guys out. Contact taitonga41@gmail.com for more information.

For a list of other clubs throughout the region check out the clubs tab.Tai Tonga

Board Position and AGM

A Friendly reminder that positions for the Hoe Tonga Board is closing next Friday July 31st. Remember to send applications through to hoetonga@gmail.com.

Successful applicants will assist in the planning and direction of Waka Ama and must attend at least four meetings per year. Most meetings will be done via Zoom or Microsoft Teams so you can still assist in the strategic thinking even if you are in the northern part of the Hoe Tonga region. Feel free to contact Matai or Joern for more information at the email outlined above.


Also a reminder that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on August 5th 7:30pm, everyone is welcomed to join via the zoom link below. Clubs please ensure that at least one representative attends from your club. Once again email hoetonga@gmail.com on who that rep will be.

When you join please enter on Mute.


Meeting ID: 924 5012 1551
Password: 113131

Paddler Series Race 1 Results

Well done to everyone who competed this weekend. It was great to see everyone still participating in Waka Ama after the lockdown and it is always good to see familiar faces.

Thank you to PCKC for hosting such a great race and bringing the good weather for us. The results of the race and the points table is outlined below.

NOTE: Some divisions have been merged on the points table due to lack of numbers in a division. For example if your team was the only senior master mens team you may be moved into the master or even open mens on the points table. We have separated this in the original points sheet therefore the divisions may differ for teams on each link.



The next race is being hosted by Hawaikinui at Ngati Toa Domain on August 1st. Don’t forget to enter your crews for this race as well. See you all at the next one.


Hoe Tonga Board Position Available

We are sad to announce that Paul Marshall and Jillian Savell has resigned as a members of the Hoe Tonga Board.

We would like to thank them for their commitment to Waka Ama throughout the region over the years.

Paul has put in countless hours towards laying out the direction of Waka Ama in the region and has gotten his hands dirty in volunteering, in particular the Waka Ama Secondary School Regional Sprints. His passion for Waka will not be replaced.

Although Jillian has been a board member for a short time she has contributed significantly with her specialised knowledge and direction. All the best in Tauranga Jillian

Therefore there are now two vacancies available on the Hoe Tonga Board and we would encourage anyone who is enthusiastic about meeting our strategic goals of the region. The deadline for any applications will be July 31st 2020

The process is as follows:

  • Nominations can be made by Member Clubs. You can nominate any individual. Nominees do not need be a member/paddler of your club or region.
  • We are seeking Board members who will take an active involvement in the sport’s governance body and in the best interests of its membership as a whole. All nominees must be honest, reliable, trustworthy and comfortable to ‘walk and talk’, particularly in relation to the values of our sport (as outlined in our Strategic Plan).
  • Clubs and nominees must fill in the nomination form. They must be received, completed with relevant nominee profile and sent to hoetonga@gmail.com. The list of nominees, along with their profiles, will be posted on the Hoe Tonga website.
  • Click here to download the nomination form.