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 to submit an enquiry.

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


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, 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
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
Take care of one another
Ngā mihi

Lara (WANZ)

Urgent Request for Volunteer Replacements

Kia Ora Koutou

This is a request for anyone who is able to help volunteer at the Secondary School Sprints tomorrow. Unfortunately we have had several of our volunteers become sick and with the concern with Covid-19 thought it would be best to ask for replacements.

Key areas we are after is

Timekeeping, flag boat assisting and Loading Bay.

If anyone can help please let our team at registration know tomorrow or text Matai on 0221037755.

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Hosts

Still a few month away till the beginning of the 2020 Hoe Tonga Winter Paddler Series, however planning is already underway.

In order for this series to run we do need some of our dedicated clubs to host these race.

Hosting a paddler series race is a great opportunity to upskill club members and is a great fundraising opportunity for clubs. Therefore any clubs that would like to host one of the Winter Series Races, we encourage you to send us a notification of interest to by FEB 15th 2020.

Please include your preference of date (or order of preference) and a brief overview of how you will host the event. (Please note the first race will be hosted by Hawaikinui on May 23rd)

The dates available are as follows

  • July 11th
  • Aug 1st
  • Sep 5th

We will try to spread the races around the region e.g Wellington, Porirua, Whanganui ect. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Sprint Nationals Site Allocation 2020

Regions are to co-ordinate their space and ensure tents are erected in such a way that it maximises space and viewing for everyone.(The short side of the tents must face the lake)
We will be marking out an area of the spectator bank that must be kept clear of all tents or marques. This is to allow for safe walking passage.
Any tents or pop up structures erected on the slopping embankment will need to be put down for prize giving each day.

If your region or clubs in your region are arranging for a Hire company to erect tents on your behalf. The Hire Company needs to know where to put them in relation to the designated space below.

NO tents can be erected until after 10 am Friday 10th January. 

Clubs should be reminded that their tents need to be within your regional allocated area. If tents (club or otherwise) are erected in the wrong area or in such a way that it does not maximise space we will ask that they are taken down.


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Dash Results, W1 Quota and Hoe Tonga Regional W12 Representatives

Congratulations to all competitors at the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints who have qualified for spots at the 2020 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa National Sprint Champs. You can find the official ranking from the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints Below

W1 Ranking and Quota Spots

The Official Results of the Dash Races are also available

Dash Results

Finally a big congratulations to the following paddlers who have qualified for the Regional W12 Team who will be representing the Hoe Tonga Region in the Regional 12 race at the Nationals in 2020.

Hoe Tonga Wāhine

  • Wikitoria Doyle
  • Isabella Fetineiai
  • Hinerauwharangi Henare-Taiapa
  • Jasmine Ratapu
  • Amiria Ropata-Cooper
  • Fern Thompson
  • Marama Elkington
  • Mariana Hodges
  • Te Rangihuia Henare
  • Hiria Rolleston
  • Pounamu Mackay
  • Georgia Ropeti

Hoe Tonga Tāne

  • Tremaine Rimene
  • Paddy Rimene
  • Shannon Rimene Albrett
  • Jorian Tangaere
  • PJ Rimene Albrett
  • Parekoihu Taiapa
  • Turi Hodges
  • Joe Nuku
  • Lawrence Hynes
  • Slade Butler
  • Mataiawhea Te Kere
  • Koroiti Tuiau Tongia

Inter Club W12 Entries for Nationals 2020

  • Midget
  • Intermediate
  • Senior Master
  • Golden Master
  • Master 70

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 by no later than 12 December Midday. 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 no later than 31 December 2019. 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.

Waka Ama Co-Ordinator – Waka Ama Level 4

New Job Opportunity with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Are you an experienced Co-ordinator that would be excited about working within a diverse Tertiary environment?

The successful candidate will have great communication skills as they will be required to liaise with the programme kaiako.  They will also be responsible for ensuring that all relevant resources needed to run this programme are organised and readily available.

The successful applicant must have:


  • Level 4 or 5 Waka ama certificate or higher
  • Day Skippers Boat certificate or higher
  • Level 5 Certificate in Adult Education
  • 4098 and NOA assessments
  • First Aid Certificate

Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori is preferred.

Follow the link below for more information