Wellington RSS Waka Ama Sprint Champs Postponed to SUN 11 MARCH

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association has decided to shift the racing to the postponement day as advertised – Sunday 11 March due to weather concerns.
Weather forecasts show the wind is scheduled to calm early Saturday afternoon, however Sunday offers a much better, safer course to race on.
Racing on Sunday will continue as originally planned with the current race schedule and lane draw still standing. Racing commences at 0830 on Sunday 11 March.
While this may not be suitable for all teams, this decision has been made in the interests of safety and to ensure our schools are offered the best opportunity to paddle. Schools that cannot participate are encouraged to contact hoetonga@gmail.com subject: POSTPONEMENT
Nga mihi
Matt Ammunson-Fyall, Race Director

Hoe Tonga Secondary School Regional Sprint Champs, 10 March



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Onepoto, Titahi Bay
  • When: 10 March 2018
  • Entries closed 2 March 2018.



  • There are no refunds for entries after the entry cut-off date where paddlers chose not to race or show up on race  day (even if invoices have not yet been received, or schools have not yet settled relevant entry fees).
  • Entries are to be done via each school (through the school sports coordinators)

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com or call Matt on 027 508 8044. 

Rankings for Regional W12 team

Based on the results at Regionals 2017 (winning team in W6 500m plus fastest paddlers across the W1 Dash races), please find below the ranking of paddlers for the Men’s and Women’s Regional W12.

Should any paddlers listed below be unavailable to attend Nationals please contact hoetonga@gmail.com to advise as soon as possible giving an opportunity for those who are waitlisted to participate. Team captains are to be confirmed by Hoe Tonga.


  1. Paddy Rimene
  2. Joe Nuku
  3. Jorian Tangaere
  4. PJ Rimene-Albrett
  5. Shannon Rimene-Albrett
  6. Jordan Stuart
  7. HODGES, Turi
  8. TAIAPA, Parekoihu
  9. TE KERE, Mataiawhea
  10. HURIHANGANUI, Aperahama
  11. SAVELL   Jarrod
  12. BABBINGTON,   Ngarangi



  1. Marianna Hodges
  2. Ngahuia Henare
  3. Amiria Saltzmann
  4. Kawai Winiata
  5. Marianne Archer
  6. Hinekura Winiata
  7. ELKINGTON, Marama
  8. HENARE, Te Rangihuia
  9. COOK, Tunis
  10. THOMAS, Kayla
  11. TE PAA, Eden
  12. FA’AFOI, Jess

Next Waitlisted:

  • CRAWFORD, Nikki Lee

There may be an opportunity for both teams to have a training prior to Nationals and it will be the role of the appointed Team Captain/s (once appointed) to organise and notify paddlers of any training. The race itself is scheduled as a straight final at Nationals and it is the responsibility of the Team Captain to arrange paddlers seating in the W12 on the day if no prior training run has been undertaken.

Schedule for Regionals Sprints 2017 (updated 6 Dec)

A draft race schedule and lane draw is now available for Regionals 2017.

Be aware that in some cases, some paddlers/teams were shifted into another division to fill up a race. This is marked for each entry, eg Schmidt, Hans (SNR MASTER).

Please note! This year’s number of entries has been unprecedented, with 131 races scheduled, which is A LOT more than last year. For Saturday, this means 75 races, as unfortunately we can only fit four lanes. In order to manage this, here an updated list of key times, with everything commencing 40min earlier than originally scheduled and advised in the race information package.

  • 6.00am – Volunteers meet: event preparation commences; pick up resources for officials stations from registration
  • 6.30am – Weigh in and sign in commences
  • 7.30am – Karakia, race and safety briefing for clubs and competitors
  • 7.45am – Race calls commence, starter and aligner boat head out / all official stations ready for action
  • 8am – Racing commences

We are asking all paddlers and clubs to be very proactive and organized, in order to enable us to manage the order of the day. If paddlers are late to the loading bay, or are missing gear such as lane number holders, officials will not hesitate to load races without those paddlers. Races will not be held back if someone waits for a canoe to come back from a previous race.

Further to the above, please be aware that due to the extensive hot weather period, Henley Lake is experiencing weed growth. We are doing our best to minimise any adverse effects on paddler’s ability to compete.

Click here for further information on this event.


Selection process for Regional W12 at Nationals 2018

The following sets out the process for Hoe Tonga’s selection of the regional W12 that will compete at Nationals 2018. The process applies to both men and women.

Selection will be done by a selector (to be appointed by the Hoe Tonga Board) based on the following:

Step 1: The six paddlers in the W6 that wins the respective open 500m event gain a spot.

Step 2: Selection of the other paddlers will be based on the following:

  • Next 6 fastest times in 250 Dash race (across both J19 and Open dash races).
  • If there are still places to be filled (eg due to an insufficient number of paddlers competing in the dash events), additional paddlers will be selected based on the fastest times in the W1 500m event  (across J19, Open and Master events)
  • If there are still places to be filled, then the decision for the selection of additional paddler(s) will be made by the selector based on any other relevant information.

Role of the selector:

The selector’s role is to select paddlers based on the above process. As it is unlikely that there will be opportunities for the selected team to train together, and the regional W12 race at Nationals is a straight final, the role does not automatically include a coaching capacity (unless otherwise mutually agreed between selected paddlers and the selector). The selector may appoint a team captain, whose role will be to organise the team on race day.


Hoe Tonga is working towards each paddler receiving a race shirt for this event at Nationals 2018.

Board member nomination: Paul Marshall

Hoe Tonga has received one nomination for the upcoming Board member elections at the AGM: Paul Marshall.

The AGM will take place after the Race 4 of the Hoe Tonga Paddla Series (this Saturday), but before the prize giving for the Series.

Paul would bring the following skills to Hoe Tonga’s Board:

  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Ability to understand and relate to stakeholders
  • Strong local and regional community connection, credibility and networks
  • Ability to establish quality relationships
  • A knowledge of Tikanga Maori
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Good understanding of the principles of Governance and Management

Paul’s profile:

Ko Taiarahia te maunga

Ko Ohinemataroa te awa

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Ngāi Tūhoe te Iwi

Recently introduced to the sport of waka over the past 4 years through my kids at the Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club (PCKC), now our whole whānau is giving it a go.

In my professional life I am the national lead for sport industry at Skills Active.  My previous roles include project management, cultural advisor and community development in the health sector. I also trained as a personal trainer and have worked in community recreation developing and managing community sports programmes. I have also had experience in governance positions sitting on governance groups for community organisations including the Wellington Division of the Cancer Society.

My sporting background is mostly in martial arts, representing New Zealand in Taekwondo, moving onto kickboxing with Rangataua o Aotearoa and now training Brazilian jiu-Jitsu at the Combat Room in Wellington.


Trophies at final Race 4 of the 2017 HT Paddla Series

img_2954-e1505812977668.jpgIn addition to two paddles and various other spot prizes, including a Team Aotearoa Race Shirt from Long Distance Worlds 2017, to give away, the prize giving for this year’s series will also feature a number of team trophies (senior, junior and novice, for the team with the most points in those three categories) and a new trophy “He Taonga Kotahitanga”.

Donated by Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke Waka Ama Club, this new trophy, carved from Totara and Rimu, is a representation of us as a people who have journeyed the many oceans and rivers by waka, whether be that for gathering food, battle, racing or to seek new horizons. Alternately, being one to achieve a common goal – Kotahitanga.

Site map for Race 3 of the Hoe Tonga Series, on 2 September

Preparations are in full swing for Race 3 next Saturday.

Click here to download a couple of maps to show you where to go (before you get to the bridge at Paremata, turn off SH1 into Pascoe Ave to get to Ngati Toa Domain), and a detailed map of the site.

Please set up all W6 on the grass area, with the bows of canoes facing the channel. Please keep them reasonably tight so that there is enough room for all.

Please store trailer toward the northern part of the grass area.

Note that the launching ramp at Ngati Toa is currently not usable as a storm has washed away a part of the beach. Therefore, please leave room for support boats to be launched toward the southern part of the grass area.

Also, a friendly reminder to bring skirts. For the senior race, if conditions allow, we will go out to either Titahi Bay or “the Point”. Therefore, skirts may be mandatory.

Links for the live racing will be posted separately on Thursday before the race.

Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Championship 2017


  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: 9-10 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.
  • Entries closed Thursday, 30 November.
  • Roster closes on Tuesday, 5 December.


View entries


  • Waiver form for team W6 entries 
  • Waiver form for W1 entries
  • Entries are to be done via your club and WANZ’s online system
  • 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 for entries that withdraw after the entry deadline.

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com or call 021-1250997.