Hoe Tonga PADDLA Series 2017

Welcome to the Hoe Tonga PADDLA Series 2017, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, and to enable paddlers and teams to prepare for the Long Distance Nationals 2017.

Races consist of a long course (12-15km) for senior teams, and a shorter course (5-8km) 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.

The series is big on participation, so we will have some cool spot prizes, including a Tai paddle.

Must read: Hoe Tonga PADDLA Series information package (click to download)

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All races at a glance

Race 1: 10 June (Sat), Dolly Varden Beach, Porirua

Race 2: 12 August (Sat), Onepoto in Titahi Bay, Porirua

Race 3: 2 September (Sat), Ngati Toa Domain, Porirua

Race 4: 23 September (Sat), Whanganui

Other information

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Cancellation: Mana Super 6 Ocean Challenge

It is with disappointment that Hoe Tonga has to announce the cancellation of the Mana Super 6 Ocean Challenge 2017 (including a Cook Strait Crossing race course option as previously successfully tested).

We could have worked with as little as 6 teams, just as the Molokai Hoe once started with a handful of teams. But we had a smaller than expected number of formal intents to race from teams by the due date, coupled with the unexpected withdrawal of teams that had previously committed to racing, thereby leaving us no choice but to cancel.

We would like to thank those sponsors and supporters that stuck with us to get this event format to the start line, including but not limited to Goodmanns, NZCT, Trust House, support boaties, key clubs such as PCKC and Hikoikoi agreeing to make their canoes available to teams, and those putting in the planning yards.

Hoe Tonga

Hoe Tonga Secondary School Regional Sprint Champs, 18 March



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Onepoto, Titahi Bay
  • When: 18 March 2017
  • Entries closed on Friday, 10 March 2017.



  • View the entries
  • Entries are to be done via each school (through the school sports coordinators)
  • There are no refunds for entries that chose not to race or show up on race day.

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com

Confirmed selection for W12 regional team

A letter from Chris Fox, W12 Selector

Kia ora koutou

I am pleased to announce the selection of the following paddlers who will represent Hoe Tonga in the Regional Premier W12 at National Sprints 2017.

Congratulations to these paddlers and the appointed Team Captains who have indicated their availability and willingness to undertake this role and represent our region. 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:

Hoe Tonga Regional W12 Paddlers (Men)
1) Selection based on 1st OM Team W6 500m 2) Fastest W1 Men 250m Dash Race – J19/Open

1 P.J. Rimene-Albrett Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
2 Aperahama Hurihanganui Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
3 NUKU, Joe Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
4 RIMENE, Paddy Wairarapa WWACC (Captain)
5 TAIAPA, Parekoihu Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
6 RIMENE-ALBRETT, Shannon Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
7 SCHERZER, Joern Hikoikoi Waka Club
8 AMMUNSON-FYALL, Matt Hikoikoi Waka Club
9 HYNES, Lawrence Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
10 HANARA, Andrew Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
11 WALFORD-COLLIER, Ducati Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club
12 SAVELL, Jarrod Hawaiki Nui Tuarua Waka Ama

Next Waitlisted: Kasey JOE-MCINDOE

Hoe Tonga Regional W12 Paddlers (Women)
1) Selection based on 1st OM Team W6 500m 2) Fastest W1 Women 250m Dash Race – J19/Open

1 Rachel Kingi Whanganui River OCC (Captain)
2 Ngarita King Whanganui River OCC
3 Maioha Arihia Whanganui River OCC
4 Jaimee-lee Coleman Whanganui River OCC
5 Nikki Crawford Whanganui River OCC
6 Talia Poutini Whanganui River OCC
7 HODGES, Ria Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
8 GILLESPIE, Ariana Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
9 WALFORD-COLLIER, Donna Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
10 HODGES, Hineora Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
11 Eden Te PAA Porirua Canoe Kayak Club Inc.
12 ELKINGTON, Marama Hawaikinui

Next Waitlisted:  Mereana Hodges

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 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.

Hoe Tonga will supply a uniform (shirt only) to both teams.

Nga mihi nui
Christine Fox
W12 Hoe Tonga Regional Selector

Regionals 2016: Lane draw and live viewing and live results

It’s going to be our biggest year, with over 60 teams entered, and 110 races!

IMPORTANT: In order to get through the programme on Saturday, racing will commence at 8.30am. This means all teams and paddlers in the early races should be on site at 7.30am. Do plan your travel, from Wellington to Masterton is about at least 1:30hrs by car.

Here some key documents for race day:

Note that we will track canoes, which means you can view all racing live at http://www.yacht-bot.com/races/11795. Canoes will be identified only by their numbers, so keep an eye on the estimated start times for each race and the live results to keep track of who is on the water.

We will also have all results available live at http://www.liveresults.co.nz (this is in addition to the printed results, as they become available, at the information desk).

For further information, click here.

Inter-club W12 entries for Nationals 2017 (W12 made up by paddlers from 2 clubs)

As per rule 21.7 in the Waka Ama NZ race rules, W12 crews at Nationals can be made up of competitors from up to two clubs from the same region, but only in the following divisions:

  • 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 hoetonga@gmail.com by no later than Thursday 8 December. 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 hoetonga@gmail.com no later than 31 December 2016. Hoe Tonga will not chase up unfilled rosters – relevant late fees from Waka Ama NZ will be charged directly 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.

W12 races at Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Champs 2016

Hoe Tonga will be offering W12 races at this year’s Regional Sprint Champs, held in Masterton on 3-4 December.


They will be initially offered in three divisions: Intermediate, J16 and Premier. Hoe Tonga invites clubs to enter their teams. If clubs are interested to enter other divisions, then in the first instance we would like to have them race in any of the divisions noted above (eg J19 and Masters can race in Premier; Midget teams can race under Intermediate).

W12 races will be raced last on Saturday, 3 December, ie following the completion of the W6 races over 500m and 1500m on that day (this is for logistical reasons, as it involves utilising the same canoes used for the 500m and 1500m races).

For more information on the Hoe Tonga Sprint Champs, go to https://hoetonga.co.nz/2016/10/10/regionals-2016-in-masterton-henley-lake/.

Selection process for regional W12 at Nationals 2017

The following sets out the process for Hoe Tonga’s selection of the regional W12 that will compete at Nationals 2017. The process applies to both men and women.

Selection will be done by a selector (to be appointed by the Hoe Tonga Board in due course) 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 2017.

Race info available for Regionals 2016 in Masterton, 3-4 Dec



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: 3 and 4 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 close on Thursday, 24 November.
  • Roster closes on Tuesday, 29 November.


View entries


  • Waiver form for team W6 entries
  • Waiver form for W1 entries
  • Entries are to be done via your club at NKOA’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 chose not to race or show up on race day.

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