Results for Race 3, Hoe Tonga W6 PADDLA Series 2016

What a great finish to the Series, with 20 teams in attendance. Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke Waka Ama Club hosted this event, and did a fantastic job.

Weather conditions were excellent, albeit with strong winds. The river provided an excellent race venue, with some challenges for steerers to find a good line to avoid the wind and current.

A big thank you to our sponsors of various spot prizes for the Series: The Sprig&Fern Tavern in Petone, Takeaway@Churton, and Tai Paddles. Spot prizes included two new paddles!

Two trophies were given out:

  • Hikoikoi L Plates won the Series in the Novice/Junior category, with 34 points.
  • Hikoikoi Open Men won the Series in the Senior category, with 22 points.

These trophies will be up for grabs again next year.

Click here to download the results for Race 3 of the series.

Photos and videos are available on Hoe Tonga’s Facebook page.

Racing can be replayed:

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Results for Ice Water Paddler Series Race 3

It was a beautiful sunny day, albeit with a biting Southwesterly. Numbers were a bit down, but a few hardy souls battled it out anyway.

Here the results for Race 3:

Overall Name Time Craft W1 Men W1 Wo SS/SK
1 Jörn Scherzer 0:49:51 W1 1
2 Lawrence Hynes 0:50:04 W1 2
3 Karl Timu 0:51:26 SS 1
4 Rueben Hill 0:52:31 SS 2
5 Barton Fletcher 0:52:35 SS 3
6 Bowen Cook 1:06:45 W1 3
7 Mahinaarangi Rikihana 1:08:47 W1 1
8 Fern Thompson 1:11:18 W1 2
9 Izzy Bruce 1:12:48 W1 3
10 Willie Johnstone Coaching W1

Don’t forget to get your entries in for Race 2 of the Hoe Tonga W6 PADDLA Series this Sunday, also at Dolly Varden Beach.

Results – Race 1 of the Hoe Tonga W6 PADDLA Series 2016

Paddlers were greeted by a pretty decent chilly Southeasterly, but otherwise sunny-ish conditions at Race 1 of the Series. A big thanks to all teams supporting the event, and what a fantastic effort by PCKC as the host of Race 1. The event was very well run, and sets a benchmark for races 2 and 3.

Click here for the results of Race 1, including the number of series points collected by each team so far.

Want to replay the racing? Click on the links below:

Race 2 will be hosted by Hawaiki Nui Tuarua Waka Ama Club, on 6 August 2016. Please ensure that you get your entries on time for Race 2 and 3. For Race 1 we had several teams enter at the last minute, which makes it hard for organisers to plan ahead. Please help our event organisers by being organised.

To view additional information, please go to

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Results for Race 1: Ice Water Paddler Series, Sat 16 April

A great start to the series. Considering a number of paddlers were away, an excellent turn out with 23 entries: 16 W1/W2 and 7 Surfski/Seakayaks. It’s definitely a good way to measure training progress, and much more fun than slogging it out alone.

Unfortunately the wind picked up significantly, so it was hard going in some sections of the race. The start was at Ngati Toa Domain, to Browns Bay, back to a turn markers just outside the Mana Yacht Club, back to Browns Bay, and then back home with the finish at Ngati Toa Domain. Total distance was approximately 11km, so a bit longer than originally anticipated.

For the results, click here.

We tracked the first 14 entries of the race. The race can be replayed at See you at the next event on late June (likely Petone). If there is demand, we could run an additional race in late May, text Joern on 021-1250997 in case this is of interest.

Note that we may change the future events from Saturday to Sundays, as this may work better to fit in with various trainings at clubs on Saturdays. To be notified well in advance of the next events.

Want to know more about the Series? Go to

Results for Hoe Tonga Secondary School Waka Ama Champs

A big thank you to all paddlers, schools, and officials/volunteers that made it a great day. We were lucky this year that we had fantastic racing conditions, with only light to moderate Northerly winds.


Photos of the event are yet to come, they will be made available on this site as soon as possible.

If you have any feedback on this event, please email If any paddlers wish to continue to paddle outside their school waka ama activities, please contact any of the clubs within the Hoe Tonga region. There are also a number of racing opportunities coming up for juniors, including the W6 Paddla Series over winter, and the Regional Sprint Champs in December this year.

Results for Regional Secondary School Sprints

Please click here to download the results for the Regional Secondary School Sprints 2015.

A huge THANK YOU  to ALL of the wonderful group of Volunteers who gave their time and energy in pretty trying conditions on Saturday. 

You are the unsung heroes, and without you we would not be able to run these events, You were just fantastic, and the spirit of positive response on the day was just wonderful. THANK YOU,  THANK YOU, THANK YOU

Results and photos for the W1 day for the Hoe Tonga Regionals 2014

Certainly a mixed package today, ranging from perfect glassy conditions in the morning, to a rather brisk 25knot Southerly and rain kicking in at about 11:20am.

An on-time start at 9am, and the flat conditions in the morning meant that we got significantly ahead of the scheduled race times, at one stage up to 2.5 hours. Apologies to those that missed their races as a result of this. However, given the forecast Southerly kicking in at lunch time, organisers had no choice but to push ahead when conditions were flat to ensure the best possible race conditions, especially in the junior divisions – as advised in the panui on Friday, and again at the race briefing in the morning. It pays to be on-site early or to be in touch with your respective club representatives.

Please click here to download the results for the W1 day of the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Championship 2014.

Click here to view photos for the W1 day, or see the slideshow below (only works on some devices).


This year, the James Hapeta Club Spirit Award was won by Hikoikoi Waka Club. With few entries yet a significant number volunteers, they showed they are a deserving winner this year.

The Club Excellence Trophy was again won by Porirua Canoe Kayak Club. Their significant efforts in terms of coaching and paddler support is continuing to show great results. Below the final tally of points after both race days for participating clubs.

  • Porirua Canoe Kayak – 163
  • TOA – 88
  • Te Rau o Te Rangi – 53
  • Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke – 25
  • Wairarapa – 21
  • Hawaikinui – 14
  • Tai Tonga – 7
  • Hikoikoi – 5
  • Mana Pasifika – 0

Lastly, but not least, a huge thank you to the large number of volunteers, without whom the Champs could not be run. Key tasks include, but are not limited to things such as planning and organising the event, maintaining and setting the race course, staffing the safety and support boats, loading bay, finish line, registration desk, setting up race infrastructure in the morning and pulling it down and cleaning up afterwards, and the list goes on. A formal thank you will follow in the next couple of weeks.

Results and photos for W6 day for Hoe Tonga Regionals 2014

A great day for racing, follow the link below for the complete results for the W6 day of the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Championship 2014.

Click here to download the results for the W6 day.

Click here to view photos for the W6 day, or see the slideshow below (only works on some devices).


In addition, here the points table for the Club Excellence Trophy so far. PCKC and TOA Waka Ama are point leaders, and the final result will be decided on the W1 day this coming weekend.

  • PCKC – 86
  • TOA – 73
  • TROTR – 34
  • Wairarapa – 14
  • TRMTH – 7
  • Hawaikinui – 6
  • Hikoikoi – 0
  • Mana Pasifika – 0
  • Tai Tonga – 0