National Quota Spots and Regional W12

Well done to all those that competed at the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints 2018, especially those that achieved on of the Quota spots to compete at the Waka Ama Nationals 2019.

Check out the final rankings for each division including the quota spots.

Our Regional W12 teams are determined by the winner of the open men/women 500m finals with the next 6 spots filled by the fastest 6 paddlers in the W1 250m dash across J19 and open divisions.

This year’s Hoe Tonga W12 teams are as follow


  • Marianna Hodges
  • Hineora Hodges
  • Matariki Wilkins-Hodges
  • Ria Nathu
  • Kiri-Pera Nathu
  • Mahinarangi Keane
  • Marama Elkington
  • Te Rangihuia Henare
  • Isabella Fetineiai
  • Eden Te Paa
  • Kayla Thomas
  • Fern Thompson


  • Joe Nuku
  • P.J Rimene-Albrett
  • Shannon Rimene-Albrett
  • Jorian Tangaere
  • Jordan Stuart
  • Paddy Rimene
  • Jake Suitauloa
  • Lawrence Hynes
  • Parekoihu Taiapa
  • Rongopai Rehu Murchie
  • Toa Mackey Te Rangi Pumamao
  • Mataiawhea Te Kere

Congratulation to all those that have qualified for Nationals and the regional teams. Team captains for each regional team will be announced at a later date.

Junior Have A Go Waka Ama Event

Only a few days till the Hoe Tonga Junior Have a Go day. For all those entered please note that the event is now only on the Saturday. All those schools entered on the Sunday have now moved to the Saturday.

Registration opens from 7:30am

Karakia at 8am

Kick off at 8:30am

Schedule (Note: event on December 8th not 9th)

Any questions Email

Regionals 2018: round up and results

Another big Regionals done for the year. Again we saw a slight increase in the number of races that were run, with competitor numbers similar to the previous year.

There was some close racing, and if you are looking for the results, you can find them at

Poster JPGA massive thank you again to all the hard working volunteers, helpers and officials, without whom this event would not be possible.

As some of you will have noticed, we encountered a few challenges this year, and there are some lessons to be learnt for 2019. We will be doing a debrief with Masterton District Council in the near future.

The Club Excellence Award was again won by Otaki Waka Hoe. Congratulations!

For the James Hapeta Club Spirit Award, this year saw two clubs sharing the honours: Hikoikoi Waka Club  and Hawaikinui Waka Ama Club. Congratulations!

Now its time to get ready for the National Sprint Champs in January 2019. Good luck to all competitors.

Inter-club W12 entries for Nationals 2019

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 by no later than 10 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 no later than 31 December 2018. 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.

3 Spaces for Waka Safety Workshop

For those that are interested to up skill their coaching and Waka Ama ability there are 3 spaces available for the WANZ Safety Course at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke on December 2nd.

First in first serve basis. $35 for affiliated paddlers and $75 for non-affiliated.

Email to check if there are spaces available now.

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Junior Have-A-Go Waka Ama 2018

This is the first time Hoe Tonga are hosting an event that specifically targets intermediate aged (year 7 and 8) and junior (year 9 and 10) secondary school students. This event is to introduce students to Waka Ama before moving on to secondary school competitions in the following year.

The event will include a brief pre-race workshop which includes an introduction to Waka Ama and a land based tipping drill. All teams must be at the workshop before racing.



  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Cog Park, Evans Bay Wellington
  • When: 8-9 December
  • Distance: W6 1km, W6 2km
  • Divisions: Int- J16 (year 9 and 10)
  • This event is open to all schools with students in years 7-10
  • Entries close December 2nd
  • Roster Closes December 4th



  • All entries must be done through the school
  • Secondary schools to register via College Sport Wellington
  • Intermediate/Primary Schools to register via manual registration form and return to
  • There are no refunds for entries that withdraw after the entry deadline date.

Any questions email or phone 0221037755