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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 12 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 email@example.com no later than 31 December 2017. 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.
Please be aware
A person or persons have been stealing aluminium kiatos’ from Surfrigger canoes. Over the weekend the aluminium kiatos’ from two of the surfriggers kept at Hawaiki Nui club at Ivey Bay were stolen. The actual hulls and Amas’ on the waka were left intact. The thieves are possibly targeting the aluminium to sell as as scrap or possibly to refit another waka. About this time last year 3 Amas’ from w1’s located at Mana were stolen. Please be vigilant.
Kei aku rangatira a te hoe, tena koe.
From 23-28 February 2018, the New Zealand Festival with Te Āti Awa / Taranaki whānui iwi present AWaka Odyssey an extraordinary gathering of people from around the Pacific and Aotearoa.
Our nation of voyagers, discoverers, storytellers and innovators will be celebrated with a large-scale public performance on Wellington harbour to open the New Zealand Festival.of Arts
The Opening Event, Kupe will see six waka hourua from around New Zealand and the Pacific,accompanied by waka taua and waka ama, sail into the Wellington harbour to be met by our audience on the shore. Our lead performers will be supported by a mass choir and thousand strong haka made up of local schools, choirs and community groups.
We now need your help in making this special event and seek your registration of interest to be part of the Opening Event.
If you are an experienced W1/V1 paddler, with a desire to be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity
showcasing waka kaupapa to Aotearoa, please complete the online registration by Monday 11th
December 2017. We are looking for 30 volunteer W1 paddlers. We will respond to all who register their interest by Monday 18th December
Waka Ama Recruitment Brief and EOI Form
More info can be found at http://wp.me/p7gD9I-1vy
What a great day in Whanganui, with lots of sun and little wind. Our final race of the Series was well attended, with 21 teams battling it out on the Whanganui River. A big thank you to Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke hosting this final event.
Photos and videos will be shared on facebook as soon as they become available. If you took any on the day, please feel free to post it on our site.
Click here to download the results for Race 4, and the overall series (3 pages).
The category team winners with most points were as follows:
- Novice: Team Kotahitanga from Otaikokako
- Junior: Team River Queens from Whanganui OCC
- Senior: Team Mataroa from Otaikokako
We also presented a new annual club trophy: “He Taonga Kotahitanga”. This trophy is awarded to the club from the Hoe Tonga region that accumulates the most points, based on its best three teams. It was very close, only two points separated first from second. This year He Taonga Kotahitanga was awarded to Porirua Canoe Kayak Club. Congratulations.
Best viewing is on a large screen or an ipad. Large smart phones are still doable but not ideal.
Hoe Tonga has received a second nomination for one of the two vacant elected Board member positions: Thomas Tawhiri
Thomas would bring the following skills to the Board:
- Cultural – I am a speaker of Te Reo Māori and connected to my marae and Iwi.
- Leadership – to me communication is the key to achieving a good vision and working well with others is a natural consequence of this.
- Innovation and Creative Thinking – Ability to generate creative and practical ideas, and solutions to problems.
- Business Acumen – A solid understanding of commercial issues and a general proficiency for business.
- Empowering others – Being able to create and maintain an environment in which individuals can participate, make choices and take responsibility for their actions.
- Quality Focus – experience in achieving and maintaining quality standards through review and evaluation identifying strengths and improvements to support development.
- Influencing – experience in gaining support from stakeholders for an idea or proposal.
- Change Advocate – ability to implement new programmes of work for cultural and strategic change; treat change with optimism and use opportunity for producing both personal and organisational learning/growth.
- Motivated to continue even when things get difficult.
Nei ra te mihi atu ki a tatou katoa i runga i ngā āhuatanga o te wā. He tukuna tēnei mō te tūranga kua wātea mai i te takiwā o Hoe Tonga.
He uri whakaheke au nō Te Whakatōhea, ko Mātaatua me Nukutere ngā waka. Tae atu hoki ki ngā iwi o Ngāi Tai me Ngāti Raukawa ki Wharepuhunga, ko Tainui te waka. Nā reira tēna koutou ko Thomas Tawhiri ahau.
I am passionate about waka ama and have paddled competitively for many years. I have been a member of Toa Waka Ama for 8 years, and have paddled with different clubs throughout New Zealand. I have recently been coaching secondary school paddlers, and novice adults.
I have played representative and premier rugby for Ories in Wellington, played rugby league and I am a Manukura in martial arts through Rangataua o Aotearoa. I am passionate about te reo Māori, tikanga and Māori performing arts having performed at national level with Pukeahu Māori club.
My professional background is in education, as a teacher, evaluator and manager. I am currently working for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a school relationship manager. My role is to work with wharekura throughout the north island on NCEA assessment and moderation.
My governance experience includes sitting on education, whanau trusts, hapū and Iwi groups, with specific roles of strategic direction, development and implementation.
I am currently on the Toa Waka Ama Club executive committee, with a goal to support paddlers not only Toa paddlers but all paddlers in the Hoe Tonga region. I am also a member of the Whakatohea pre-settlement trust advisory for Te Reo Māori and education. The members role on this group is to provide advice to the pre-settlement trustees on the post-settlement governance structure specifically for Te Reo Māori and education.
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:
- 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
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.