Hoe Tonga would like to congratulate our paddlers who have made the New Zealand teams to paddle at the IVF World Elite Sprint Championship
Successful Hoe Tonga Paddlers are:
Marama Elkington Open Women
Marianna Hodges Open Women
Paddy Rimene Open Men
Ducati Walford Development Men
The full list of crews can be seen on the link below.
Hoe Tonga getting Around
We are getting out and about, introducing ourselves and learning more about the clubs. Please if you are having a club committee/ executive meeting we will would welcome the opportunity for one of our board members to attend. Let us know when your club meetings are on by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested in more detail, you can find minutes of the Hoe Tonga Board meetings at https://hoetonga.co.nz/about-2/governance-board/meetings/
Regionals wrap up
At the end of 2017, we had our most successful regionals to date in terms of participant numbers with over 500 paddlers participating on the day and nearly 130 races.
- The first time where we had all volunteers sorted prior to the event without any gaps for stations.
- Holding the 12 man races on Saturday allowed the event to run to time on the Sunday and add addition races
- We had some complications with water quality and weed. This was an additional cost and took significant effort to clear before the races. Masterton District Council Hoe Tonga is working to alter the lakes water flow to allow more fresh water to flow into the lake improving the water quality and reducing the weeds. This will go to the resource consent stage in the middle of 2018, and we are looking to strongly support this action.
Paddler Series planning
- We have received interest from clubs wanting to host races in this year’s long distances paddler series during winter.
- There was some concern about the point system last year and Hoe Tonga invited feedback from clubs on this. We will be maintaining the point system from last year, but adding a stipulation around competing in one division – more details to come.
- Races will be approximately 4 weeks apart.
- Dates and information will be available on the HT website, and HT Facebook, likely from late March.
Regional Development Officer
- We are in contract negotiations with Sport Wellington, in order to lock in the funding that they approved in principle. We are hoping to the RDO in place by the middle of 2018, initial funding is for one year to deliver on key objectives such as growth for waka ama in schools.
- Our strategic plan 2014-2018 will need to be replaced with a new one. We will be in touch with clubs in the next couple of months with details for a workshop to start that process.
If you don’t already know the Waka Hourua: Haunui, , Hinemoana, and Gaualofa are planning to make their way to the Porirua Harbour on Thursday, 1st March 2018. Hotu Barclay-Kerr kaihautu of Haunui has asked to send this notice out to you all to let you know that the Waka Hourua will be in the Porirua Harbour from this Thursday through to Sunday. Therefore whānau if you haven’t yet had the chance to see the waka hourua and their respective crews pop on down to the Mana Cruising Club, Ngāti Toa Domain, Pascoe Avenue, Mana from Thursday.
A message from Paddy:
Kia Ora Tatou
Firstly congratulations on your selection into the Premier Men’s Regional 12 Team. What a great privilege to represent your clubs and region, with all the hard work you have put in over the last few months.
I personally look forward to representing our region with you.
A few things for race day… which is the last race on day 5
- Meet, Car park, in front of Don Rowland’s Centre
- Time, approx. 4.30pm or the first call
- Uniform, please wear your clubs race shirt
I wish you all the best of luck, with your crews
If you would like to be a volunteers at National Sprints in the Loading Bay.
and you are 16 or older
Please contact WANZ.
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 email@example.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.
- Paddy Rimene
- Joe Nuku
- Jorian Tangaere
- PJ Rimene-Albrett
- Shannon Rimene-Albrett
- Jordan Stuart
- HODGES, Turi
- TAIAPA, Parekoihu
- TE KERE, Mataiawhea
- HURIHANGANUI, Aperahama
- SAVELL Jarrod
- BABBINGTON, Ngarangi
- Marianna Hodges
- Ngahuia Henare
- Amiria Saltzmann
- Kawai Winiata
- Marianne Archer
- Hinekura Winiata
- ELKINGTON, Marama
- HENARE, Te Rangihuia
- COOK, Tunis
- THOMAS, Kayla
- TE PAA, Eden
- FA’AFOI, Jess
- CRAWFORD, Nikki Lee
- HENARE – TAIAPA
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.
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.