Regional Results Day 1

Congratulations to all those who raced yesterday especially to those who have secured a quota spot for the upcoming National Sprints 2021. Below are the results for all the W1 races.


Next weekend is day 2 and 3 which will feature all the W6/W12 races. The straight races will be on Saturday and turns on Sunday. Schedule and lane draw will be out later this week. Please also remember to add your paddlers to the roster. If not you will risk having your team withdrawn due to the new sanctioning conditions and Covid 19.

See you all down there next week.

Sponsorship to help grow Waka Ama in lower North Island

A new event sponsorship for lower North Island waka ama events scheduled for the next two weekends will help contribute to growing the number of people involved in the sport.

The sponsorship by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will provide support for the Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association (Hoe Tonga), which is hosting its W1 Regional Sprints competition at Henley Lake Park in Masterton this weekend, with the W6 competition at the same venue next weekend.

Hoe Tonga is the organisation representing waka ama in the lower North Island and has a vision to see more people participating, enjoying and achieving in waka ama.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa kairuruku hauora Brendon Morgan says Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is excited to be supporting the regional sprints competition with Hoe Tonga.   

“Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is a big supporter of waka ama and our participation at the regionals is aimed at growing awareness and participation in the kaupapa, especially here in the lower North Island,” he says.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provides the Level 4 Certificate in Waka programme in Masterton. The programme develops students’ confidence and skills in tikanga waka, along with teaching, water safety, waka types, history and traditions, tikanga Māori and whakapapa. Students also complete the Coastguard Boating Education Day Skipper qualification.

“Together with Hoe Tonga, we hold the steering hoe (paddle) together in this event and we are proud to support the whānau this weekend and the ongoing growth of Waka Ama in the region.”

For more information on this weekend’s competition, go to:

Fundraising at Regionals 2020

Anyone that is wanting to fundraise (e.g sausage sizzles, hangi) please email This is so we can inform the local council of any food that may be sold at the event and to ensure we have a variety of options available on the day.

First in first serve bases on what you are wanting to offer. Please advise who will be the main contact of the stall. Please send your request through by Nov 13 (This Friday)

Request for Volunteers for the Regional Sprints

With the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints coming up in a few weeks we require the support of as many people as possible.

If you are attending the regionals this year as a supporter/parent or a paddler competing on only one or two races we would love your help. Therefore we are asking for anyone who will be happy to volunteer to be one of our officials at the event.

Roles include,

  1. Registration/admin
  2. Marshalling
  3. Start line official
  4. Finish line/timekeeper
  5. Flag boat starter
  6. Loading bay.

Any one that is able to assist please contact Matai either via email or by mobile 0221037755.

Please indicate what day you are available (Nov 21st, Nov 28th or Nov 29th) and if you are happy to help in the morning, afternoon or full day.

Once again contact Matai or 0221037755

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2020 Wrap Up

After the disruption of Covid 19 and having to cancel race three of the series we finally managed to complete another year of the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series. Congratulations to all those teams that competed in the series especially those who managed to keep training throughout lockdown and turned up to our final race in Foxton.

It was the first time we went to Foxton and it turned out to be a great venue. We would like to thank the Manawatu Boat Club for hosting us and the local council and community for their support.

Special congratulations to our winning teams for 2020

Junior Short Course Champions 2020: Arikipuia, Porirua Canoe and Kayak club

Open Short Course Champions 2020: Makirikiri, Otaki Waka Hoe

Open Long Course Champions 2020: Mana Men, Mana Pasifika Outrigger Canoe Club

The “He Taonga Kotahitanga” trophy is awarded to the club within the Hoe Tonga region that accumulates the most points based on each clubs three best team. The winners for this award for 2020 is Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club.

For an overview of the results visit the links below.

Race 4 event results

Final Points Table.

Paddler Series Race 4 this Saturday

Reminder to all teams wanting to compete in the final race of the paddler series this Saturday, entries close tonight so get your teams in quick or risk missing out. Contact your club coordinator to enter the team for you.

Team rosters must also be filled in or the team will be withdrawn from the event.

Clubs bringing waka please bring a waka trolley as there will not be any there at the venue, unless you wish to carry your waka to the water.

Lastly if there is anyone happy to volunteer for the event please contact Matai at and just advise what race you can help with. We require an additional time keeper and safety checker.

WANZ Strategic Plan invite reminder

Serveral clubs and paddlers would have received an email last week regarding Waka Ama New Zealands draft strategic plan 2021-2025 consultation on October 7th at 7pm via zoom. It would be great to get as many clubs and paddlers as possible to provide feedback.

You should have had a chance to view the strategic plan, if not visit the link below.

If you are interested in joining the zoom meeting let Matai know via for the zoom link.

Waka Reo

For the last 12 months Ōtaki Waka Hoe coaches and senior paddlers have worked with Māori language expert – Hēni Jacob and the Hodges Whānau to develop a Māori language resource for waka ama communities beginning with our own here in Hoe Tonga. 
We invite all Hoe Tonga clubs to register for workshops in the coming months. There is no cost for participants. The workshop happens on the water but participants will also take away a kit of reo resources to use, wear and read. Ōtaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust will provide waka and meals. We ask only that you bring a paddle and prepare to have fun and get wet!

The first wananga is on Sunday 18 October 2020. You can register via the link below

For more information contact Roimata Baker at

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Race 3 Moved

Unfortunately in light of the government restrictions due to Covid 19, it has been decided that the 3rd race scheduled in Whanganui on September 5th will be cancelled.

Therefore the next race of the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series will be hosted at the Manawatu Boating Club at Foxton Beach on October 17th. This event is still currently being planned and organised and more information regarding this event will come in due course.

This race will also be the last race of the series. Prize giving will be done at the boat club after the conclusion of the final race