Update on Mana Super 6

An updated race information package has been made available, with the following additional information:

  • Prize giving will be held at the Supply Room (Mana Esplanade, Porirua) from about 4.45pm. Platters will be available.
  • Location maps have been updated, for set up and derigging, at Ngati Toa domain and Paraparaumu Beach.
  • Various COVID restrictions no longer apply; however, we still encourage good sanitising practices.

More information is available at https://hoetonga.co.nz/2022/02/28/mana-super-6-ocean-challenge-23-april-2022/.

Note that tracking information will be made available in the next few days.

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2022

Get ready for this year’s Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2022, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, enable paddlers and teams to race during the winter season, and to help prepare for this year’s Long Distance Nationals in October.

Races consist of a long course (12-18km) for senior teams, and a shorter course (6-9km) for junior and novice (1st year paddling) teams. Some hosts may also offer V1/OC1 races.

The Series is overseen by Hoe Tonga, but each individual race is hosted and organised by member clubs or event organisers. 

Key info:

As in previous years, the series is big on participation and we will have a range of spot prizes, including a brand new Tai Broadbill paddle.

The race information package is available here.

Please note that race details are subject to change. Please keep an eye on updates regarding any of the races.

Race 1: Saturday, 16 July, Evans Bay or Freyberg Beach

Race 2: Saturday, 6 August,  Ngati Toa Domain, Porirua (but tbc)

  • Host: to be confirmed
  • Race information (to come)
  • Entries by club (to come)
  • Entries by event (to come)
  • Results (to come)

Race 3: Saturday, 27 August, Ngati Toa Domain, Porirua

  • Host: Hawaikinui
  • Contact: Mike Oxnam; 021 031 8072; hawaikinui2@gmail.com
  • Race information (to come)
  • Entries by club (to come)
  • Entries by event (to come)
  • Results (to come)

Race 4: Saturday, 17 September (TBC), Whanganui River

  • Host: Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke
  • Race information (to come)
  • Entries by club (to come)
  • Entries by event (to come)
  • Results (to come)

Panui for Hoe Tonga Regional Secondary School Sprint Championship 2022 now available

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association, in association with College Sport Wellington, is pleased to offer secondary school students the opportunity to participate in our region’s Secondary School Sprint Champs. Following a postponement due to COVID-19, the event will now take place on Sunday 22 May 2022, at Henley Lake in Masterton. 

Please click on the link for all information: 2022 Information Pack RSSC. For other event information, please go to https://hoetonga.co.nz/2022/02/21/hoe-tonga-secondary-school-regional-sprint-championships-2022/.

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email hoetonga@gmail.com

Update on Hoe Tonga Regional Secondary School Sprint Champs

In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions under the Red setting, the Regional Secondary School Sprint Champs, originally scheduled for 12 March 2022, have been postponed.

Hoe Tonga is unable to run the event due to the current 100 person event limit, as our event now attracts well over 400 paddlers.

Hoe Tonga is yet to confirm a postponement date, but the current proposal is for it to be held on Saturday 21 May 2022 or Sunday 22 May 2022.

The reason for this late season data is that this makes it more likely that New Zealand will have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak, and therefore, it makes it more likely that an Orange setting will be in place by that time.

In addition to the above, please note that due to space limitations at Onepoto, and to reduce the impact of the colder conditions, the event would likely be held on Henley Lake in Masterton.

Hoe Tonga aims to provide an update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we encourage schools and clubs to continue with their waka in schools programmes.

Hoe Tonga Secondary School Regional Sprint Championships 2022


  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: Sunday, 22 May 2022
  • Divisions: J19, J16, Year 7/8
  • Entries closed: 12 May 2022

Key information


  • There are no refunds for entries after the entry cut-off date where paddlers choose not to race or show up on race day (even if invoices have not yet been received, or schools have not yet settled relevant entry fees).
  • Entries are to be done via each school (for secondary schools through the school sports coordinators; for intermediate schools directly with Hoe Tonga)

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com.

This event is brought to you by Hoe Tonga and College Sport Wellington.

Notice regarding incident at Regionals 2021

Following the conclusion of the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Champ Championship 2021, the Hoe Tonga Board was made aware of a claim that a paddler that was not fully vaccinated competed in one of the events.

In response, Hoe Tonga undertook an investigation into this matter, and it can be confirmed that such incident took place.

The Hoe Tonga Board deliberated on this matter, and notes the following: 

  • Hoe Tonga, as a condition of entry to our Regional Sprint Championship 2021, required  paddlers to be double vaccinated (and such requirement is enabled under Hoe Tonga’s  constitution, refer rule 6.1). Clubs, coaches and paddlers were made aware of this  requirement through various race notices (eg website, social media posts) and also through an explicit statement in the event waiver form. This is in addition to nation-wide media coverage on the new traffic light system, and publicised mandatory vaccination requirements for events with more than 100 participants. 
  • As the mandatory vaccination requirement was very new, and had not yet been  implemented at any other waka ama event, Hoe Tonga undertook its best efforts to give  effect to the new requirement by requiring paddlers to show their vaccine passes when  signing in, and receiving a wrist band that would be required to enter a designed event  area. It is now clear that there were some shortcomings in Hoe Tonga’s processes and  systems. Hoe Tonga is compiling lessons learnt from that experience, in order to improve on our future events. 
  • Hoe Tonga’s events are run largely on a trust-based approach, ie we do not have the  resources to implement various checks that are in place at the National Waka Ama Sprint  Championships to ensure compliance (eg ID checks via scanners at loading bay, etc). As  a result, Hoe Tonga is able to run its events with significantly lower costs, albeit this does  imply that we rely on clubs and paddlers to do the right thing, and to be aware of all relevant event requirements. 

Under rule 6.1 of Hoe Tonga’s Constitution, the Board can impose sanctions and penalties in relation to someone acting contrary to Hoe Tonga’s rules and requirements, and Waka Ama New Zealand (WANZ) rules, requirements, and expectations (including the WANZ Code of Conduct).

The Hoe Tonga Board considers that the lack of full vaccination is a serious matter, and it has made the decision to suspend the affiliation, for one full year, of two people in relation to this incident. This means that they are unable to compete at waka ama events during that time, as participation requires paddlers to be affiliated. The affected club and paddlers have been notified of Hoe Tonga’s decision. 

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Results 2021

What an incredible weekend it was over at Henley Lake in Masterton for our region. To see close to 400 paddlers, their whanau and club supporters make the journey over and take part was amazing. It was awesome to be able to put on a sprints event under the current Covid-19 restrictions and we appreciate everyone playing their part in following the guidelines put in place.

A massive shout out to all the volunteers and the Wairarapa Maori Wardens for their Mahi in helping us with the running of the event. We could not have done it without you all. Without the volunteers from our clubs this event is just not possible.

Some photos will be put up this week and a more detailed report of the weekend, but please see the results here: https://hoetonga.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/results-all-days-updated.pdf

Lastly, we would like to thank Te Wananga o Aotearoa for their on going support and partnership for our Sprint Regional Event 2021.

W6/W12 Teams Sprint Specific Details Update

To help ensure participant safety, we have changed the event format to manage overall attendance numbers. The W1 event on Sat 27 November was a great experience at how we can continue paddling while providing a safe COVID-19 free environment. We are keen to reproduce this for the W6 event.

Hoe Tonga thanks paddlers and clubs for their patience and supporting Hoe Tonga to provide a safe and COVID-19 free event. In order for the event to proceed at the Orange alert level:

Please have a read of the document attached that has more information around the paddler area, whanau supporters expectations and how this event will be run. An updated team waiver form is also now available here

W6/W12 Specific Details

Regionals is supported by TWOA. More information on TWOA and their waka ama courses can be found at http://twoa.ac.nz/

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Regionals 2021

We are excited to announce that the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Teams Sprint Event will be going ahead over the weekend of the 11-12 December.

All 500m and 250m straight races (including W12-if we can source enough waka) will happen on the Saturday and all the turn races on the Sunday. We will aim to get a race schedule up this week, with a lane draw being available next week.

The W1 event on Saturday 27th November was a great experience at how we can continue paddling while providing a safe COVID-19 free environment. We are looking at following a similar system for the team events…more details to come.

We would like to thank Te Wananga o Aotearoa for their support of the 2021 Regionals. More information on TWOA can be found here: https://www.twoa.ac.nz/