Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Hosts

Still a few month away till the beginning of the 2020 Hoe Tonga Winter Paddler Series, however planning is already underway.

In order for this series to run we do need some of our dedicated clubs to host these race.

Hosting a paddler series race is a great opportunity to upskill club members and is a great fundraising opportunity for clubs. Therefore any clubs that would like to host one of the Winter Series Races, we encourage you to send us a notification of interest to hoetonga@gmail.com by FEB 15th 2020.

Please include your preference of date (or order of preference) and a brief overview of how you will host the event. (Please note the first race will be hosted by Hawaikinui on May 23rd)

The dates available are as follows

  • July 11th
  • Aug 1st
  • Sep 5th

We will try to spread the races around the region e.g Wellington, Porirua, Whanganui ect. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Sprint Nationals Site Allocation 2020

Regions are to co-ordinate their space and ensure tents are erected in such a way that it maximises space and viewing for everyone.(The short side of the tents must face the lake)
We will be marking out an area of the spectator bank that must be kept clear of all tents or marques. This is to allow for safe walking passage.
Any tents or pop up structures erected on the slopping embankment will need to be put down for prize giving each day.

If your region or clubs in your region are arranging for a Hire company to erect tents on your behalf. The Hire Company needs to know where to put them in relation to the designated space below.

NO tents can be erected until after 10 am Friday 10th January. 

Clubs should be reminded that their tents need to be within your regional allocated area. If tents (club or otherwise) are erected in the wrong area or in such a way that it does not maximise space we will ask that they are taken down.


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Dash Results, W1 Quota and Hoe Tonga Regional W12 Representatives

Congratulations to all competitors at the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints who have qualified for spots at the 2020 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa National Sprint Champs. You can find the official ranking from the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints Below

W1 Ranking and Quota Spots

The Official Results of the Dash Races are also available

Dash Results

Finally a big congratulations to the following paddlers who have qualified for the Regional W12 Team who will be representing the Hoe Tonga Region in the Regional 12 race at the Nationals in 2020.

Hoe Tonga Wāhine

  • Wikitoria Doyle
  • Isabella Fetineiai
  • Hinerauwharangi Henare-Taiapa
  • Jasmine Ratapu
  • Amiria Ropata-Cooper
  • Fern Thompson
  • Marama Elkington
  • Mariana Hodges
  • Te Rangihuia Henare
  • Hiria Rolleston
  • Pounamu Mackay
  • Georgia Ropeti

Hoe Tonga Tāne

  • Tremaine Rimene
  • Paddy Rimene
  • Shannon Rimene Albrett
  • Jorian Tangaere
  • PJ Rimene Albrett
  • Parekoihu Taiapa
  • Turi Hodges
  • Joe Nuku
  • Lawrence Hynes
  • Slade Butler
  • Mataiawhea Te Kere
  • Koroiti Tuiau Tongia

Inter Club W12 Entries for Nationals 2020

  • 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 hoetonga@gmail.com by no later than 12 December Midday. 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 hoetonga@gmail.com no later than 31 December 2019. 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.

Waka Ama Co-Ordinator – Waka Ama Level 4

New Job Opportunity with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Are you an experienced Co-ordinator that would be excited about working within a diverse Tertiary environment?

The successful candidate will have great communication skills as they will be required to liaise with the programme kaiako.  They will also be responsible for ensuring that all relevant resources needed to run this programme are organised and readily available.

The successful applicant must have:


  • Level 4 or 5 Waka ama certificate or higher
  • Day Skippers Boat certificate or higher
  • Level 5 Certificate in Adult Education
  • 4098 and NOA assessments
  • First Aid Certificate

Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori is preferred.

Follow the link below for more information

Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints Wrap up and Results

After a long two weekends Hoe Tonga Waka Ama Regionals Sprint Championships wrap up for another year at Henley Lake.

Big thank you to all the volunteers and Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club for hosting the event again. Thank you to all the clubs who assisted in the delivery of the event in some shape or form.

You can find all the results below.

W1 Results

W6/W12 Results

Please note that the Dash results will be uploaded at a later time due to some technical difficulties.

Also with Race 74 Senior Master Mens 1000m straight final there was some issues with the timing system, however all the placings for this race are correct and all racing faults by teams have been considered.

Congratulations to our winners of the Club Excellence Trophy for 2019 who once again were Otaki Waka Hoe

The winners of the James Hapeta Trophy for club spirit were Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club. 

Well done to all our winners and participants and good luck for the Waka Ama Nationals 2020.

W1 Regionals this Saturday

Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Championships Officially kick off this weekend at Henley Lake in our W1 divisions. Just a few reminders.

  • Paddlers are required to organise their own W1 to race in, the event organisers will not runaround to help look for one on the day so make sure you are prepared for something to race in.
  • Participants must bring their own number holders. There will be some available for purchase at the registration desk for $5 each but stock is very limited so best to bring your own.
  • All Waka must be 16kg or over. If you believe you need some weights because your waka is too light please bring some.
  • If you are from out of the region you will not be eligible for the quota spots at nationals or the event prizes but still welcomed to race.

There will also be W1 Waka roof racks available at the venue. They are $150 each. If you miss out at the venue but still interested contact Kara Henare

Cell: 0211439117


Wanting to run a Fundraiser at the Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints?

If you are thinking of running a fundraiser at this years Hoe Tonga Regional Sprint Championships you are first required to let us know.

We welcome clubs to raise funds for their teams however to ensure that all food that is sold is up to council health standards and to ensure that 5 sausage sizzles are not running at the same time.

If you are intending on selling anything at the event, please let Matai know via email at hoetonga@gmail.com or via mobile on 0221037755.



Welcome to New Hoe Tonga Board Member

Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association would like to welcome Jillian Savell to the Hoe Tonga Board. She has been involved in Waka Ama since 2010 and was the Treasurer for Hawaikinui Tuarua Waka Ama Club.

She brings with her a wealth of experience in the Waka Ama space as well as accounts and payroll areas. She will assist in the governance of the region and help us achieve our strategic plan 2019-2023 which can be found below.

Click to access hoe-tonga-strategic-plan-2019-2023-final.pdf

Once again welcome to the team Jillian.

Steering Workshop Reminder

A reminder that next Saturday (Oct 19th) Paul Roozendaal will be running a Performance Sprints steering workshop focused on turns.

Paul has advised that those who have had full crews attend the workshop, tend to get the most out of the session. Last week Paul ran a clinic in Paeroa and here is what they had to say;

“Paul came and did a steering clinic in Paeroa. He is a wealth of knowledge and I highly recommend. Paul was exceptionally patient with me as a novice steerer. He explained each paddlers role in the Waka while turning and how to do so in an efficient manner. Thanks Paul. I definitely feel more confident going into Nationals”

If you have not registered yet and interested in coming along email hoetonga@gmail.com with your name and phone number. It is $40 per person, runs from 9am-12pm and will be hosted at the PCKC club rooms. Email now for more information.Advanced sprints steering