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

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Wrap Up

As spring approaches and winter departs we close off the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series in Whanganui with up to 30 entries registered for the final race

Hoe Tonga would like to thank everyone who has participated in the series but most importantly thank all our hosts. Hawaikinui Tuarua, Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club and Te Ringa Miti Tai Heke. Without your efforts our growing series would not be possible.

Special Congratulations goes out to our winning teams of the series

Junior Short Course Champions 2019: PCKC Winter Warriors PCKC

PCKC Junior Winners

Open Short Course Champions 2019: Va’a Roa Hawaikinui Tuarua

Hawaikinui Short Course Winners

Open Long Course Champions 2019: Sons of Poseidon PCKC

PCKC Long Course Winners

Once again we presented “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. This year we have a new winner with this award being presented to Hawaikinui Tuarua


For a full overview of results follow the links below

Race 4 Results

Full Series Results


Hoe Tonga AGM 2019

It has come to that time of year again when we have our annual Hoe Tonga AGM and would like to invite all the club reps from each club to come along.

This year it will not be after the last race in Whanganui, instead it has moved to the end of September

DATE: Sunday September 29th 2019

TIME: 3pm-4pm

VENUE: Titahi Bay Boating Club (PCKC Clubrooms)

If the usual club rep is not available may we please have an alternative person take their place. It is important that we get a representative from each club at this hui.

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series Race 4 Information Available

Race information for race four of the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series is now available follow the link below. Contact your club rep to enter your team now, Whanganui always puts on a great day for us and it is always exciting racing.



  • This is the last race of the paddler series, prize giving will be at the conclusion of the last race.
  • The AGM will NOT be at the conclusion of this years race, instead it has been moved to September 29th in Porirua
  • Late Entries and on the day entries will NOT be accepted. Entries close on August 31st

Performance Sprints Steering Workshop

The sun is on its way and the days are getting longer which can only mean one thing in the Waka world, Sprint Season is coming.

To assist current and new steerers, Hoe Tonga has invited Paul Roozenaal provide a performance steering workshop to any steerers wanting to gain an extra edge in their steering performance. This workshop is half theory and half practical so bring down some paddling gears and warm clothes.

DATE: October 19th

TIME: 10am-1pm

VENUE: PCKC Clubrooms

COSTS: $40/person

Send an email to hoetonga@gmail.com if you are interested with full name and phone number.

Advanced sprints steering

Hoe Tonga Regional Sprints Dates Confirmed

Due to the growth in participation at the Regional Sprints over the last few years the Hoe Tonga Board decided that it was time to expand the event across more days. After consulting with paddlers and clubs from across the region, we can now confirm that this years Regional Sprints will be spread across two weekends.

The first weekend will be only W1 and that will be on November 23rd with the 24th being the postponement date if needed.

The second weekend will be W6 and W12 racing with heats being on Saturday Nov 30th and Finals on Sunday Dec 1st.

The official race pānui will be available at a later date.DJI_0007-Pano


We would like to please request some volunteers for the event from a variety clubs to ensure the event can go ahead.  If you are racing or have children racing we can manage the time around this so you don’t miss out. If you are interested and happy to lend a hand please send an email to Matai at hoetonga@gmail.com and please advise what days you can work.