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/

W1 Race Results

Massive congratulations to all the paddlers that made the trip to Henley Lake yesterday. It was awesome to see around 80 paddlers from around our region turn up to race. We appreciate all the efforts made by clubs to keep support numbers down due to the Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions.

A shout out to all our volunteers and officials for a well run event, from set up to pack down, start line to finish line, safety boats, admin and loading bay. You all were amazing and contributed to the day running to schedule.

Please see all race results here

We will have an announcement on the team events scheduled for 11-12 December as soon as possible, we appreciate your patience.

W1 Schedule and Lane Draw Out Now

Only a few sleeps to go and we will have around 80 W1 Paddlers taking part in our first Sprint Regional Event at Henley Lake. Split between two sessions and under L2 Covid-19 guidelines it will be run slightly different to past events but we are stoked to be able to offer it. We have also made a slight change and included the J19 Division in the morning session.

This is also a timely reminder to get your vaccination against Covid-19 done! With the traffic light system just around the corner we are very hopeful that the team events will be able to go ahead on the 11-12 December. This will be required for everyone 12 years and over that attends the event. Check out the Panui attached around some pop up clinics happening in Masterton.

We look forward to hosting you all this Saturday, please remember to social distance, sanitize frequently and enjoy the day.

Click on the following link for the Race Schedule and Lane Draw: https://hoetonga.co.nz/2021/11/04/hoe-tonga-sprint-regionals-2021/

W1 Regional Event Specific Details

Entries are now closed for our upcoming W1 event in Masterton on Saturday 27th November at Henley Lake. As we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Waka Ama NZ, Sport NZ and the current Level 2 Restrictions we have had to put in some paddler boundaries so that we can keep our event bubble safe and the wider community.

Due to Henley Lake being a public area we ask that all paddlers, club representatives and supporters coming along read the W1 Specific Information Sheet. This includes an area map of where parking is available, rigging of waka take place, sign in/admin area, paddler area and finish line. There is also a marked area where we ask paddlers to stay clear of.

Don’t forget that all paddlers, club representatives, supporters and volunteers also have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and that we will require proof. Please make sure that you provide this either prior to the event or bring it on the day. We will accept a letter from your GP/Healthcare provider, screenshot of the passport certificate or proof on the day. You can check ways of accessing your Covid-19 passport on this link: https://mycovidrecord.health.nz/

We have also restricted the number of club reps that can assist the paddlers during each session, so please make sure that you contact your club rep for these details or read the race information here

W1 Specific Information Sheet

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with us through email hoetonga@gmail.com or contact Megan Qaranivalu on 0221657649.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Hoe Tonga Sprint Regionals 2021


  • Host: Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association
  • Venue: Henley Lake, Masterton
  • When: W1 Saturday 27th November, W6/W12 on 11th and 12th December
  • Distance: W1 250/500m; W6 500m/1000m/1500m
  • Divisions: Midget to Master 70
  • The event is open for paddlers/teams from outside the Hoe Tonga region. Some restrictions apply to W1.
  • W1 Entries Closed: 17th November
  • W6/W12 Entries Closed: 1st December
  • W6/W12 Team Rosters Closed: 5th December
  • Cost: $5 Midgets, $20 Int-J19, $30 for Senior



  • Entries are to be done via your club and WANZ’s online system
  • Entries for W1 and W6/W12 have to be done separately due to the different entry close dates
  • There will be a late fee if an entry is not completed by the deadline, or if the roster has not been completed on time ($15 per entry).
  • There are no refunds or fee reductions for entries that withdraw after the entry deadline.


As the Covid levels and restrictions are an ever-changing landscape we will be keeping in close contact with any changes that might need to be made and compliances that will be required.  We also require that all paddlers, club representatives, volunteers and supporters 12 years and over to be fully vaccinated to attend our regional events for 2021.

Questions? Email hoetonga@gmail.com or call 0221657649.

New dates for Hoe Tonga Regionals 2021 and new COVID requirements

Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra!

Ko te aronga matua o Hoe Tonga, ko te oranga tangata. Haere, e whai i te waewae ā o tātou tīpuna, kia ora ai te tangata. Ko ngā kupu tohutohu i a mātou: mahia te mahi, hei painga mo te iwi.

Ko tā mātou, me pēhea te ngā whakamua i enei wā poraruraru, tutuki ai o rātou wawata. Ko te whakataunga e whai ake nei, he mahi e tautoko ana i ngā mahi hei arai atu te mate urutā. Ano nei, ko te aronga matua, kia ora ai te tangata.

Kia mau ki nga kupu a kui ma, a koro ma: rauhītia, manaakitia, honohonoa, tatou ki a tatou ano.

E te iwi, kia haumaru te noho.

Hoe Tonga is committed to hosting safe and enjoyable Regional Sprint Champs leading up to the Waka Ama Nationals and World Sprint Champs in 2022. However, the situation with the Delta outbreak in Aotearoa remains a concern. We have a duty of care for our region’s paddlers and whānau and would like to ensure that we protect everyone from the spread of COVID-19.

After considering all the information about COVID-19 and taking into account the traffic light system announced by the NZ Government, the Board of Hoe Tonga has made the decision to mandate double vaccinations of paddlers for all Hoe Tonga events going forward.

Under the new traffic light system, no event with more than 100 participants would be able to go ahead unless participants are fully vaccinated. In addition, while the World Sprint Champs in London are still scheduled to go ahead, they will require all paddlers to be fully vaccinated.

Therefore, we want to start gearing up our waka ama community to meet these criteria. For our future events, we will have a ‘no jab, no paddle’ policy, requiring all participants 12 years or older to be fully vaccinated to be eligible to participate. If those paddlers are not fully vaccinated, they will not be eligible to participate in Hoe Tonga events, or be able to qualify for the Waka Ama Nationals through the Hoe Tonga regional events. For our upcoming Regional Sprint Champs, if official vaccination certificates via the NZ Government are not yet in place,  we will be asking all paddlers 12 years or older (and also the volunteers that assist in the running of the events) to confirm they are fully vaccinated by way of our event liability forms. More information on this will be released in the coming weeks.

Importantly, if you have not had your vaccination yet, there is still time. With the minimum 3-week gap between the first and second shot, paddlers can be fully vaccinated in time for our Regionals.

Our decision was not made lightly as everyone has the right to make a personal choice and we would like to respect each individual decision. However, we have received enough guidance and direction to pursue our course of action. We want to minimise the risk of paddlers and whanau being exposed to or potentially spreading COVID-19. Vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best ways to protect your whānau against COVID-19. High vaccination rates protect our whole community, including those who can’t be vaccinated for medical and age reasons. We all need to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have included below a list of common questions related to our stance on vaccinations.

In addition to the new vaccination requirement, our Board has also decided to adjust the dates for our two regional events. This is to give us more time to achieve the 90% vaccination rate across NZ, and increases the likelihood of our W6 event being able to go ahead:

  • W1 races: now held on 27 November
  • W6/W12 races: now held on 11/12 December

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still paddle in the region if I am not vaccinated?

You can still paddle for your own club and in your own time but not in Hoe Tonga sanctioned events as there is a risk of you being exposed and or potentially exposing others to COVID-19.

How does the entry system work for paddlers?

All entries will require paddlers to sign a form to confirm that they have been vaccinated. If you have not signed the form you will not be eligible to enter into any events organised by Hoe Tonga.

If you have not been vaccinated to date, is it still possible to enter the upcoming Regional Sprint Champs?

There is enough time to get double vaccinated in time for our upcoming Regionals.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

Go to FAQs: Doctors Stand Up For Vaccination.

Where can I get General Government information and updates?

Go to Unite against COVID-19.

Message to Porirua Clubs

Nau mai, haere mai, eke mai!

This is a karanga to all our waka ama whānau based in Porirua – this includes our clubs and paddlers affiliated to Hoe Tonga and also any other waka ama paddlers in the Porirua area who may not affiliated to Hoe Tonga but are part of our waka community and whānau.

We’d like to invite you to a hui to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our waka ama whānau in Porirua.

When: 2.00pm, Sunday 31 October 2021

Where:  Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Inc, on the corner of Te Hiko St and Ngāti Toa St, Takapūwāhia, Porirua (just opposite the marae).

At our recent AGM, one of the topics that generated a lot of discussion was around some of the challenges that have been facing our waka whānau based around Te Awarua-o-Parirua, the Porirua Harbour. In particular, the limited space available to the increasing number of harbour users wanting to enjoy the water, and the lack of resources/facilities available to support our waka community.

There was general agreement from the clubs present that the time is right for our waka community to come together to have a kōrero about our aspirations for waka ama in Porirua. How we can work together to address some of these challenges we are facing as a waka community, and also create opportunities for our waka whānau in the rohe. This hui is intended as a forum for this kōrero to happen. Hope you can join us!  

Please RSVP to: hoetonga@gmail.com by Friday 29 October 2021

Sprint Regionals 2021

At this stage we are still planning on running our regional events over at Henley Lake but with the uncertainty around Covid-19 and the current level system there may be some changes.

If we remain at L2 our W1 races will still be held but will be run under the guidelines set out by Waka Ama NZ. We hope to release these details this coming weekend. Unfortunately if we remain at L2 we may not be able to hold the team races, we will keep you updated as more information comes to hand.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate Covid-19 Level restrictions and understand its not ideal, however we hope that all our clubs and their members are enjoying being able to train and be on the water. Although there is no certainty that Waka Ama is heading down the path to participants at events having to have their vaccinations, we are encouraging all our members to get vaccinated. Like all other major events there is that possibility that this will be put into place. So please encourage your club members, whanau and friends to get vaccinated.

If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with us.

Waka Ama NZ Covid-19 Information and Webinar

With summer rolling around fast, Waka Ama NZ are gearing up for another busy summer of paddling and events all around Aotearoa. We can’t wait to see you all again and especially looking forward to Sprint Nationals in January, Takapuna Beach Cup in February, Secondary School Nationals in March and Long Distance Nationals in April. 

It has been a difficult and challenging 18 months, but here in Aotearoa, we have been pretty lucky to be able to still paddle, compete and mostly continue to do what we love on the water. 

Moving forward as we learn more about this current outbreak and learn to live with COVID 19 in our lives, it is important to Waka Ama New Zealand that our community and our Waka Ama whānau are as safe and protected as possible. 

There are lots of measures that we can all take to help protect ourselves and our whānau and these are available on the Covid 19 website:  https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/protect-yourself-and-others-from-covid-19/

One of the biggest tools we have available for protection is the COVID 19 Vaccine. Being fully vaccinated, if you are eligible, will help ensure our community is safe from the virus, it will also help to protect those who are not eligible to receive the vaccine and it will help to ensure that Waka Ama events can continue to take place over summer. 

Waka Ama New Zealand encourage our entire waka ama community to get vaccinated if you are within the eligible ages. 

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing information about the vaccination and vaccination rollout to help to inform those who are not yet vaccinated. We encourage all of our Regions and Clubs to pass on credible information about the Covid 19 vaccine to their members and whānau. 

On Wednesday 13th October at 7pm we will be hosting a Webinar that will be open for anyone to attend and hear from leading medical practitioners (who are also part of our waka ama whānau), who will talk about the Covid 19 vaccine and answer questions. We encourage you to join that webinar and pass it on to anyone who may be interested. More information on how to sign up here

Whilst we haven’t received any directive from the Government yet regarding a vaccine mandate for events, this may be something that takes effect in the near future and to avoid disappointment, those who are putting off getting vaccinated should initiate the process now. 

Here is a link that provides all the info on how to book your vaccine


Waka Ama New Zealand is here to answer any questions that you may have, please don’t hesitate to ask by emailing admin@wakaama.co.nz

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2022

Online entries are open for the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2022 – all info can be found here: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1523

Pānui 1 and a Nationals COVID FAQs is online here: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1523 

Waka Ama NZ are currently working on the premise that our 2022 National Sprint Championships at Lake Karāpiro in January will be going ahead. We know times are uncertain and we are monitoring any changes with regard to COVID-19 moving forward – check out the COVID FAQs for more information.

Waka Ama NZ will be sending regular updates leading up to January. In the meantime don’t hesitate to contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any further questions.