We are pleased to announce the return of Tai Tonga 41 Outrigger Canoe Club as an affiliated club. They took a small break from the Waka Ama scene but are now back at Evans Bay again eager to get back onto the water. They have a couple teams entered this Saturday so give the a warm welcome when you see them on the water.

If you are looking for a waka ama club in Wellington City, in particular around the western suburbs check these guys out. Contact taitonga41@gmail.com for more information.

For a list of other clubs throughout the region check out the clubs tab.Tai Tonga

Board Position and AGM

A Friendly reminder that positions for the Hoe Tonga Board is closing next Friday July 31st. Remember to send applications through to hoetonga@gmail.com.

Successful applicants will assist in the planning and direction of Waka Ama and must attend at least four meetings per year. Most meetings will be done via Zoom or Microsoft Teams so you can still assist in the strategic thinking even if you are in the northern part of the Hoe Tonga region. Feel free to contact Matai or Joern for more information at the email outlined above.


Also a reminder that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on August 5th 7:30pm, everyone is welcomed to join via the zoom link below. Clubs please ensure that at least one representative attends from your club. Once again email hoetonga@gmail.com on who that rep will be.

When you join please enter on Mute.


Meeting ID: 924 5012 1551
Password: 113131

Paddler Series Race 1 Results

Well done to everyone who competed this weekend. It was great to see everyone still participating in Waka Ama after the lockdown and it is always good to see familiar faces.

Thank you to PCKC for hosting such a great race and bringing the good weather for us. The results of the race and the points table is outlined below.

NOTE: Some divisions have been merged on the points table due to lack of numbers in a division. For example if your team was the only senior master mens team you may be moved into the master or even open mens on the points table. We have separated this in the original points sheet therefore the divisions may differ for teams on each link.



The next race is being hosted by Hawaikinui at Ngati Toa Domain on August 1st. Don’t forget to enter your crews for this race as well. See you all at the next one.


Hoe Tonga Board Position Available

We are sad to announce that Paul Marshall and Jillian Savell has resigned as a members of the Hoe Tonga Board.

We would like to thank them for their commitment to Waka Ama throughout the region over the years.

Paul has put in countless hours towards laying out the direction of Waka Ama in the region and has gotten his hands dirty in volunteering, in particular the Waka Ama Secondary School Regional Sprints. His passion for Waka will not be replaced.

Although Jillian has been a board member for a short time she has contributed significantly with her specialised knowledge and direction. All the best in Tauranga Jillian

Therefore there are now two vacancies available on the Hoe Tonga Board and we would encourage anyone who is enthusiastic about meeting our strategic goals of the region. The deadline for any applications will be July 31st 2020

The process is as follows:

  • Nominations can be made by Member Clubs. You can nominate any individual. Nominees do not need be a member/paddler of your club or region.
  • We are seeking Board members who will take an active involvement in the sport’s governance body and in the best interests of its membership as a whole. All nominees must be honest, reliable, trustworthy and comfortable to ‘walk and talk’, particularly in relation to the values of our sport (as outlined in our Strategic Plan).
  • Clubs and nominees must fill in the nomination form. They must be received, completed with relevant nominee profile and sent to hoetonga@gmail.com. The list of nominees, along with their profiles, will be posted on the Hoe Tonga website.
  • Click here to download the nomination form.

AGM 2020 Via Zoom

This years Hoe Tonga AGM will be done via zoom on Wednesday August 5th at 7:30pm. The link to the zoom call is just below.


This is a public meeting so anyone with an interest in Waka Ama throughout the region can join.

We ask to have at least one representative from each club to join the call and let Matai know who the nominated person will be two days before the meeting by emailing hoetonga@gmail.com.

The agenda will be posted out at a later date.

Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2020

Welcome to the Hoe Tonga Paddler Series 2020, designed to attract new paddlers to our sport, and to enable paddlers and teams to race during the winter season

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

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

Click here to download the full information package for the Series.

Please note: Any canoes with visible damage or cracks will be considered not seaworthy and will not pass safety checks.

Please note that race details from the full pack is subject to change. Please keep an eye on specific race information.

Race 1 (PCKC):  11th July (Sat), Onepoto

Race 2 (Hawaikinui): 1st August (Sat),  Ngati Toa Domain

Race 3 (Whanganui River Outrigger Canoe Club): 5th September (Sat), Whanganui (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19)

Race 4 (Hoe Tonga): 17th October (Sat), Foxton Beach

Other information

Still at Level 3 Reminder

A reminder to all paddlers that we are still at level 3 of the Covid 19 alert system. This means no W6 or W12 are to be on the water. You can still jump on W1 but please adhere to the current restrictions to keep everyone safe. Hopefully only a few more days to go with this restriction but it is there to keep everyone safe.

Yesterday morning there was a crew out on a W6 which was spotted by people in their W1 and other members of the public who are not involved in Waka Ama. This is not a good look for our kaupapa so please be patient and wait until the restriction is lifted.


Waka Ama Courses with Corinna Gage

Kia ora koutou! After the success of our online courses over the past few weeks, WANZ have added another four sessions for next week. Enter online now, there is a range of times and dates to suit! Contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any further questions

They will be on the dates

  • Tuesday 5th May – How to Coach 10am
  • Thursday 7th May – Paddling Basics 2pm
  • Saturday 9th May – How to Coach 2pm
  • Sunday 10th May – Paddling Basics 10am

Follow this link to enter: https://enternowonline.com/4424/events

Waka Ama Foundation Coaching Course proudly brought to you by Waka Ama NZ and delivered by Corrina Gage.

Modules to be delivered online:

  • Waka Ama – How to coach (3-4hrs): This module will cover skills and techniques to become an effective coach
  • Waka Ama – Coaching paddling basics (3-4hrs): This module will cover an introduction to waka ama, getting started and the paddling stroke

COST (per course, per person):

  • $17.50 Waka Ama NZ Affiliated paddlers (affiliated to an NZ waka ama club – WANZ ID will be needed to register)
  • $30.00 New Zealand residents – who are not affiliated to a Waka Ama NZ member club
  • $50.00 International Registrations – please note all courses are in New Zealand Standard Time

Minimum of 10 registered for the course to go ahead, a maximum of 20 per course.

Registrations for each course will close the day beforehand

Please contact admin@wakaama.co.nz if you have any questions