The Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association (Hoe Tonga) is the organisation representing Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoeing) in the lower North Island. The region comprises the sub-areas Wellington, Horowhenua, the Manawatu, the Wairarapa and Whanganui.

Hoe Tonga is one of six regional associations in New Zealand and affiliated to Waka Ama New Zealand (Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa). Waka Ama New Zealand (Nga Kaihoe o Aotearoa) represents Waka Ama at the national level. There are over 500 paddlers in our region, click here to get an up to date view on the region’s membership.


Hoe Tonga’s functions include

  • representing and governing Waka Ama in the region
  • developing and growing Waka Ama in the region
  • assisting in the development and management of clubs
  • informing (and communicating with) its stakeholders
  • facilitating the organisation of events and competitions
  • assisting in the development of coaches and high performance paddlers

This website is the key means of communication for Hoe Tonga to inform paddlers and interested stakeholders of Waka Ama news and events in the region.

For information about Waka Ama at the national level, please go to www.wakaama.co.nz.


The key governance document for Hoe Tonga is its constitution. It sets out Hoe Tonga’s role and how decisions are made. Please click here to access a copy.


Day to day management matters are the responsibility of the Executive Officers and the administrator. For relevant up-to-date contacts, please click here.

Hoe Tonga Committee

Hoe Tonga is governed (and decisions are made) by a Committee consisting of the Executive Officers and representatives of the region’s clubs. A role description for club representatives can be found here.

For relevant up to date contacts, please click here.

Strategic Plan

Hoe Tonga’s strategic plan 2014-18 sets out the key direction for the organisation, its vision, mission, values and key strategic initiatives to further develop Waka Ama in the region. Please click here for a copy.