The Hoe Tonga Pacifica Waka Ama Association (Hoe Tonga) is the organisation representing Waka Ama (Outrigger Canoeing) in the lower North Island and Wellington region. 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 600 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. On 5 October 2015, member clubs agreed to a new Board structure for Hoe Tonga, please click here for a copy of the new constitution. (A copy of the previous constitution is available here.)

Hoe Tonga Board

From early 2016, Hoe Tonga will be governed by a Board (as soon as elections have taken place). In the meantime, a committee consisting of the executive officers and representatives of the region’s clubs is still operating.

For relevant up to date contacts, please click here.


The region is administered by our administrator Gaylene Sciascia. Please email her on hoetonga@gmail.com or call her on 021 620 408.

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.