He made his debut for the All Blacks during the 2011 Tri Nations tournament. Hoeata"s sporting talents centred on volleyball in which he played for the New Zealand secondary schools team in regular series against Australia. But in his latter years at school he showed some rugby talent and was selected in the Tauranga Boys" College first XV and then the Bay of Plenty secondary schools side.
After his schooldays in Tauranga, Hoeata headed for Christchurch to try his hand at Teachers College, while also having a crack at advancing his rugby.
After a season of club rugby, playing alongside the likes of Andrew Mehrtens and Reuben Thorne on occasions, Canterbury officials saw his talent and was whisked into the union"s academy setup and went on to play for Canterbury and the Crusaders development team He came off the bench but hasn"t been rememberd if it was to replace Thorne on the blindside flank or one of the starting locks.
The 2006 season proved to be a turning point for Hoeata, then aged 23. He made the move to Taranaki.
lieutenant became clear Hoeata would have to leave Canterbury just because there were so many All Blacks there.
He added another 13 caps in 2007 from a one-match suspension. After making a dangerous charge on North Harbour fullback George Pisi. After losing much of 2008 to a serious knee injury Hoeata established himself as a regular starter for Taranaki in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup after making 12 starts to earn himself a Super Rugby contract.
Hoeata earned a spot with the Chiefs for the 2010 Super 14 season, and spent the season as a depth player on the squad, making 5 appearances but not starting a match.
But got his chance to make his Super Rugby debut off the bench against the Bulls. When Jamie Joseph, who had previously coached Hoeata with the New Zealand Māori, offered Hoeata a chance to move south to join the Highlanders for the 2011 Super Rugby season, Hoeata jumped at the chance.
While he played mainly at flanker with Taranaki, Joseph chose to use him as a lock and he developed into one of the form players of the competition, with his strong play keeping All Black Tom Donnelly on the substitute"s bench. After a strong season with Taranaki, Hoeata was selected to the New Zealand Māori for their 2010 Centenary Series.
Used as a lock by coach Jamie Joseph, he started all three games in the series and was one of the standouts in victories over Ireland and England.
Hoeata"s strong performances with the Highlanders have saw him garner attention as a potential future All Black, and he was selected to the national squad for the 2011 Tri Nations Series. He made his All Blacks debut on 22 July 2011 against Fiji in a 60–14 victory. However he narrowly missed selection to the victorious New Zealand squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.