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Race for Motutapu

Published: 10 April 2018
  • Kiwi Team Pongo – Robyn Proffit, Glenn Murphy, Nellie Caffery, Heather Masiutama, Bryan Hancock and Kiwi Team Kowhai ( Wayne Young, Matti Browne, Jo Casey, Jenny Scott and Madisen Su’a

A team of Auckland Council Pools and Leisure Centre members has raised $500 to support the restoration of Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

The gym members joined 2000 other competitors in the Partners Life DUAL off-road running and mountain bike race on Motutapu and Rangitoto islands in March.

Funds raised from the event will help create a safe habitat for native birds thanks to the preservation and reforestation efforts of Motutapu Restoration Trust.

Joining the race to save an island

Partners Life Dual and Auckland Council Pools and Leisure teamed up to sponsor 20 gym members to participate in the event.

Five successful teams of four were selected from members of the Tepid Baths, and from the Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa, Takapuna and Manurewa leisure centres.

The all-woman team from Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa, supported by fitness team leader Shaun Herman, committed to raising $1 for every kilometre they ran in training, raising $500 in a huge show of support.

Race for Motutapu (2)
Moana- Nui-a Kiwa team - Hazel Abraham, Sandra Searle, Mary Rahiti, and Lee Hukui

Creating a safe habitat for our native species

The team’s effort was recognised in a letter of thanks from Motutapu Restoration Trust chair Brett Butland.

“The donation will contribute towards planting more trees and bringing more wildlife, including kiwi and takahē, back to this special island,” he says.

Rangitoto and Motutapu islands are completely pest free, which means there are no non-native pest animals like rats, mice, stoats, possums and feral cats. Since achieving its pest-free status, Motutapu  has become home to kiwi, takahē, whitehead, tīeke (saddleback), pāteke, korimako (bellbird), kākāriki and shore plovers.

Learn more about volunteering or becoming a Friend of Motutapu.