Northland’s ‘Coast to Coast’
The Far North is set to host its own version of a Coast to Coast multisport event.
More than 200 people have already signed up to take part in Te¯ Rima, which will see participants make their way from Paihia on the East Coast, finishing up in the small Hokianga settlement of Horeke on the West Coast.
Te¯ Rima - named after the five legs of the event - will begin with a 1.2km swim from the southern side of the Paihia wharf on October 28. A 10km run, 10.3km kayak, waka ama or stand-up paddle board section, followed by a 76km cycle along the Pou Herenga cycle trail and a final 3km run makes up the challenge.
Teams and individuals have entered with a number of schools taking part and even competitors from Rarotonga.
Event organiser Frank Haimona, of Time2Train, says the event is Northland’s version of the Coast to Coast, a gruelling 234km race from the West Coast of the South Island to the East.
Haimona, along with fellow organisers Lee Lidgard and Tom Nicholas, have all completed the South Island race - running over mountains, kayaking 70km and cycling for 140km.
The Far North event is ‘‘outstandingly beautiful’’ and takes in a number of historic sites, Haimona says.
‘‘There has been a call for an event of this nature up here,’’ Haimona says.
‘‘While there is only one true Coast to Coast [the South Island event] - Te¯ Rima has its own unique scenery and flavour to it.’’
The idea for the event originally came about from Te Runanga o Ngati Hine - to commemorate the New Zealand land wars.
Haimona and his Time2Train team, with support from local communities and the Far North District Council have since taken over organising the event, which passes by sites of significance for the land wars.
Talks are already underway for next year’s event, which has the potential to start at Waitangi finishing at the Ma¯ngungu Mission in Horeke, connecting two sites where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. A powhiri will be held on October 27, with race day on October 28, followed by the awards ceremony and lunch the following day.
❚ Te Rima Multisport Challenge October 28. Visit https:/ /terima.co.nz
Lee Lidgard, Frank Haimona and Tom Nicholas, at the starting point for the inaugural Te Rima multisport event in Paihia.