North­land’s ‘Coast to Coast’

Northern News - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

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

BAY­LEY MOOR/STUFF

Lee Lidgard, Frank Hai­mona and Tom Ni­cholas, at the start­ing point for the in­au­gu­ral Te Rima mul­ti­sport event in Pai­hia.

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