Trol­leys get ready to race

East­side derby tests down­hill stu­dents’ rac­ing skills

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Those brave enough to go rac­ing down­hill have the chance to feel the wind in their hair with a new com­mu­nity event.

The Mokoia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with the East­side Com­mu­nity Col­lec­tive, is host­ing an East­side Trol­ley Derby on Novem­ber 4.

It will be at the top of Wharenui Rd with rac­ing start­ing at 11.30am.

Last year, 15 Ro­torua Lakes High School stu­dents were sup­ported with host­ing the Amaz­ing Place Race.

Feed­back from the com­mu­nity was to have an­other event in 2018.

So this year Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved by host­ing the East­side Trol­ley Derby.

The Mokoia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion’s Whatu-ira lead Mary Ni­cholas says this event caters for all ages and is a lot of fun for all the wha¯ nau.

“Our events not only al­low us to bring out East­side com­mu­ni­ties to­gether but also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side our lo­cal school-aged youth, to en­hance their skills, learn­ing and knowl­edge base around or­gan­is­ing and man­ag­ing a com­mu­nity event.

“We be­lieve that by build­ing lo­cal lead­ers among our youth the East­side will thrive and be known for its sense of com­mu­nity.”

Ralph Mosen, pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Hori­zon Con­sul­tancy Ltd, has worked with stu­dents from Ro­tokawa, Owhata and Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate schools build­ing trol­leys for the event.

These trol­leys will be avail­able if peo­ple do not have their own, but peo­ple still need to reg­is­ter.

A high­light for Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate pupils tak­ing part in the build­ing of trol­leys in­cluded test driv­ing the carts and learn­ing what it takes to host a com­mu­nity event.

Mary says there will be prizes and safety gear will be avail­able.

“It’s bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether and hav­ing a fun day, whether you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing or sup­port­ing.”

Regis­tra­tion forms are avail­able from all East­side schools and the Mokoia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, or go to­sid­east­

Reg­is­tra­tions close at 5pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

Mary says it is hoped the East­side Trol­ley Derby will be­come an an­nual event in­creas­ing in num­bers each year.

Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate’s Daean­tae, Ian, Lo­gan, Moe­hewa and Cody show­cas­ing their work.

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